The Big 12 Conference published their first version of the psych sheet for the 2015 conference Championships at the University of Texas from Feb 25th to 28th. The University of Texas’s men’s program has never lost a Big 12 Conference Championship since the formation of the conference 18 years ago. The women’s team from Texas also won last year, giving the Longhorns their 12th Big 12 Conference Title.
The biggest shock is that NCAA leader Jack Conger will not be swimming the 200 butterfly. The sophomore posted the fastest NCAA time of the year and a new Texas School record against Arizona and SMU at the end of January with his 1:40.34. Even though he is not swimming the event at the Big 12 Championships, the 200 fly could still be an option for him at the NCAA Championships. His butterfly has looked strong all year. He has the third fastest SCY 100 fly in the NCAA at 45.76 right now and he also posted a world leading 51.6 100 LCM butterfly earlier in January. Although he leads the nation in the event at the moment, he will face a lot of competition from Michigan’s Dylan Bosch at the NCAA Championships if he chooses to swim that event. Bosch broke Michael Phelps’ and Tom Shields’ US Open records last year with his time of 1:39.33.
This weekend, Conger is entered in the 100 butterfly, the 100 backstroke, the 200 backstroke, and the 50 free as his exhibition race. In his backstroke events, he is currently nationally ranked 13th in the 100 backstroke at 46.32 and fourth in the 200 back at 1:39.84.
In other news, Will Licon will be the top seed in all three of his races; the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 breaststroke. John Murray is the top seed in both the 50 and 100 freestyles, Joseph Schooling is the top seed in both butterfly events, and Clark Smith is the top seed in the 500 and 1650 freestyles. On the women’s side, Sarah Denninghoff is the top seed in both backstroke events and Madisyn Cox is the top seed in both the 200 and 400 IM.