Jack Conger

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“It was my goal from the start to come in and lead by example day-in, day-out, and I feel like I’ve done that.

Jack Conger

Jack is a member of the USA National team and a 2016 Olympian. He is a graduate of the University of Texas, and currently holds the American and NCAA record in the 200 yard butterfly.

Personal life

Jack Conger was born on September 26, 1994. Conger grew up in Rockville, Maryland swimming for the Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club under head coach Sue Chen. In his later years, Conger attended Our Lady of Good-Counsel High School in the DC area and represented his school in high school swimming. During his high school swimming career, Conger broke the National High School Record in the 500-yard freestyle by three seconds, the oldest High School Record in the books (30 years old). Conger is also the National Independent High School Record Holder in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 42.81. Some other impressive times for Conger coming out of high school are his 46.15 100-yard butterfly, his 45.32 100-yard backstroke, his 1:38.75 200-yard backstroke, his 1:34.16 200-yard freestyle, and his 19.85 50-yard freestyle.

University of Texas
2013-2014
In just his freshman season at Texas Conger finished as a five-time All-American. He placed fifth in the 500 freestyle, sixth in the 100 butterfly and eighth in the 200 backstroke in addition to his two top-eight performances as a member of the 200 medley relay and the 800 freestyle relay.

Texas Alum and Olympic swim star Aaron Piersol is a big inspiration to Conger.  And after hitting a mental wall his freshman year, it was a conversation with Piersol that changed Conger’s mentality about the sport.

2014-2015

courtesy of Andy Ringgold

At the NCAA Championships Conger advanced to the championship final of the 100-yard fly within a stacked heat all within just one second. He touched in 2nd overall after leading the heat at the 50-yard point, just .04 seconds behind teammate, Joseph Schooling. In the 200-yard fly, which he had recently broke both the American and U.S. Open Records in, Conger finished 2nd once again behind Schooling this time by just .12 seconds.

2015-2016

At the 2016 Big 12 Championships, Jack Conger won the 200 butterfly, placed 2nd in the 100 butterfly, and 3rd in the 100 backstroke.  He was crowned NCAA Champion in three relays with Texas, the 400 medley, 200 free, and 800 free. In his individual swims, he picked up a silver medal in the 200 yard butterfly in 1:38.06 behind Texas teammate, Joseph Schooling. His time was a new American record. In the 100 yard butterfly, Conger took the bronze medal in 44.87.

2016-2017

In his final NCAA Championships, Conger finally became an individual National Champion in his last ever individual swim as a college swimmer. He took gold in the 200 yard butterfly in a new NCAA, U.S. and American record time of 1:37.35. Conger wasted no time in dominating the rest of the field, leading by over a second by the halfway point. He continued to build momentum to finish 1 and a half seconds ahead of silver medalist Zheng Quah from Cal. In the 100 yard butterfly, Conger finished third behind Florida’s Caeleb Dressel and Texas teammate Joseph Schooling. He swam a best time of 44.35. Conger also picked up three golds and a silver as a member of Texas relays to help Texas secure the National Title. The golds came in the 200 and 400 freestyle and 400 medley relays. The silver came in the 800 yard freestyle relay. He also swam the 50 yard freestyle, finishing second in the consolation final.

International Competition

2012 Olympic Trials/US Open 

At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Conger advanced to the final in the 200m backstroke, where he finished fifth, and also in the 100m backstroke, where he came in eighth. Two months later Conger placed second in the 200m backstroke at the U.S. Open Championships, which placed Conger on the 2012-2013 U.S. National Team.

2012 Jr Pan Pacific Championships 

Conger brought home the gold in the 200m (1:57.20) and 100m (54.07) backstroke and 50m freestyle (22.69) at the 2012 Jr Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, as well as a bronze in the 100m freestyle. He also earned a gold in the 400m Freestyle relay, and silvers in the 800m freestyle relay and 400m medley relay.

2013 World University Games

He won gold in the 200m backstroke at the 2013 World University Games (1:55.47), and at the same University Games he also earned a bronze medal on the 400m medley relay.

2015 World University Games

At the 2015 World University Games, Conger earned a silver in the 100 meter freestyle and 400 meter freestyle relay and a bronze in the 100 meter backstroke.

2016 U.S Olympic Trials

Jack Conger (4×200 free relay)

Conger secured a relay spot on the US Olympic team with a bronze in the 200 meter freestyle. He had a stunning final 50 split of 26.83 to gain on the leaders and over take Ryan Lochte. He finished 0.11 seconds behind  his Texas teammate Townley Haas who took the gold.

2016 Rio Olympic Games

In his Olympic debut, Conger won a gold medal for his heat swim of the 800 meter freestyle relay. He combined with Clark Smith, Gunnar Bentz and Ryan Lochte to send Team USA into the final in second position.

Conger got caught up in an incident in Rio with teammates Bentz, Lochte and Jimmy Feigen. The four were involved in an incident at a gas station, where initially it was said Lochte had been robbed at gunpoint. That story was later disputed by the Rio police. After different versions of the story and accusations surfaced, Conger and Bentz were pulled off the plane to provide testimony.

2017 World Championship Trials

courtesy of Mike Lewis

Conger qualified for the World Championships with a gold medal in the 200 meter butterfly. He touched first in a new best time of 1:54.47, just ahead of Pace Clark in second. He just missed out on another individual swim in Budapest when he touched third in the 100 meter butterfly, 0.03 behind Tim Phillips in second.

2017 World Championships

Conger won a bronze medal in Budapest as a member of the 4×200 meter freestyle relay. He joined Blake Pieroni, Townley Haas and Zane Grothe in the final.

Earlier in the week, Conger swam in the 200 meter butterfly where he finished 5th in the final in 1:54.88.

International Medals

Place Event Year Meet
Bronze 800 Freestyle Relay 2017 World Championships
Gold 800 Freestyle Relay 2016 Olympic Games

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 200 Free 1:31.89 03/23/16 2016 NCAA D1 Championships
Atlanta, Georgia
scy 100 Back 45.68 02/27/15 2015 Big-12 Championships
Austin, Texas
scy 200 Back 1:39.70 02/28/15 2015 Big-12 Championships
Austin, Texas
scy 100 Fly 44.35 03/24/17 2017 NCAA D1 Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana
scy 200 Fly 1:37.35 03/25/17 2017 NCAA D1 Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana
lcm 200 Free 1:45.77 06/28/16 2016 US Olympic Trials
Omaha, Nebraska
lcm 100 Fly 51.26 07/02/16 2016 US Olympic Trials
Omaha, Nebraska
lcm 200 Fly 1:54.47 06/27/17 2017 Phillips 66 National Championships
Indianapolis, Indiana
Jack Conger (4x200 free relay) Jack Conger, center, USA Swimming's hope for 2016 Rio Olympic Games (Photo Credit: Tim Binning, theswimpictures) Texas Freshman Jack Conger prepares for the start of the 100 fly championship final at the 2014 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictues) Jack Conger (photo: Mike Lewis)