Personal and Youth Swimming:
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 (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
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.
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.
At the 2016 Big 12 Championships, Texas Junior, 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.
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.
Prior to joining Texas Conger was a multi-time medalist in international competitions. Conger brought home the gold in the 200m backstroke (1:57.20) at the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and a year later he won gold in the 200m backstroke again 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.
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 2013-2014 U.S. National Team.
At the 2015 World University Games, Haas 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
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.