Conger Fires Back; Breaks Murphy’s Record at Tom Dolan

Might we be seeing the development of the next great rivalry of American swimming? With Phelps retired and Lochte aging, Jack Conger and Ryan Murphy are stepping into the spotlight with the latest shot coming from Conger on night 3 of the Tom Dolan Invitational at the University of Maryland.

There, Conger broke Murphy’s 100 backstroke National Age Group Record with a 45.32. Murphy’s old mark stood just for a month at 45.34 from the Florida High School State Championship meet.

This record will be in danger many more times before its settled; keep in mind that Murphy won’t age out of 17-18’s until after his freshman year of college, while Conger is already 18. Still, the two swimmers will go through all four years of college together (Murphy at Cal, Conger at Texas, the two highest profile programs in the sport right now) and will get the chance to battle head-to-head in this race surely many, many more times over the next decade.

This record won’t count as the National High School Record, as it wasn’t swum while representing Conger’s high school, but it is the fastest ever done by a swimmer who is in high school.

Enjoy it, because history is developing right now.

Live meet results available here.

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Philip Johnson

this may be the beginning of the great rivalry indeed..


I hope Andre Augusto keep up developing (14 old 58.26 LCM 100 back) and also put up with those 2 on backstroke


thats not quite the same level as these two.

To be truthful, André Augusto is faster than Conger(59.15) and slower than Murphy(57,76 the 1th) in US 13-14 all time in 100 backstroke.
But i find hard to draw any comparison with someone too young.Lets see what he will do in 2 or 3 years.


i mean things happen, just look at Seth Beer was the future of backstroke and them BOOM! baseball seemed more fun

Justin Thompson

Let’s just hope Conger and Murphy can make the transition to LCM and remain dominant. Short course yards is a totally different ball game and hard to measure where a swimmer is at. Some of these guys get swallowed up by LCM.

Conger was 54.0 and Murphy 53.7 and both here 1:57 this summer in the 1/2 back, I think they are both just fine in LCM.



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