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.