A full recap will come at the conclusion of the meet, but we couldn’t wait to share this one with you: Rockville-Montgomery’s Jack Conger swam a 46.15 in the 100 fly to win the open division.
Yes, that’s right, a 46.15. And he’s a “backstroker,” or something.
Though it won’t count officially as this is not a high school meet, that’s the fastest time ever swum by a high schooler in the 100 fly (faster than Shields, Crocker, Phelps, Schooling, or anybody else you can name) by almost four-tenths. The National High School Record sits at 46.50, set by Bolles’ Joseph Schooling at the Florida State meet a month ago.
Tom Shields still holds the 17-18 NAG Record in a 44.9, swum at NCAA’s as a freshman at Cal. Crocker is 2nd on that list in 45.96, also from his freshman year, with Crocker now 3rd.
We don’t know if Conger will get the chance to swim this race in high school competition, but if he does – look out for the record to go down. Just wait and see what he does in his other races at this meet – the imagination runs wild with delight. This is what makes Conger such a dynamite recruit for the Texas Longhorns. At 18, not only is he one of the best backstrokers in the country, period; he also puts up legendary times in the sprint frees, middle-distance frees, and butterfly races, and that’s just what he’s shown us so far.