Texas Longhorn Jack Conger is back from representing Team USA at World University Games, and has already made waves back in the States with a lifetime-best 1:48.47 in the 200 free.
Conger, representing Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP), is competing at the Potomac Valley Senior Championships in Maryland this week, and blazed his way through the second night of action with a top-10-ranked time nationally.
That 1:48.47 sits at #7 for Americans this year – keep in mind that in the 200 free, the top 6 qualifiers at next summer’s Olympic Trials will make the U.S. Olympic Team to fill out relay spots.
Conger’s event selection has been a point of much discussion over the past few seasons, as he came up through the age group ranks as a backstroker and freestyler, but has really broken out as a butterflyer lately.
Still, though, the expanded relay selections in the 100 and 200 freestyles might make those events Conger’s best shot at the U.S. Olympic team, given how loaded American swimming is at butterfly at the moment. Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte have both put major focuses on the 100 fly in the latter stages of their careers, Tom Shields was last summer’s national champ and Tim Phillips is competing in the event at the World Championships in a few weeks.
Conger’s 200 free tonight saw him decisively beat the nation’s top incoming college freshman, fellow NCAP swimmer Andrew Seliskar. Seliskar was 1:50.29.
We’ll have a full recap of the PV Senior Championships after the meet concludes this weekend. Results are available here, though they don’t seem to be updated as of publication. You can also find results on the Meet Mobile app.