This morning, Jack Conger unloaded a 51.95 in the 100 fly to take the top seed by well over a full second at the Texas Senior Circuit Championships, which is hosted by Texas A&M University. Tonight, he dropped a 51.83, the only swimmer to break 53 seconds. Now representing Nation’s Capital Swim Club, Conger was out like a rocket in 24.15, and came home in 27.68 for the win. His 51.64 from January is already the 5th fastest time in the world this year, and tonight he put up the 13th fastest time. Finishing 2nd behind him was Clark Smith in 53.13 (.11 off of a personal best), the only other competitor to come home under 28 seconds, and 3rd was Tripp Cooper (53.41). A classic UT sweep.
Smith won the 200 free earlier in the meet with a lifetime best of 1:49.23, his second time under 1:50 ever. He broke that barrier for the first time in June at the Arena Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara. He finished ahead of Nitro’s Sam Lewis (1:51.13) and Longhorn Aquatics teammate PJ Dunne (1:51.94).
Breeja Larson has already been 1:07.33 in the 100 breast this year, which ranks her 17th in the world, and put down a solid 1:08.39 to win the women’s race by a significant margin. Larson is swimming the 200 breaststroke at the World Championships in August, so this race was just more training for her as she prepares for her big meet of 2015.
On the men’s side, it was Andrew Wilson for the win at 1:02.25, just off of his best time of 1:01.87 which was actually swum earlier this year. He’s representing Longhorn Aquatics this summer (that might help if you look him up in the SWIMS database, seeing as there are about 1,000 Andrew Wilsons), and made a name for himself after breaking the NCAA D3 record in the 100 breast and cracking the nation’s top 10 fastest times ever earlier this year.
Placing 2nd in the B final of the 100 breast with a new Masters World Record for the 55-59 age group was David Guthrie. The 55-year-old, representing Rice Aquatics, broke his own record of 1:09.75 with his 1:08.44 from prelims, and then trimmed it down to 1:08.10 in finals. Before Guthrie swam that 1:09.75, the record was held by Timothy Shead of South Africa at 1:11.13, set in 2008.
- W200 free: Sarah Gibson (Aggie Swim Club) | 2:03.22
- W200 back: Claire Brandt (Unattached) | 2:13.12
- Personal best and Olympic Trials Cut
- M200 back: Will Glass (Longhorn Aquatics) | 2:03.74
- W100 fly: Sarah Gibson (Aggie Swim Club) | 1:00.45
- Personal best and Olympic Trials cut
- W400 IM: Bethany Galat (Aggie Swim Club) | 4:48.72
- Personal best by over three seconds and Olympic Trials cut
- M400 IM: Hayden Henry (Tigershark Swim Team) | 4:31.13