The transition from backstroker to butterflyer continues for Texas Longhorn Jack Conger, who blasted a 51.95 in prelims of the 100 fly at the Texas Senior Circuit meet in College Station Saturday morning.
Late in his high school career, Conger seemed to be coming up through the ranks as a backstroker, but has really blown up in the fly races over the past year. In fact, he swam backstroke and freestyle a few weeks ago at the World University Games after those were the events he qualified to represent Team USA in last summer.
But Conger continues to flash in the butterfly races. This morning, he was just three tenths off his lifetime-best, which still ranks #5 in the world this year and #1 among Americans.
Even more impressive: this morning’s 100 fly was the second half of a back-to-back double. Right before the 100 fly, Conger swam the 200 back, but only went 2:05.63 for the fourth spot.
His Texas teammate Jon Roberts, representing North Texas Nadadores, was the top qualifier in 2:03.35.
It was a great day for Texas Longhorns and Longhorn Aquatic postgrads on Saturday. Clark Smith had a pair of nice swims. The NCAA 500 free champ is the top qualifier in the 200 free at 1:52.19, and is second behind Conger in the 100 fly at 53.48.
Fellow NCAA champ Will Licon dominated heats of the 400 IM, going 4:25.12 to take the top seed by over 10 full seconds.
Rising junior Rebecca Baxley leads the 200 back at 2:16.44, and And pro swimmer Lisa Boyce, who graduated from Princeton, but now trains at Texas, took the top spot in the 100 fly with a 1:01.07.
But the hosts of Texas A&M also came up big in the prelims session. U.S. Olympian Breeja Larson went 1:11.20 to easily lead the 100 breast. Larson is gearing up for the World Championships in just a few weeks.
Another Aggie, Sarah Gibson, had a pair of high-finishing races, leading the 200 free (2:06.47) and taking second in the 100 fly (1:02.52).
Former USC Trojan Maggie D’Innnocenzo is transferring to Texas for her final two college seasons, and she leads the women’s 400 IM at 4:59.07. That just outpaced Texas A&M’s Bethany Galat (4:59.64).
Another intriguing Longhorn representative is NCAA Division III national record-holder Andrew Wilson. The Emory Eagle is competing for Longhorn Aquatics in College Station this weekend, and went 1:02.41 for the top 100 breast seed. There’s no word on whether Texas is a long-term home for Wilson, or just a training home for the summer, but he has one more season of NCAA eligibility remaining.
Full results are available on Meet Mobile.