Jack Conger‘s been growing a fan-base since high school, wowing us with his versatile 50-500 free and 100-200 backstroke. Conger could do almost anything. At the 2012 US Olympic Trials, Conger, only 17 at the time, swam to 5th place in the 200m backstroke (1:58.9).
Conger’s back in 2016 swimming 100-200 butterfly in the shadow of the greatest athlete on earth, Michael Phelps. Conger’s in the pocket, an easy pick to make the U.S. Olympic Team in those events. His recent in-season 51.7 100m fly at the Longhorn Invite promises so much.
Last summer, Conger shaved and tapered three times. His third taper netted a 1:54 200m butterfly behind Phelps at the 2015 U.S. Nationals. When a swimmer can rest/shave three times, they’ve got a serious base of work behind them. I’m extremely bullish on Conger because I know he’s got 10 years of intense base training (exceptional age group development to elite level conditioning), and all intelligence points to him being a workout grinder, someone who brings it daily.
Conger needs to hit his taper…but I think he’s so talented he could be a little off his taper and still hit most of these times and places at the 2016 US Olympic Trials in Omaha.
200 fly? 1:53 – makes the individual behind Phelps.
100 fly? 50.8 – makes the individual behind Phelps.
100 free? Conger barely cracks 48 seconds, gets on the 4×100 relay. ***This is the one prediction that’s out there. I think Conger can do it, but I know I’m pushing it, thinking light-outs performance, a perfect swim.
200 free? Conger’s got a 1:45+ swim, if he wants it. I think he makes the 4×200 relay.
What do you think?
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