Jack Conger still unsure of event lineup at Trials (Video)

Reported by Lauren Neidigh.

MEN’S 100 FLY:

  1. Jack Conger– 52.24
  2. Caeleb Dressel– 52.29
  3. Tom Shields– 52.58

As usual, Cal’s Tom Shields had the edge with his front half speed, but coming in hot just a nail behind him was Texas’ Jack Conger. Florida’s Caeleb Dressel lurked just a few tenths behind, and it all came down to who had the most left in the tank on the back half. Dressel was the fastest of the 3 swimmers with his 27.17 closing split, but Conger did just enough to secure the gold, holding him off with a 52.24. Dressel’s 52.29 for silver was just .07 shy of his lifetime best, which stands at a 52.22 from 2016 Trials.

Shields held on for 3rd, touching in 52.58. Also clearing the 53-barrier was Stanford’s Andrew Liang (52.98), who narrowly out-touched Georgia’s Gunnar Bentz (53.03) for 4th.

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I’m hoping that his improvements SCY translate into the big pool this summer. I had hoped to see him in the 200 fly in rio, and I’m sure a fresh swim could net a 1:53 and put him in the podium conversation.

Tom from Chicago

Conger’s versatility is extraordinary to me. How a guy enters college as a backstroker and then breaks the American record in butterfly is amazing. The guys with strong 500 free backgrounds (like Phelps, Conger, and Seliskar) seem to do well in many different events.

If the US only swam LCM, I wonder what Conger’s times would be.


And broke the national public hs record in the 500. The class of 2013 was the best class by far rivaled only by 2014


I wish him to find the right balance of events choice – to truly get his talent on par with his potential in LC . He has got all that it takes to get on that US Team this summer . 200 free , he is damn good at , so i bet he will enter that one ( he is needed for that 800 free relay with a 1.45 ), and which one of the 2 butterfly events is better to focus on ? hard to say …i love the 100 fly he just swam – with some improvements and tweaks , he might be able to get a 51.5 at trials or better . The 200 is his… Read more »


I think his best event is 200 fly, he can swim a decent 100 fly too.
What makes the 100 fly so special is it related with medley relay.
At least he wouldn’t have these 2 fly events collide problem like his free events.

Off the topic, I wonder how much he wants to race against Schooling in fly events at international stage …
Must be pretty much. lol


He kills Schooling in the 200 LCM fly, a non-contest. 100 fly, he’s got some work to do. He can probably get down to 51.4 at least. Doubt Schooling will be as fast as he was at Rio.


Not sure I understand the get down to 51.4 part…
Conger PB for 100 fly is 51.26 from OT last year…

Schooling might surprise us in 200 fly this year, maybe not gold, but could be a factor.

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