Jack Conger Adds Backstroke to Fly/Free Combo for Olympic Trials

2016 U.S. Olympic Trials

One of America’s top butterfliers, Jack Conger, will swim both backstrokes in addition to his expected butterfly and freestyle combo at the upcoming Olympic Trials.

Conger, who holds the American record in the 200y butterfly, is poised to earn his first Olympic team berth as the #2 seed in the 200 fly and #3 seed in the 100 fly.

After his impressive sub-48 relay split from the 2015 World University Games in addition to NCAA free relay heroics, Conger was expected to go for the 100 and 200 free to make his way onto one of the USA’s free relays for Rio. He’s seeded 8th in the 200 free and 11th in the 100 free.

The somewhat surprising additions to his lineup are the 100 and 200 backstrokes. Of course, just because a swimmer is entered in an event does not mean they will swim it, so this could be a move to keep Conger’s options open for the week. Nonetheless, he did not swim any backstroke at NCAAs this year after coming to Texas as a very strong backstroker in high school.

Conger also has yet to swim any long course backstroke in the 2015-16 season, which suggests his backstroke entries for Omaha are more for the “keeping his options open” possibility. His seed times are 54.09 and 1:58.54, respectively, and he’s seeded 6th in the 100 and 13th in the 200.

If he were to make the final of all four fly and back races (100 fly, 200 fly, 100 back, 200 back), he’d have a 100 fly-200 back double one night and a 100 back-200 fly double another night.

Notably, Conger’s also entered in the 50 free, where he sits at 32nd with a 22.72, a time he posted at a Texas senior circuit meet in June of 2015.

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tea rex
8 years ago

I give Conger a 95% chance of scratching 100 Bk, and 80% chance of scratching 200 Bk.
My guess is:
200 free – makes relay 1:46 low
200 fly – squeaks into finals the same night at 1:56. In finals, 1:54.0 to qualify.
100 free – prelims only if he’s already on the team. 48.6
100 fly – 51 low does not qualify.

Reply to  tea rex
8 years ago

Yess , thats what i sense for him

swim dawg
Reply to  tea rex
8 years ago

what if he misses the team in the 200 free. what then is your guess for goal time in 100 free. and what if he is two tenths slower. does he risk it and swim it at night before the 200 fly?

Tea Rex
Reply to  swim dawg
8 years ago

No idea. I’d guess he keeps swimming prelims/semis/finals until he qualifies in something. The backstroke s are just bonus events to swim for a time

8 years ago

If he’s entered 50free as well he’s just entered every event he’s qualified for, keep all his options and swims open. Think the knowledgable swim fan would be suprised if he swam more than 100/200fly and free, but if he did swim backstroke I’d assume himself and Eddie are realistic he wouldn’t qualify but would get an indication where he is at with it now not been his main focus.
No reason he couldn’t go 53 high 100back heat and scratch.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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