2016 U.S. Olympic Trials
- Sunday, June 26 – Sunday, July 3, 2016
- CenturyLink Center, Omaha, Nebraska
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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.