Jack Conger Swims Another 51-Second 100 Fly at Austin Sectionals

2018 AUSTIN SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

U.S. National Teamer Jack Conger swam a 51.34 in the 100 fly on Saturday at the Austin Sectional Championships, beating out teammates John Shebat (52.59) and Sam Pomajevich (53.40) for the event win. That wraps up Conger’s meet, after he won the 100 free earlier in the meet in 48.76.

Conger is the fastest American in this event in 2018, thanks to a 51.00 he swam at the Atlanta Pro Swim Series stop. His 51.34 on Saturday is also better than any other American has been this year (Michael Andrew ranks #2 in 51.86). It’s also almost as fast already as Conger was at U.S. Nationals last year (51.33).

Shebat’s runner-up time was within .03 of his lifetime best, while Pomajevich’s 3rd-place time was just .07 from his lifetime best.

Other Day 3 Winners:

  • 17-year old Aggie Swim Club’er Julia Cook, who will swim for Texas next season, won the women’s 100 back by almost 2 seconds in 1:01.34. University of Houston rising-junior Laura Laderoute finished 2nd in 1:03.20, which is a new best time for her. She’s been the 6 fastest times of her career in the event in 2018.
  • Joshua Artmann won the men’s 100 back in 55.86, which is his new personal best time (by .02 seconds).
  • Texas A&M undergrad Joy Field won the women’s 400 free in 4:18.12, topping a two-swimmer duel with Texas’ Logan Shiller, who was 2nd in 4:18.92.
  • Notre Dame’s Zachary Yeadon, a San Antonio native, won the men’s 400 free going-away in 3:53.41.
  • Texas A&M post-grad and French National Team swimmer Beryl Gastaldello won the women’s 100 fly in 59.47 as she prepares for the European Championships. Lauren Case finished 2nd in 59.95.

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Jeff
4 years ago

Since the swim is outside, optimal times will likely be rare. Listing goal times, seems a little silly–I am sure the athletes are focused on place of finish

ArtVanDeLegh10
Reply to  Braden Keith
4 years ago

And remember all the World Records set at 2009 Worlds which was outside? Obviously everyone was wearing the rubber suits, but plenty of fast times have taken place outside.

I believe 2004 Athens Olympics was outside too. Didn’t seem to slow any of those swimmers down either.

You’re right that the top swimmers will mainly be focusing on making the team, but that’s only a very small % of the swimmers at the meet. Plus, I’m guessing that most swimmers have goal times.

Swimmer
4 years ago

Big deal. Schooling can do a boring monotonous 49 in practice. 😀😀

Kobe
4 years ago

50.75 tops, but I hope he proves me wrong!

Wethorn
4 years ago

I’m curious how the summer training and meet schedule compares today vs 30 years ago. There wasn’t anything like the pro series and meets all summer. I recall training all summer and doing one meet – nationals.

So today do most swimmers rest periodically through summer to race? Or are they just posting good times when dog tired?

I’d love to hear what the typical approach to training and tapering is today, the high level thinking behind the week to week results. SwimSwam does an awesome job of the weekly reporting, but I need help with the bigger picture and context. Would love someone to write an article on this.

Reply to  Wethorn
4 years ago

A couple of years ago, we talked to an NCAA assistant (who is also an exercise science guru) about the idea of rest within regular-season training cycles. You might find it relevant to your question: https://swimswam.com/rested-fast-swimming-doesnt-always-imply-full-taper/

Horninco
Reply to  Wethorn
4 years ago

Hey buddy, let’s bring this convo back to IT for panpacs amirite? Can the board handle another long swim thread?

Andy
4 years ago

in other news Dwyer just went a 1.47.2 200free at LA invite. The plot thickens…

Just sayin
Reply to  Andy
4 years ago

I heard he had a good bit of training at the OTC

Horninco
Reply to  Andy
4 years ago

Good swim

tomato
4 years ago

I’m predicting he gets close to that 50.00 barrier. I don’t think he’ll break it, but I think he’ll be within a few tenths.

monsterbasher
Reply to  tomato
4 years ago

On the contrary, I think he’ll be 50.7 at nationals. Conger has always had a history of swimming fast in-season at long-course meets. Not that I don’t want him to go 50 low, but remember the only human being that can currently do that is Dressel.

Maelstrom
Reply to  monsterbasher
4 years ago

50.7 in season? I didn’t know conger is schooling.

Lpman
Reply to  tomato
4 years ago

Nahhh, 50.5, tops

Horninco
Reply to  tomato
4 years ago

50.85

Pvdh
Reply to  Horninco
4 years ago

50.38

Hswimmer
Reply to  tomato
4 years ago

50.26

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  tomato
4 years ago

50.41

Tea rex
Reply to  tomato
4 years ago

A nice “round” number: 50.314159269

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  Tea rex
4 years ago

awesome!

Philip Johnson
4 years ago

So this Jack Conger guy is pretty good.

Snarky
Reply to  Philip Johnson
4 years ago

He’s been blessed by Dean Farris.

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