No 100 Free For Conger, 200 Fly For Dahlia At U.S. Nationals


Both Jack Conger and Kelsi Dahlia were faced with the same question this year as they were last heading into U.S. Nationals: 200 fly or 100 free?

With the two events falling back-to-back on day 1 of the meet, it wouldn’t make much sense to do both, though both are near the top of the country in them. Conger swam the 200 fly last year, winning the event, and Dahlia placed 4th in the 100 free and qualified for the 400 free relay in Budapest.

The two have made the same decisions this year, with Conger entered as the top seed in the men’s 200 fly and Dahlia heading into the women’s 100 free seeded 5th.

While it may seem silly to suggest that Conger might not of swam the 200 fly here, he could solidify a spot on the 400 free relay if he placed top-4 in the 100 freestyle, and then could still swim the 200 fly once he got to Pan Pacs. And then even if he missed qualifying for the meet in 100 free, he’s still close to a lock to qualify in the 100 fly (and a good shot in the 200 free).

He has also entered the 200 free, 100 fly and 50 free, while Dahlia will also swim the 50 fly, 100 fly and 50 free.

Tom Shields, who swam both races last year, has only entered the 200 fly this time around. He’ll also compete in the 50 fly, 100 fly and 200 freestyle. Katie McLaughlin, on the other hand, has entered both.

The individual 100 free does come before the 400 free relay at Pan Pacs, so, say if Conger wanted to throw his hat in the ring for a spot on the relay by swimming that, he could, but it runs into the 200 fly just like it does at Nationals. Rather than the 200 fly coming first like it does at Nats, it directly follows the 100 free on the 2nd day of the meet in Tokyo.

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its right after 200M Butterfly.


Conger is already a top 6 100 freestyler, swimming it here would be pointless. Honestly I bet Murphy is a top 6 100 freer if it’s his first race of the day. Crazy thought, but on the PAN PAC year cycle, starting 2022, let’s cancel the games, have all countries just taper for the nationals, then have a straight up “Relay Championship”. It would be a crazy good TV event, and the following year USA nationals would actually count as the qualifier for the world champs. ESPN would eat it up, and imagine dressel conger haas and the gang rested for relays only. World records galour. Chants of USA, USA, USA at every dive bar because people would watch it.… Read more »


Top 6 is nice but they only take too 4 this summer


I thought Dahlia was training 200 fly


Dahlia will likely not make the individual 100 free so she could place 4th and be on the 400 free relay and then be free to swim the 200 fly at pan pacs as she will likely qualify the 100 fly

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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