Open Turn: Jack Conger could be looking at another Record Breaking Weekend

by Garrett McCaffrey 75

February 07th, 2013 Club, College, News, Open Turn

Chris DeSantis joins Garrett McCaffrey on this week’s episode of Open Turn to geek out on what should be some fast high school swimming this weekend as well as championship season in college swimming. McCaffrey makes a bold guarantee about one of the high school swimming superstars who will be chasing records this weekend, while DeSantis starts false rumors that are sure to anger the Machine, Braden Keith. They also get side tracked on what the NCAA record board may look like if Michael Phelps would’ve swam in college. All that, plus some college championship season discussion.

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I think SwimSwam, along with USA Swimming, is trying to promote Missy Franklin to the Michael Phelps pedastal. There are so many other great swimmers….and I think Ledecky will beat her this weekend. I also thought Allison was just as good as Missy this summer. Head on, Allison easily beat Missy in the 200 free this summer. EASILY.


You are absolutely right! Had Missy Franklin broke an individual world record or won two individual events at the Olympics, we could say she had a better Games or is clearly a better swimmer. CLEARLY.


Couple of nerds geeking out. I swear if you weren’t separated by thousands of miles there definitely would have been a full-on bro hug to start off the segment. Sorry to hear about Braden, hope he lands on his feet..


didnt she get the 200 back WR?


I figured typing *dripping with sarcasm* wouldn’t be necessary?


Missy’s got such a horrible attitude, maybe she can somehow get back in America’s good graces by participating in a swimathon to help Braden. Hold it at Cherry Creek HS hosted by its congenial swim parents…

Are you serious?

Are you for real? Although I can’t say that I know any of these girls personally, Missy, Allison, and Natalie are some of the most level-headed female olympians I’ve ever seen, just based off of interviews and the like. I don’t think it’s fair of you to say that Missy has a “horrible attitude” when the other 17 year old female “role models” are the Kardashians and Disney stars.




Missy likes Justin Bieber.. that´s all the bad attitude someone can have… such a shame..

you obviously don’t even know who Missy is !!! very sad attitude dude .


Not sure why everyone is getting riled up over the sarcastic/humorous replies but not the original post by Korn regarding a SwimSwam conspiracy.


Super entertaining, Guys. Thanks!



Conger 44.9 and 4:13.5
Franklin 1:53.9 and 4:40.0
Ledecky 1:43.2 and 4:32.0

John Sampson

agreed with ledecky predictions…i think she is going to rock the blocks.


About a half year since Olympics, Ledecky and Franklin have probably gotten back in their groove by now


Missy is not a 200 IMer or 500 Freestyler. She is a better LCM swimmer. It’s hard to imagine her dropping from a 1:57 to a 1:53. I did some searching and found that her best 500 time is 4:42, but that was when she was 14. I guess we will see.

Chris DeSantis

Come on Art! Where’s the love?

I look at her being 4:42 at 14 and feel like it’s pretty clear she’s gotten a lot faster since that time and should crush it. As for the IM, short course yards is the perfect format to cover up a few flaws.


She was also 47.9 in the 100 at 14, so she hasn’t gotten much better. I might be wrong, which would be good because I’d like to see a 4:30something, but I wonder.

I agree that she can somewhat hide her breaststroke flaw in SCY, but she’s a better LCM freestyler and backstroker. So, she has a better breaststroke, but weaker free and back as I see it. As I said, we will see, but as good as she is, there’s a reason why she regularly gets beat in the IM by the top IMers. Also, there aren’t too many women that have been 1:53 or better.


Accept that she went 1:55.8 at winter nats…


I forgot about that, maybe I’ll end up being wrong.


Altitude aint goinna help her.

About Garrett McCaffrey

No one lives the sport of swimming like Garrett McCaffrey. A Division I swimmer who spent 4 years covering the sport as a journalist, now coaches club swimming and competes as a masters swimmer, Garrett truly lives the sport of swimming. After graduating from University of Missouri’s award winning journalism program …

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