Video courtesy of USA Swimming.
Olympic hopeful Jack Conger is entering his junior year at the University of Texas as the American record holder in the 200 yard butterfly. He is among the favorites to make the Olympic team in the butterfly events after two second place finishes to Michael Phelps in the 100 and 200 butterfly at the US National Championships.
As reported on Day 2 of the 2015 US National Championships:
MEN’S 200M BUTTERFLY
- Gold – Michael Phelps 1:52.94
- Silver – Jack Conger 1:54.54
- Bronze – Clark Pace 1:57.83
Michael Phelps is back.
Read that again, Michael Phelps is back.
If there was ever a doubt in anyone’s mind that Phelps would return to the 200m butterfly and rock it, Phelps proved them wrong with an incredible 1:52.94 performance.
That’s the fastest time in the world this year. That’s faster than he was at the 2012 London Olympic Games. That’s the first national title Phelps has won since the 2012 Olympic Trials.
Phelps went off to his winning ways in the event early, taking the lead right from the get-go and never relinquishing it. At the touch, he finished well ahead of all his competitors with the closest being Jack Conger in 1:54.54.
Conger came back hard on Phelps towards the end in order to put up the seventh fastest time in the world this year. Both Conger and Phelps were well ahead of bronze medallist Clark Pace who ended up finishing over three second behind Conger, and almost five behind Phelps with a 1:57.83.
As reported on Day 3 of the 2015 US National Championships:
MEN’S 100 FLY
There was a lot of hype surrounding Michael Phelps‘ swim this evening after Chad Le Clos won the World Championship title in the same event today with a time of 50.56. After his race, Le Clos called out Phelps saying his time was faster than Phelps has been in the last four years, so he can keep his mouth shut now.
Michael Phelps responded with a world best 50.45, beating the time of the World Champion, Chad le Clos. Here is what Phelps had to say about Le Clos:
I saw the times, I saw the comments. There are a lot of things I could say, but I won’t. I let what I what I do in the pool do all of my talking, and that’s how I’ve always done things. From a standpoint of what anybody else says, that’s their own business. You can keep saying anything, I don’t mind it, but you won’t get a rise out of me.
Although Phelps stole the show, the rest of the final swam very well. NCAA stars Jack Conger and David Nolan finished second and third at 51.33 and 52.15, respectively.
Giles Smith was one spot out of a bronze medal with his time of 52.23, but he did edge out Matthew Josa, the fifth place finisher with a 52.28.
Connor Black, Tripp Cooper, and Baxston Timm finished sixth through eighth between 52.61 and 53.38.
Long Gutierrez won the B final with his time of 52.22 and Ryan Hoffer won the 18&u final with his time of 53.09.