Texas junior Jack Conger has declared a false-start in prelims of the men’s 100 backstroke, leaving an empty lane in one of the race’s early heats.
Conger was seeded 32nd in the 100 backstroke heading into Friday morning – far lower than in his other two individual events, the 100 fly and 200 fly. He swam the 100 backstroke at last year’s NCAA Championship meet to a 7th-place finish, but this year only swam it at the Longhorns’ mid-season invite in December and the Big 12 Championships.
Unlike his teammate Joseph Schooling, who only entered two events at the meet, Conger is still not eligible to swim all 5 relays because he didn’t scratch the race before the scratch deadline. A DFS (or Declared False Start) still counts as a race swum for the purpose of event limits.
Conger swam to a 5th-place-qualifying 45.55 in the 100 fly earlier in the session.
Also sitting out the 100 back among high seeds were Michigan’s Aaron Whitaker (seeded 19th in 45.97), Indiana’s Bob Glover (seeded 21st in 46.04), and Auburn’s Kyle Darmody (seeded 22nd in 46.09).