Austin, TX – University of Texas superstar sophomore, Jack Conger, talked with his school’s Longhorn Network recently in a state-of-the-union-type conversation on a variety of subjects. The five-time all-American discusses the Texas men’s team’s recent wins over Auburn and Georgia, reveals his revised training plan from last year, as well as describes what it was like when he met Aaron Peirsol in 2010.
The uber-challenging dual with Georgia last week resulted in a Texas win by just 12 points, and was immediately contested after an earlier battle against the Auburn Tigers, a meet which the Texas men also won. In terms of what the two wins signify about the team, Conger indicates “they are a stepping stone for the entire season.” He elaborates that the team was in the midst of hard training, the team knew they would be “broken down and tired”, but were determined to step it up, as they knew Auburn would be a tenacious adversary.
Conger, who won the 100 backstroke against Auburn, as well as swept both the 100 and 200 backstroke events against a tough Georgia field, was asked how this stroke discipline has improved for him this year. Conger indicated he has been “following Eddie’s [Reese] and Kris’ [Kubik] plan”, which includes “narrowing down training to doing more mid-distance”. Conger confirms the 500y freestyle is not in his repertoire this year; an arduous event schedule, as was typical his freshman year, has been scaled back this season to focus on his 100 and 200 backstroke races. He also says he is “trying new things in the weight room that have been translating to the water.”
Within the interview, Conger also describes what it was like to meet one of Texas’ and America’s greatest backstrokers, Aaron Peirsol, in 2010. The advice given to Conger by Peirsol is something Conger still remembers today, as he was told “It takes 1 or 2 great races to make your career. You really can’t get mad over one Summer or one bad 200 back.”