Texas’ Jack Conger On Path to Conquer The World, Butterfly as Potent as Backstroke

Jack Conger has some impressive folk to look up to: (l-r) Tyler Clary, Aaron Piersol and Ryan Lochte, Olympic champions 2012, 2004 and 2008 [images: USA Swimming for Conger; and Patrick B. Kraemer]

Jack Conger is rolling through his sophomore year at the University of Texas and sits on top of the world rankings in the 100 butterfly, and event that might have become his top chance at an Olympic bid.

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Jack Conger is rolling through his sophomore year at the University of Texas and sits on top of the world rankings in the 100 butterfly, and event that might have become his top chance at an Olympic bid.

Comments

for33

Not to minimize the great time in the 200 yards in butterfly, but watching the video of that race I can’t escape the impression that he spent half the race under water. The situation is very different in long course. It would have been great if he swam the 200 m butterfly in Austin, so that we could have compared him with the winner Seliskar. Nevertheless, very welcome progress compared with last year!

John Lohn

For33, I think the 200 fly is probably a short-course event for him, with the long-course focus on the backstrokes and 100 fly.

beachmouse

Remind me why the Americans decided to select their 2015 WC team in 2014 after it worked out so well for Missy Franklin when they selected their 2011 WC team in 2010?

pol

He should just focus on the 200 fly. I don’t see winning any medal in other events. With no Phelps in the 200 fly, that’s the only chance for him.

aswimfan

USA started to select its team for the world championships the year before Olympics in 2006, when The 2007 Melbourne Worlds held in March 2007. There was no was USA would have had trials in February, so they had decided the team in 2006.

It continues until now.

aswimfan

There was no way…

Or in March, since the NCAA

Melbourne worlds was in March to coincide with the end of summer/beginning of autumn

beachmouse

But the WC have been scheduled in Northern Hemisphere late summer since then, just like the Olympics, so schedule isn’t a good reason, IMO.

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