Texas Swimming: Jack Conger Claims NCAA, American and U.S. Open Records in 200-Yard Butterfly | Horns Illustrated

(via Texas Athletics)
(via Texas Athletics)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas All-America sophomore Jack Conger set NCAA, American and U.S. Open records in the 200-yard butterfly during a time trials session Wednesday morning at the Big 12 Championships.

Conger (Rockville, Maryland) finished the 200 butterfly in 1 minute, 39.31 seconds and eclipsed the NCAA record of 1:39.33 set by the University of Michigan’s Dylan Bosch last March at the 2014 NCAA Championships in Austin.  The swim also beat Bosch’s U.S. Open record as the fastest 200-yard butterfly swim recorded on U.S. soil, regardless of the swimmer’s nationality.

Conger’s swim topped the event’s American record of 1:39.65 set by Michael Phelps on March 7, 2010 in Annapolis, Maryland and tied by the University of California’s Tom Shields at the 2013 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis.

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Conger is the first Longhorn to set an American record while swimming collegiately since 2008 when Olympic gold medalist Dave Walters claimed the U.S. mark in the 200-yard freestyle at the Texas Invitational.

Conger rocketed off the starting blocks and split 22.09 seconds on the first 50 yards before clocking 47.32 at the 100-yard mark.  He touched in 1:12.66 at 150 yards before finishing with NCAA and American records at 1:39.31.

Conger and the Longhorns open night one of the Big 12 Championships Wednesday at 6 p.m. Central.  The men’s one-meter diving preliminary round opens at 4:30 p.m. before the finals commence at 6 p.m. with the women’s 200-yard medley relay.

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