PHOENIX, Arizona, October 24. LATE last night Swimming World reported that Jack Conger made his verbal commitment to attend the University of Texas next fall, giving the Longhorns one of the top recruits in the country. Conger has a versatile slate of options for head coach Eddie Reese to choose from, but Conger will be relied on mostly in the 200 backstroke, where he's poised to do battle with longtime rivals Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley. Conger is also an accomplished freestyler, with a sub-20 second 50 free to his credit and a 4:17 500 last high school season.
The fall college recruiting season is wrapping up, and you can browse our high school channel at swimmingworld.com to find out where all the top recruits will be going next year.
The College Swimming Coaches Association of America released their first coaches poll ranking the top teams in the country in the early goings of the season. The University of Florida men's team is number one right now, thanks to strong dual meet and invitational performances. Sebastien Rousseau, who sat out last collegiate season to prepare for the Olympics, has put up the fastest times in the country so far in the 200 fly and 400 IM and is second in the 500 free. Florida also has sophomore Eduardo Solaeche-Gomez leading the nation in the 200 IM and junior Marcin Cieslak ranking in the top three nationally in the 200 IM, 100 fly and 200 fly. Michigan, Stanford, USC and Texas round out the top five. You can see the full list, and the process used to determine the rankings, in our college channel at swimmingworld.com.
The European swimming federation is the first out of the gate to announce their top aquatic sport athletes, announcing today that Yannick Agnel and Ranomi Kromowidjojo as the top European swimmers of the year. Germany's Thomas Lurz and Hungary's Eva Risztov were named as the open water swimmers of the year. You can find out who were picked as the top water polo players, divers and synchronized swimmers by going to our world channel at swimmingworld.com.