Conger knocked off marks in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, and that begged the question – When was the last time a freshman set two records at Metros?
A little digging yielded no answer…
Josh Hafkin won two events as a freshman, but fell short of records in both with times of 50.42 in the 100 back (the record was 50.24) and 51.00 in the 100 fly (the record was 49.53). Hafkin would eventually set records in the 50 free and 100 back as a junior, and then break both of those records again as a senior.
(It was Hafkin’s 50 freestyle record that Conger knocked off on the weekend.)
Most recently, Eric Friedland broke two records as a senior in 2008 in the 200 individual medley (1:47.59) and the 100 breaststroke (54.90). Both of those times were blazing fast, knocking off the previous records by at least a second and a half – or nearly four seconds in the case of the 200 IM.
But again, he was a senior, not a freshman – though the two records set by Friedland were the first time since Hafkin that a swimmer had set two records in a meet.
Cara Chuang set one record as a freshman, as did Colleen Law. Liz Kemp won two events as a freshman in 2003 – the 100 backstroke and 100 fly – but did not break either mark. Kate Ziegler in the same year, 2003, finished third in the 200 freestyle and set a record in the 500 freestyle, but even she fell short of what Conger accomplished on Saturday.
VIDEO: Jack Conger wins the 100 freestyle in record-setting fashion (Courtesy CSNWashington.com)
Kassy Kugler won two events in 2002 but didn’t break either record.
The closest to be found went all the way back to 1997, when as a sophomore Molly Freedman set records in the 200 IM (2:03.85) and in the 100 butterfly in 55.18.
Coincidentally, both of those records were re-written on Saturday by Sarah Haase and Danielle Schulkin, respectively.
Beyond 1997 is a question mark, but if anyone can figure out if we’re missing someone, or the last time a freshman set two records at Metros, let us know.