Jack Conger, 17, won gold in the men’s 100-meter backstroke at the 2012 Junior Pan Pacific championship meet in Honolulu on Thursday night. His time of 54.07 seconds was a new meet record and 17-18 year-old national age group record.
The NAG record broken was previously held by five-time gold medalist and current world record holder Aaron Peirsol who was on deck as a mentor for team USA.
The meet is Conger’s second international appearance representing the USA on the junior national team. Last year the rising Good Counsel senior and Rockville-Montgomery Swim Club star was a member of the team that traveled to Lima, Peru to compete at the 2011 FINA Junior World Championships where he placed fourth in the 100 backstroke.
Conger is slotted to swim the 50 freestyle, 200 backstroke, and in the lead off spot for the USA’s 400 medley relay later in the meet.