April 1, 2014
ROSEMONT, Ill. -- For the second year in a row, senior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) of the University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team was tabbed Big Ten Men's Swimmer of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday (April 1). The award is voted on by the conference's head coaches.
Jaeger becomes the fifth U-M swimmer in the last 21 years to receive the honor more than once, joining Tom Dolan (1994-95), Chris Thompson (1999, 2001), Peter Vanderkaay (2004-06) and Tyler Clary (2009-10). Other winners over that stretch include Marcel Wouda (1993), Derya Buyukuncu (1996), John Piersma (1997), Tom Malchow (1998), Dan Ketchum (2002), Alex Vanderkaay (2008) and Dan Madwed (2012). A Michigan swimmer has won the award in six of the last seven years.
After representing the United States at the 2012 Olympics in London, Jaeger closed out his college career for Michigan last Saturday (March 29) at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas, repeating as national champion in the 1,650-yard freestyle in his final collegiate race while helping the Wolverines to a fourth-place team finish. One of three senior captains this season, Jaeger was instrumental in leading Michigan to its fourth consecutive Big Ten championship, won March 1 in his home pool of Canham Natatorium.
Jaeger departs Michigan as a three-time NCAA individual champion, 10-time NCAA All-American and nine-time Big Ten champion. He was a four-time All-Big Ten selection, receiving first-team honors in all four years. For his efforts in leading Michigan to the 2013 national championship, Jaeger was named 2012-13 University of Michigan Male Athlete of the Year, 2013 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year and 2012-13 Michigan Male College Athlete of the Year (by the Detroit Athletic Club).
Outside of the pool, Jaeger is a three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and was named to the CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America Division I Men's At Large second team last season. He will graduate this fall with a degree in mechanical engineering and plans on continuing his training in Ann Arbor as part of the Club Wolverine post-graduate group in preparation for the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
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