April 2, 2013
PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- Junior Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) of the national champion University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team was named Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday (April 2). The award is voted on by the conference's head coaches.
He is the 12th Michigan swimmer to receive the yearly honor in the last 20 years (and fifth in the last six years), joining Marcel Wouda (1993), Tom Dolan (1994-95), Derya Buyukuncu (1996), John Piersma (1997), Tom Malchow (1998), Chris Thompson (1999, 2001), Dan Ketchum (2002), Peter Vanderkaay (2004-06), Alex Vanderkaay (co-2008), Tyler Clary (2009-10) and Dan Madwed (2012).
Jaeger is coming off a calendar year that began last summer in London at the 2012 Summer Olympics, where he finished sixth in the 1,500-meter freestyle while representing the United States. He capped his junior year with conference and national championships in the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle, while helping Michigan achieve its 12th national championship in program history.
He is the first U-M swimmer to win two individual NCAA titles in the same meet since Clary won the 200-yard backstroke and 400-yard IM in 2009. Additionally, Jaeger is the first U-M swimmer to win the 500-yard freestyle and 1,650-yard freestyle at both the Big Ten and NCAA Championships in the same season since Marcel Wouda in 1993.
This year, Jaeger was a four-time NCAA All-American (seven for his career) and three-time Big Ten champion (six for his career). He was also an Academic All-Big Ten selection for the second consecutive year.
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