June 25, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- University of Michigan men's swimmer Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) won the 1,500-meter freestyle on Tuesday (June 25) at the Phillips 66 National Championships, held at the IU Natatorium. With the win, Jaeger has qualified for FINA World Championships, to be held July 19-Aug. 4 in Barcelona, Spain, where he will represent the United States.
Jaeger, who won both the 500-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle in the same pool at the NCAA Championships three months ago, was in command from the start. His time of 14:53.34 is third best in the world this year, behind Sun Yang of China (14:48.10) and Jordan Harrison of Australia (14:51.02). In addition, Jaeger touched the wall less than a second off his personal-best time of 14:52.51, set at last year's U.S. Olympic Trials.
Joining Jaeger in the race was Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School) and former U-M swimmer Ryan Feeley (2010-13). Ryan took third (15:04.60), while Feeley was seventh (15:27.06). Ryan had previously qualified to Team USA after finishing second in the 10k at last month's USA Swimming Open Water National Championships.
With Jaeger joining Ryan on Team USA, Michigan currently has four swimmers set to compete at the World Championships, as Hassaan Abdel Khalik (Mississauga, Ontario/Silverthorn Collegiate) and Richard Funk (Edmonton, Alberta/Strathcona) had previously qualified for Canada.
Contact: Brad Rudner (734) 763-4423