July 2, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. -- University of Michigan men's swimmer Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) became the first current Wolverine to punch his ticket to the 2012 Olympic Games, placing runner-up in 14:52.51 in the mile at the U.S. Olympic Trials Monday (July 2) at the CenturyLink Center. With the selection, Jaeger becomes the 80th swimmer in program history with Michigan ties to make the squad.
The second-place finish came in a race that also featured two teammates in Ryan Feeley (Rye, N.Y./Rye), who placed sixth in the race with a time of 15:10.52, and Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School), who placed eighth with a time of 15:16.18. Jaeger won his heat in the event on Sunday (July 1) and qualified second for the race. Andrew Gemmell edged the Wolverine swimmer Monday with a time 14:52.19.
Jaeger, who took third at the 2012 NCAA Championships in the 1,650-yard freestyle, will be the first U-M 1,500-meter freestyle competitor at the Olympics since Chris Thompson in 2000. Thompson claimed a bronze medal for Team USA in Sydney. In total, U-M has had seven swimmers previously swim the 1,500 free at the Olympics, three of which were Americans (James Cristy, 1932, '36; Bill Farley, 1964; Thompson, 2000).
Jaeger's selection wraps up a slate of six swimmers with Michigan ties that will represent Team USA at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, as alums Charlie Houchin (2007-10) and Davis Tarwater (2003-06) were also added to the squad and will participate in the 800-meter freestyle relay in London. Additionally, former U-M coaches Jon Urbanchek and Bob Bowman were named to the Team USA coaching staff by USA Swimming following the conclusion of the trials.
U-M Results (Final Day)
1,500-meter Freestyle 2. Connor Jaeger 14.52.51 4. Peter Vanderkaay 15:08.93 7. Sean Ryan 15:10.54 8. Ryan Feeley 15:10.55 9. Matt Patton 15:15.64