July 28, 2013
BARCELONA, Spain -- University of Michigan men's swimmer Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) won a bronze medal for Team USA in the 400-meter freestyle on Sunday (July 28) at the 2013 FINA World Championships, held at Palau Sant Jordi.
Jaeger was ranked seventh after the morning's preliminaries (3:47.83) but shaved three seconds off his time for the final (3:44.85), holding off Canada's Ryan Cochrane by less than two-tenths of a second for the third and final spot on the podium. Jaeger was actually in second for the majority of the second half of the race, but he was out-touched at the very end by Japan's Kosuke Hagino, the silver medalist (3:44.82). China's Sun Yang won the race in 3:41.59.
Sunday's appearance marked just the second international competition for Jaeger, who swam for Team USA at the 2012 Olympics in London last summer. The bronze medal is his first in an international competition. He earned his spot on Team USA after winning national championships in the 400-, 800- and 1,500-meter freestyles at the Phillips 66 National Championships back in June in Indianapolis.
Jaeger will also swim the 800-meter freestyle (preliminaries Tuesday, finals Wednesday) and 1,500-meter freestyle (preliminaries Saturday, finals next Sunday) in Barcelona.
Q U O T E S (Via USA Swimming)
Team USA/U-M Senior Connor Jaeger
On winning the bronze medal ... "It's the first international medal for me. I might have gotten third, but it felt like I won. Seeing that No. 3 next to my name, I was ecstatic."
On the difference between his preliminaries and finals swims ... "The atmosphere and adrenaline. There is a great crowd here tonight. To have an American in the final, I just wanted to do something good for Team USA."
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