Coming into the finals in 7th position, Connor Jaeger cut 3 seconds off his qualifying time to win the bronze medal in the 400 free for the US at the world championships in Barcelona. The gold medal went as expected to China's rock star Sun Yang, but it was wide open for the other medals and Jaeger was a surprising second through much of the 2nd half of the race, barely touched out at the end by Japan's Kosuke Hagino.
He has two more events later this week (800 and 1500 free), both of which he won at the US championships along with the 400m. Becoming the US's go-to man for the distance events.
Congrats to junior men's swimmer Connor Jaeger and junior women's gymnast Joanna Sampson on being named 2012-13 Michigan Athletes of the Year.
"Joanna and Connor are most deserving of the Female and Male Athlete of the Year awards," said David Brandon, the Donald R. Shepherd Director of Athletics. "Both individuals stood out above the rest in what has been a stellar year for Michigan Athletics. Joanna and Connor take great pride in representing Michigan, and we are pleased that both student-athletes will be returning this Fall for their senior seasons. We look forward to watching them continue to lead the women's gymnastics and men's swimming and diving programs to be leaders and best."
Kudos to U-M swimmer Connor Jaeger for winning his 1500m freestyle heat in 14:59.97. He lost track of his lap count and didn't hear the bell, so kept going. (Unlike collegiate, counters aren't allowed in the water.)
Edit: 1) Gemmel (14:52.19), 2) Jaeger (14:52.51) going to London