Connor Jaeger Wins 1500m Heat, Keeps Swimming - 2nd in Final

Submitted by I Bleed Maize N Blue on July 1st, 2012 at 11:46 PM

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.)

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Edit:  1) Gemmel (14:52.19), 2) Jaeger (14:52.51) going to London


I Bleed Maize N Blue

July 2nd, 2012 at 12:10 AM ^

Sean Ryan and Ryan Feeley finished 2 & 3 (15:10.54 & 15:10.55) in their heat to qualify for the final, Monday night (coverage starts 8PM EDT on NBC).

With Peter Vanderkaay, that makes 4 Wolverines in the final 8.

2) Connor Jaeger, 4) Peter Vanderkaay (15:08.93), 7) Sean Ryan, 8) Ryan Feeley.

Jaeger and Andrew Gemmell (14:57.29) were the only swimmers under 15 min.  Top two will compete in London in this event.

I Bleed Maize N Blue

July 2nd, 2012 at 2:03 AM ^

Well, he wasn't swimming slowly, like for a victory lap.

In all seriousness, he better keep count and listen for the last lap bell in the final, because he did lose a little time doing a turn and touching with his feet.  Hopefully he'll have enough of a lead where it won't matter, but you wouldn't want to end up third by fractions of a second.


July 2nd, 2012 at 1:59 PM ^

He was just showing off for the cameras!

In a race that long, that much time isn't a HUGE deal, but in the Olympics it certainly will be!    He hopefully will have a deck coach giving him signs if this continues to be a problem.  As a former distance swimmer as well, I know that if the mind can trick you into thinking the 1500 is shorter than it really is, then you're doing something right! 


July 2nd, 2012 at 7:09 AM ^

I was impressed that even with that he set a personal best and was WAY ahead of the field.  Looked like he had quite a final kick in him as well.  And yeah, the number of block M's in the water for the 1500M Free was really cool.