Connor Jaeger is having the best year of his career. The distance swimmer from the University of Michigan, qualified for the London Olympic team in 2012, and has qualified to swim 4 events in Barcelona at the 2013 World Championship Team for Team USA. Jaeger is coming off a great NCAA season. This year he won the 50o yard freestyle and the 1650 yard freestyle at the NCAA Championships. He was named an NCAA All-American in the 200 yard freestyle, 500 yard freestyle, 1,650 yard freestyle, and 800 yard freestyle relay. He was also named the 2012-13 University of Michigan Male Athlete of the Year as well as the 2013 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year.
At the 2013 World Championship Trials, Jaeger won the 400 meter freestyle, the 800 meter freestyle, and the 1500 meter freestyle as well as finishing 6th in the 200 meter freestyle to become the 2nd alternate on the 4×200 relay. With three individual swims already, Jaeger decided to scratch the 200 freestyle, bumping his teammate and training partner, Michael Klueh, into the second alternate position. Jaeger’s scratch makes room on the World Championship Roster for Michael Klueh to represent Team USA in Barcelona.
Klueh has come up short of making Team USA several times in the past year. At the 2012 Olympic Trials in Omaha, he was the only swimmer in the final heat of the 200 free to not make the team. In several other events, he missed being one of the top two finishers by one position. He had several other close calls at the meet this week, but was never successful in making the team.
Michael Klueh swam for the University of Texas in college and now trains with Club Wolverine at the University of Michigan.