WATCH: Connor Jaeger Throws First Pitch at Detroit Tigers Game

2016 Olympic silver medalist and University of Michigan Graduate Connor Jaeger threw out the ceremonial first pitch in today’s Detroit Tigers game versus the Minnesota Twins.

The two time Olympian definitely deserved this honor after his amazing performance in Rio, coming home with a silver medal and an american record in the 1500 freestyle. He was the first American to swim a 1500 in under 14 minutes and 40 seconds, finishing with a time of 14:39.48. He also swam the 400 freestyle, where he earned a fifth place finish with a time of 3:44.16.

Although he is not a Michigan native, Jaeger spent his college swimming career at the University of Michigan. There he helped lead his team to their 2012-2013 season NCAA victory, winning NCAA titles in the 800 free relay, 500 freestyle, and 1650 freestyle. Previous to this, he had begun his international career at the 2012 London Olympics where he competed and finished sixth in the 1500 freestyle. He then went on to sweep the 400, 800, and 1500 freestyle national titles at the 2013 National Champions, and then won bronze in the 400 freestyle at the World Championships in Barcelona that same year.

Check out the video of his first pitch below!

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5 years ago

is there video of Penny Oleksyk’s first pitch in Toronto? rumor has it she gassed one down the middle.

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Reply to  HulkSwim
5 years ago

Yes. I believe I saw her courtesy of Brittany MacLean’s twitter.

5 years ago

Only thing I wish he threw was a 3:41 400

5 years ago

lucky he can swim ……no baseball carrer there.

Reply to  gle
5 years ago

A bit high for sure, but techically over the plate. The catcher didn’t have to go running for it at least. Not gonna land him on any of those “worst first pitches” lists by any means, which was my only worry.

5 years ago

Is he back in MI?? Thought he was moving to NY for a job?

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Rachel has been swimming ever since she can remember. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where she learned to love swimming with the Walnut Creek Aquabears. She took her passion for swimming to Willamette University in Salem, Oregon where she primarily competes in sprint freestyle events. In addition …

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