The Wolverine

August 2013

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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Jaeger than his own glory. "He is special in so many ways," Bottom said. "He's a great leader. He has a gift, and that gift would only take him so far if he wasn't such a terrific person. Most people don't push themselves to the edge of their talent, but Connor works harder than anybody. "He doesn't do things for the next level. He does things for the team. He lives for the team. Every time he finished this or won a title or anything, he was up out of the pool, crediting the team. He is 100 percent team-oriented. He's the kind of person who will get out in front and then double back to help his teammates." Jaeger hasn't let his recent success change the way he approaches the sport. Shortly after the Wolverines returned from the NCAA Championships, Jaeger was back in the pool nearly every day, working toward next season. Before he gets there, though, Jaeger will once again compete on a global level. He and fellow junior distance swimmer Sean Ryan will compete for Team USA at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, July 20-27. Sophomore breaststroke specialist Richard Funk and redshirt junior freestyler Hassaan Abdel Khalik will compete at the event for Team Canada. "We have a good Michigan contingent going to Barcelona," Jaeger said "It's going to be a lot of fun, and it's great that I'm going to be able to share that experience with so many of my friends. That's the first step, and then we will get back and get the new freshmen on board and start thinking about next season's goals." ❑

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