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SANTA CLARA, California, June 22. HE had to wait several hours to find out that he won, but Club Wolverine’s Connor Jaeger’s time from this afternoon snatched the men’s 1500-meter freestyle title at the Arena Grand Prix in Santa Clara.
Jaeger had to catch a plane, so he elected to swim in an earlier heat and he made the most of it as he clocked a 15:00.97 for the win. That time vaulted him to sixth in the world rankings, ahead of Sun Yang’s 15:01.33 from Chinese Nationals. That’s a strong place to be considering Sun is the reigning world-record holder.
Swimming in the last heat with finals, The Woodlands’ Mcihael McBroom took second overall in 15:04.41 to take 13th in the world rankings. Club Wolverine’s Sean Ryan finished third tonight in 15:07.82 and now holds 19th in the rankings.
Badgers’ Ryan Feeley (15:21.61), Eric Hedlin (15:23.95), Club Wolverine’s Michael Klueh (15:26.97), Dynamo’s Matias Koski (15:33.56), Dynamo’s Kevin Litherland (15:33.90) and Nitro’s Sean Grieshop (15:39.11) all broke 15:40 to finish in the top nine of the timed final event.