Connor Jaeger had mixed emotions about the FINA world championships, finishing in fourth place with a time that approached his personal best.
“That’s not a bad swim for me,” he said. “It’s right on my best. Obviously, you come here, you want to medal, and I was right there. It was a good heat.”
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Jaeger missed out on a medal by less than three tenths of a second, getting out-touched by Canada’s Ryan Cochrane, but Jaeger had a lot of positive talk about the race and the rest of the meet in Russia.
“There’s a lot of meet left,” he said. “I’ll warm down and take care of my body and (come) back harder in my next races.”
Jaeger seemed conflicted about drafting off Great Britain’s James Guy, who was leading for much of the race in the lane next to Jaeger. But it was part of the key in helping him stay in the race, he said.
“It’s not something that I feel great about it, but it’s the strategy,” Jaeger said. “Everyone does it. I’m not proud of it, but you got to do it. You’ve got to take advantage of it.”