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Jaeger in fine fettle in Santa Clara

May 31, 2013

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U.S. Olympian Connor Jaeger (Fair Haven, N.J.) posted a convincing victory in the men’s 800m freestyle on Thursday to highlight the opening session of the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara. The four-day meet continues through Sunday at the George F. Haines International Swim Center.

Jaeger recorded a winning time of 7:50.14, a meet record, to finish more than nine seconds clear of the men’sConnor Jaeger (medium) 800m free field. Australia’s Mack Horton was second in 7:59.64, and Canada’s Ryan Cochrane took third in 7:59.71.

“It makes me feel good that I swam faster than I did at Charlotte,” said Jaeger, who posted a time of 7:53.35 three weeks ago. “Last year around this time I swam slower than I did in Charlotte and still swam fine at the end of the year. You don’t really know how much this actually means for how you’re going to perform at the end of the year, but we’re continuing to swim faster so I guess that’s a good sign.”

In the only other timed final contested Thursday, Canada’s Tabitha Baumann won the women’s 1,500m free in 16:37.03. Second place went to Mexico’s Susana Escobar Torres in 16:40.53, and Brazil’s Carolina Bilich Queiroz was third in 17:00.42.

For highlights and meet results, please visit the Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara landing page.

Competition continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m., followed by 5 p.m. finals. Tickets are required for all sessions and are on sale now via the Santa Clara Swim Club website.

The Friday and Saturday finals will air live on the Universal Sports Network from 8-9:30 p.m. ET, and a live webcast of the entire meet will be streamed online via usaswimming.org.

The Arena Grand Prix at Santa Clara is the final stop of the six-event 2012-13 Arena Grand Prix Series. As part of USA Swimming’s new, eight-year partnership with Arena, the Arena Grand Prix Series offers swimmers the opportunity to take home prize money for top finishes in all individual Olympic-distance events for each meet in the Series. An overall leaderboard for the Series can be found online here.

The Arena Grand Prix Series serves as an opportunity for swimmers to race against some of the best competition in the country as they continue their preparation for the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championships Trials in Indianapolis, Ind., the World University Games in Kazan, Russia, and the FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain.

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