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Posted on Wed, Jun 12, 2013 : 3:32 p.m.

Swimmer Connor Jaeger, gymnast Joanna Sampson named Michigan Athletes of the Year

By Kyle Austin

Both took individual national titles home to Ann Arbor, and now both have been named the best among Wolverines athletes.


Connor Jaeger

U-M athletics

Swimmer Connor Jaeger and gymnast Joanna Sampson have been named Michigan’s Athletes of the Year, the athletic department announced Wednesday.

"Joanna and Connor are most deserving of the Female and Male Athlete of the Year awards," Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said in a statement. "Both individuals stood out above the rest in what has been a stellar year for Michigan athletics."


Joanna Sampson

Jaeger won a pair of individual NCAA championships, in the 500 and 1,650-yard freestyles, and earned All-American honors in four events. His performance helped the Wolverines capture their 12th NCAA swimming title. Last summer, Jaeger participated in the summer Olympics in London.

Sampson became the fourth women’s gymnast in Michigan history to win an individual NCAA title, taking the floor exercise title. She also finished tied for third in the all-around and earned All-American honors while helping the Wolverines finish seventh in the nation.

The Michigan Athlete of the Year award has been given out yearly since 1982. Jaeger is the sixth swimmer to win the award, and Sampson is the fifth women’s gymnast.

Both are now eligible for Big Ten Athlete of the Year honors.