Clary Selected National and Big Ten Swimmer of the Week

Jan. 19, 2010

PARK RIDGE, Ill. -- After helping the No. 7-ranked University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team to its second consecutive title at the SMU Classic (Fri-Sat., Jan. 15-16), junior Tyler Clary (Riverside, Calif./Riverside Poly) was named both the Big Ten Swimmer of the Week and the Counsilman Hunsaker National Collegiate Swimmer of the Week by today (Tuesday , Jan. 19).

Clary, a two-time NCAA champion in 2009, touched first in the championship final of SMU Classic in the 400-yard individual medley (3:50.09), before recording runner-up finishes in the 200-yard backstroke (1:44.21) and 200-yard individual medley (1:48.60). In addition, the junior won the consolation final of the 100-yard backstroke (49.07). On the relay front, Clary led off the second-place 800-yard freestyle relay team (6:31.43) with a split of 1:39.37. All but one of his times (100-yard backstroke) were NCAA consideration marks.

The Maize and Blue picked up the team title for the second straight year with 307.5 points, defeating No. 6 Florida, No. 13 Southern California, No. 19 Purdue, Southern Methodist and Swim MAC, a team with professional swimmers. In the individual events of the SMU Invite, each school selected one swimmer to participate in the championship heat and one swimmer to compete in the consolation heat, and team points are awarded for finishes in each heat.

Clary's conference selection, his second this season and fifth overall, marks the third consecutive week that a Wolverine has won the award. Senior Chris Brady (Wilmington, Del./Mount Pleasant) won the award to start the month (Jan. 5), while sophomore Dan Madwed (Stamford, Conn./Towson) was last week's (Jan. 12) honoree. Overall, a U-M swimmer has been selected Big Ten Swimmer of the Week six times this season.

The Wolverines return to Big Ten action, Jan. 29-30, traveling to Columbus, Ohio. U-M will take on Ohio State, Northwestern and Penn State before closing out the home slate the following weekend (Feb. 6) against Michigan State.

Contact: Sarah VanMetre (734) 763-4423