June 29, 2012
OMAHA, Neb. -- Former Wolverine Tyler Clary (2008-10) became the 78th University of Michigan men's swimming Olympian after taking second in the in the 200-meter butterfly on Thursday (June 28) at the 2012 United States Olympic Trials at the CenturyLink Center.
Clary's time of 1:55.12 was second behind another swimmer with Michigan ties in Michael Phelps, who clocked a 1:53.65. Two other former Wolverines in Davis Tarwater (2003-06) and Dan Madwed (2009-12) also took part in the finals, with Tarwater placing fourth with a 1:56.83 and Madwed taking seventh with a 1:58.36.
"It was amazing," Clary said. "I can't even put into words how the end of that race felt, not only the pain in the last 20 meters but just the complete and total turnaround. I'm on cloud nine right now."
Clary won three NCAA titles at Michigan and set school records in the 200-yard backstroke, 200-yard individual medley and the 400-yard individual medley prior to foregoing his senior season. He will look to secure spots in two other events, the 200-meter individual medley and the 200-meter backstroke, with each final will being held on Saturday (June 30).
Clary joins former Wolverine Peter Vanderkaay, who won the 400-meter freestyle, and former teammate Charlie Houchin, who is conditional qualifier after placing sixth in the 200-meter freestyle, on Team USA.
U-M Results (Day 4)
200-meter Butterfly Final Results 1. Michael Phelps 1:53.65 2. Tyler Clary 1:55.12 4. Davis Tarwater 1:56.83 7. Dan Madwed 1:58.36 14. Matt Patton 1:59.60 19. Kyle Whitaker 2:00.38 26. Ryan Feeley 2:00.90 68. John Wojciechowski 2:03.11 100-meter Freestyle Results Through Semifinals 14. Bobby Savulich 49.47 18. Chris Brady 49.89 48. Michael Wynalda 50.72 74. Roman Willets 51.04 Q qualifies for finals