Michael Wynalda (L) and Sean Ryan
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Juniors Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School) and Michael Wynalda (Wyoming, Mich./Grandville) of the University of Michigan men's swimming team were among the 39 swimmers selected to compete for the United States at the 2013 World University Games, USA Swimming announced on Tuesday (Sept. 4).
The Games will be held from July 6-17, 2013 in Kazan, Russia. Ryan will compete in the 1,500-meter freestyle, while Wynalda will swim the 200-meter freestyle and as part of the 4x100-meter relay.
Taking place every two years, the World University Games are an international multi-sport event organized for university athletes by the International Sports Federation (FISU). Swimmers on the 2013 World University Games Team roster were selected based upon their performance at the 2012 U.S. Open Championships. All athletes selected for the team must be at least 17 years old and less than 28 years old on Jan. 1, 2013.
Ryan earned his spot on the team after finishing third in the 1,500-meter freestyle (15:20.79) at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships on Aug. 7. In June, he finished seventh in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials. At Michigan, Ryan is a two-time NCAA All-American and three-time Big Ten champion.
Wynalda was the highest collegiate finisher in the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Open Swimming Championships, taking second (1:49.05). He also took 10th in the 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Trials. At Michigan, Wynalda is a two-time Big Ten champion (both last season as a sophomore), winning the conference title in 200-yard freestyle and the 800-yard freestyle relay.
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