Michigan Olympic Updates: Tuesday, July 31
Charlie Houchin

July 31, 2012

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Tyler Clary (2008-10) claimed fifth in the 200m butterfly final, two seconds off pace (1:55.06) of silver-medalist and former U-M volunteer assistant coach Michael Phelps (1:53.01), who touched the wall just .05 behind the winner from South Africa, Chad le Clos (1:52.96). Phelps then swam the anchor leg of the gold-medal 4x200m freestyle relay for his Olympic-record 19th career medal. Former Wolverines Charlie Houchin (2007-10) and Davis Tarwater (2003-06) each earned gold medals as part of the relay due to swimming in the qualifying heats.

The 4x200-meter freestyle relay heats featured the Olympic debut for Houchin and Tarwater and the pair helped the United States qualify for the evening's event final with the fastest time during the morning heats. Houchin led off with a 1:48.22 split to give the Americans a slim 0.01-second edge on the field. Swimming the third leg, Tarwater inherited a 0.80-second advantage and stretched it to 2.43 seconds and two body lengths with a 1:47.33 split. With a final time of 7:06.75, the Americans won their heat by 3.75 seconds over Australia and were nearly 2.5 seconds faster than the other heat winner, France (7:09.18).

Charlie Houchin (USA) Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Heats Gold Medal 1st (7:06.75^)
Davis Tarwater (USA) Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Heats Gold Medal 1st (7:06.75^)
Tyler Clary (USA) Men's 200m Butterfly Final 5th (1:55.06)
Michael Phelps (USA) Men's 200m Butterfly Final Silver Medal 2nd (1:53.01)
Michael Phelps (USA) Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final Gold Medal 1st (6:59.70)


Former Wolverine Sarah Trowbridge and teammate Margot Shumway kept their medal hopes alive by finishing second in the women's double sculls repechage and earning the final spot in the event's six-team A final, which is scheduled for Friday (Aug. 3). The Americans were in third place after 500, 1,000 and 1,500 meters but posted the fastest splits over the last two 500-meter segments to pass the Czech Republic (7:11.68) and finish with a time of 7:10.37, 0.72 behind China (7:09.65).

Sarah Trowbridge (USA) Women's Double Sculls Repechage 2nd (7:10.37^)