For those of you who swam, follow swimming, care about swimming, care about all of Michigan's sports here is an interview with Tyler Clary. Since most of you probably don't know too much about him here is a brief synopsis: He is from Cali and was a VERY highly recruited swimmer. He had a great freshman season (2 years ago) and was in the running for NCAA freshman of the year and should have won Big 10 freshman of the year (he finished second behind a diver). This past year (his sophmore season) he won 2 NCAA individual titles, the 400 IM and the 200 backstroke (and got 2nd in the 200 IM, his first race of the meet). In the process he broke Michael Phelp's American Record in the 400 IM and posted the second fastest time in the 200 backstroke behind Ryan Lochte of the olympian fame. Now these records need to be put into context for many of you who are going "WTF he's faster than Phelps?!?!" In short, the answer is no, but he has the potential to medal in London. The times that he posted were short course (25 yard pool) which is not usually swum by elite swimmers (most elite competitions take place in long course pools which are 50 meters ie. Olympics). Most swimmers in short course meets are not shaved or tapered so the times that he swam were in a different situation than those of Phelps and Lochte. I added that last part as a clarification, not to diminish his achievements. Simply put, he is the best swimmer on the Michigan team. Now that I have given a little background here's an interview with him:
"He's a hard worker, and he watched me and Tim (Hardaway Jr.) and Nik (Stauksas) put work in to become (first-round picks), and I'm just happy he's getting better," Burke said. "It's great for the program, too. It shows what type of program the University of Michigan is and the direction it continues to go in."