Tyler Clary Going Pro, Forgoing Final Season at Michigan

FULLERTON, California, August 24. TYLER Clary will not return to the University of Michigan to swim competitively, forgoing his final season of eligibility to continue training under Jon Urbanchek at FAST according to the Los Angeles Times.

Clary had an illustrious career at Michigan, which included three national titles (2009: 200 back, 400 IM; 2010: 400 IM) as well as 11 All-American certificates while swimming for the Wolverines. He also earned the 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year award for his pair of wins as a sophomore.

This summer, Clary decided to follow Urbanchek to FAST as part of what proved to be a strong summer training group. Clary, however, decided one summer wasn't enough and elected to remain with Urbanchek instead of returning for a final season at the NCAA level.

"He's not afraid to take on the best," Urbanchek told the Los Angeles Times. "A lot of kids would not do it. That is a toughness in him. That's what I admire the most. He's not afraid to take on the best. Whatever happens from now on, between now and London, it depends on how much he wants to work. Another thing about Tyler is that he's probably going to be around for four more years. I think he'll be ready to continue on all the way to Rio. If Michael decides to retire after London, I think Tyler is going to be right there with Ryan. I think it's awesome."

Full article from the Los Angeles Times.