August 28, 2013
BARCELONA, Spain — Former University of Michigan men’s swimmers Tyler Clary (2008-10) and Charlie Houchin (2007-10) each won medals for Team USA on Friday (Aug. 2) at the FINA World Championships, held at Palau Sant Jordi. Houchin won a gold medal as part of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay team (7:01.72), while Clary won the bronze medal in the 200-meter backstroke (1:54.64).
Clary, who trains with Club Wolverine in Ann Arbor, was the top seed coming into the race, but finished behind American Ryan Lochte (1:53.79) and Radoslaw Kawecki of Poland (1:54.24). He won gold in the same race at the 2012 London Olympics last summer and also won a bronze medal at the 2011 FINA World Championships. Clary was a three-time NCAA champion for Michigan, winning back-to-back championships in the 400-yard IM (2009-10) and an additional title in the 200-yard backstroke (2009).
Houchin swam the third leg on the gold medal-winning relay, behind Conor Dwyer and Lochte and ahead of Ricky Berens. The U.S. was in third after the first 200 meters, but a 1:44.98 split by Lochte put the Americans in first at the halfway point. Houchin kept pace during the third leg with a 1:45.59 split before Berens closed out the race, winning by two body-lengths. For Houchin, it is his second gold medal on the 4×200-meter relay in as many years, taking gold on the same team at the 2012 Olympics.
Clary returns to the pool on Sunday (Aug. 4) for the 400-meter individual medley. Current U-M swimmer Connor Jaeger(Fair Haven, N.J./Rumson-Fair Haven) will swim the preliminaries of the 1,500-meter freestyle Saturday morning (Aug. 3) and would swim the finals on Sunday should he qualify in the top eight.