Tyler Clary

Athlete, post-1970


A swimmer since he was 8 years old. After competing in the 2006 Youth Worlds, Tyler graduated from Riverside Poly H.S. in 2007, after being a dominant swimmer in Southern California for years. Matriculating to the University of Michigan, he became an 11-time All American, a three-time NCAA National Champion, setting a slew of Big Ten Conference records.

  • Biography

    Tyler Clary was a swimmer since he was 8 years old. After competing in the 2006 Youth Worlds, Tyler graduated from Riverside Poly H.S. in 2007, after being a dominant swimmer in Southern California for years. Matriculating to the University of Michigan, he became an 11-time All American, a three-time NCAA National Champion, setting a slew of Big Ten Conference records.

    Tyler won a Silver medal at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships and three Silver medals in the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships. Before his senior year, Clary turned professional and exploded onto the international scene. At the 2012 London Olympics, Tyler posted the top times in all of the heats and in the 200-meter backstroke. In the finals, he put on a ferocious last 50-meter kick (with a split of 28.48) to win a Gold medal, the first major international gold he won in his career. Tyler continued competing on the world stage, but fell just short of qualifying for the Rio Games by a half-second.

    Tyler retired from swimming in July 2016, turning the page on his swimming career. As a long-time motorsports enthusiast, his goals for the future are to develop his driving skills in motor sports in the U.S. F2000 series which will lead into competing full time in the Pro Mazda series. Tyler eventually hopes to earn his way into Indy Lights and Indy cars.

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