Tyler Clary has been announced as the replacement for Michael Phelps as the other American entry, alongside Ryan Lochte, in the 200 IM for the United States at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.
Clary confirmed today that he has been officially informed of the move by USA Swimming.
Clary was technically only the 4th-fastest American in the 200 IM in 2014 between Nationals and Pan Pacs with a 1:57.94. That swim, however, put him 3rd in finals behind only Phelps and Lochte, while Conor Dwyer’s 1:57.41 was done in prelims (he was slower in finals at 1:58.03). USA Swimming did not consider prelims times for World Championship selections.
Clary swam the event at the 2014 Pan Pac Championships in August, and placed 5th in the A-Final in 1:58.79.
Phelps was ranked as the third-fastest 200 IM’er in the world in 2014, despite not putting as much focus on that event in his return as he did on the 100 fly. He was ranked only behind Japan’s Kosuke Hagino and fellow American Ryan Lochte.
Dwyer ranked 5th in that same event, and Clary was tied for 10th. Clary’s lifetime best in the 200 IM is a 1:57.25 from Nationals in 2009, though the 1:57.94 is the fastest he’s been since 2009.
Clary also earned the right to race in the 200 backstroke, 200 fly and 400 IM in Kazan, giving him a very full schedule. Between this announcement and that of Tim Phillips joining the team to swim the 100 fly, both of Michael Phelps’ qualified individual events have been filled.