Olympic swimmer: Michigan has ‘best training, coaching’

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The Olympic trials for swimming start next week, but former University of Michigan standout Sean Ryan won’t be stressing about them — he already clinched his spot on Team USA.

In fact, he will have been an Olympian for more than year before he actually competes in the Rio games. He qualified in July 2015 when he finished fourth in the open water 10K at the FINA World Championships.

“A year is a really long time to go without having an intermediate goal along the way,” Ryan said.

You would think an open water swimmer would train in a year-round warm weather climate, but Ryan couldn’t pull himself away from Michigan.

“Because we have the best swimming training facilities and coaching staff, in my opinion, in the country,” he explained. “I don’t think there is anywhere else I would rather be.”

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