Wednesday Olympic Preview: Tyler Clary looks forward to 200 back, Betsey Armstrong back in pool
A preview of Wednesday's Olympic schedule, with an emphasis on athletes with Ann Arbor-area ties:
Now that Tyler Clary has Olympic final experience under his belt, the former University of Michigan swimmer is shooting for a medal.
The 23-year-old finished fifth in the 200-meter butterfly on Tuesday.
Wednesday's Olympic schedule includes preliminary heats and semifinals for the 200 backstroke. Clary set an NCAA record in that event in 2009 and won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Championships.
"I'll take fifth place in my first Olympic final any day. My only goal for that event, and I consider that an off event, was to make finals," Clary told USA Swimming after the butterfly.
"So I'm satisfied for now. I'm really looking forward to (200 backstroke). It's something I've been looking forward to for weeks."Clary, who left Michigan a year early in 2010 to train with former Wolverines coach Jon Urbanchek in California, has the third-best qualifying time in the event.
His time of 1:54.69 at the U.S. Olympic trials was a distant second to Ryan Lochte's 1:52.96. Ryosuke Irie of Japan has a qualifying time of 1:54.03. Lochte won gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing in a then-world record time of 1:53.94.
Clary swims in the third preliminary heat at 5:29 a.m. on Wednesday. The semifinals are scheduled for 2:51 p.m., with the top eight times advancing to Thursday's final.
Former Michigan swimmer Derya Buyukuncu, representing Turkey, will also compete in the 200 backstroke.
Water polo takes on Spain
Ann Arbor native Betsey Armstrong and the U.S. women's water polo team plays its second group play match of the Olympics at 1:20 p.m. Wednesday. The game will air live on NBC.
The Americans survived a pesky Hungarian team, 14-13, on Monday. Spain also won its opening game against China 11-6 to share the top spot in Group A with the gold medal-favorite U.S. team.
The eight-team field is broken down into two groups of four. The results from the preliminary stage determine the teams' seeding for the quarterfinals.
One more race for Schmitt
Allison Schmitt's medal haul probably isn't over.
The Canton High School graduate broke her own American record while winning a gold medal in the 200 freestyle on Tuesday, her third medal of the 2012 Summer Games.
After that race, Schmitt told reporters she's excited to get back to Michigan. She took a redshirt season from the University of Georgia to spend the past year training with former Michigan swimming coach Bob Bowman (and his prize pupil, Michael Phelps) in Baltimore.
Before she can head home, Schmitt will swim her final race -- and likely win another medal -- on Wednesday. She is part of the U.S.'s heavily-favored 800-meter freestyle relay team.
Schmitt won a bronze as part of the 400 freestyle relay team and won silver in the 400-meter freestyle.
More local athletes
Former Michigan women's basketball player Krista Phillips and her Canadian teammates take on France in a preliminary group game at 4 am. Tom Peszek, a former member of the Michigan rowing club, competes in the men's pair semifinals at 6 a.m.
All times EDT and subject to change
Men's and Women's Individual eliminations, 4 a.m.
Men's and Women's Individual eliminations, 10 a.m.
Men's and Women's Singles round of 16; Mixed Doubles quarterfinals, 4 a.m.
Men's and Women's Singles round of 16; Mixed Doubles quarterfinals, 7:30 a.m.
Men's and Women's Singles round of 16; Mixed Doubles quarterfinals, Noon
Canada vs. France, 4 a.m.
China vs. Angola, 6:15 a.m.
Australia vs. Brazil, 9:30 a.m.
Britain vs. Russia, 11:45 a.m.
Croatia vs. Czech Republic, 3 p.m.
United States vs. Turkey, 5:15 p.m.
Men's and women's Prelims (4 matches), 4 a.m.
Men's and women's Prelims (4 matches), 9:30 a.m.
Men's and women's Prelims (4 matches), 3 p.m.
Men's Bantamweight (56kg); Men's Heavyweight (91kg) and Men's Super Heavyweight (+91kg) round of 16, 8:30 a.m.
Men's Bantamweight (56kg); Men's Heavyweight (91kg) and Men's Super Heavyweight (+91kg) round of 16, 3:30 p.m.
Men's Kayak semifinal, final, 8:30 a.m.
Women's Individual Time Trial, 5 a.m.
Men's Individual Time Trial, 8 a.m.
Men's Synchronized 3-Meter Springboard final, 10 a.m.
Men's Individual Epee round of 32, round of 16, quarterfinals; Women's Individual Sabre round of 32, round of 16, quarterfinals, 4 a.m.
Men's Individual Epee semifinals, bronze and gold medal matches; Women's Individual Sabre semifinals, bronze and gold medal matches, 12:30 p.m.
Men's Field Hockey
Spain vs. Australia, 3:30 a.m.
Belgium vs. Netherlands, 5:45 a.m.
New Zealand vs. India, 8:45 a.m.
South Africa vs. Britain, 11 a.m.
Pakistan vs. Argentina, 2 p.m.
South Korea vs. Germany, 4:15 p.m.
Men's Individual All-Around final, 11:30 a.m.
Men's -90kg and Women's -70kg elimination rounds, quarterfinals, 4:30 a.m.
Men's -90kg and Women's -70kg repechages, semifinal contests, bronze and gold medal contests, 9 a.m.
Men's Pairs semifinals, Eights classification and final, Single Sculls classifications and semifinals, Lightweight Double Sculls classifications, Quadruple Sculls semifinals; Women's Pairs and Quadruple Sculls classification and final, 4:30 a.m.
Men's 49er, Laser, RS:X; Women's Elliott 6m, Laser Radial, RS:X, 7 a.m.
Women's 25-meter Pistol qualification and final, 4 a.m.
Brazil vs. New Zealand, 9:30 a.m.
Egypt vs. Belarus, 9:30 a.m.
Mexico vs. Switzerland, Noon
Britain vs. Uruguay, 2:45 p.m.
Japan vs. Honduras, Noon
Senegal vs. United Arab Emirates, 2:45 p.m.
South Korea vs. Gabon, Noon
Spain vs. Morocco, Noon
Men's 200 Backstroke, 200 Individual Medley heats; Women's 100 Freestyle, 200 Breaststroke, 4x200 Freestyle Relay heats, 5 a.m.
Men's 200 Backstroke semifinals, 200 Individual Medley semifinals, 100 Freestyle final, 200 Breaststroke final; Women's 100 Freestyle semifinals, 200 Breaststroke semifinals, 200 Butterfly final, 4x200 Freestyle Relay final, 2:30 p.m.
Men's Singles quarterfinals, 5 a.m.
Women's Singles bronze and gold medal matches, 9:30 a.m.
Women's Team Handball
Norway vs. South Korea, 4:30 a.m.
Montenegro vs. Angola, 6:15 a.m.
France vs. Sweden, 9:30 a.m.
Britain vs. Brazil, 11:15 a.m.
Spain vs. Denmark, 2:30 p.m.
Russia vs. Croatia, 4:15 p.m.
Men's and women's Singles third round; Mixed Doubles first round, 6:30 a.m.
Dominican Republic vs. Japan, 4:30 a.m.
Algeria vs. Russia, 6:30 a.m.
Serbia vs. Turkey, 9:45 a.m.
Britain vs. Italy, 11:45 a.m.
United States vs. China, 3 p.m.
Brazil vs. South Korea, 5 p.m.
Women's Water Polo
Hungary vs. China, 9:10 a.m.
Italy vs. Russia, 10:30 a.m.
Spain vs. United States, 1:20 p.m.
Britain vs. Australia, 2:40 p.m.
Men's 77kg group B and Women's 69kg group B, 5 a.m.
Women's 69kg group A (medal), 10:30 a.m.
Men's 77kg group A (medal), 2 p.m.