July 12, 2011
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Freshman Sean Ryan (Hixson, Tenn./McCallie School) of the University of Michigan men's swimming and diving team and Wolverine alumnus Bobby Savulich (2006-09) will compete for the United States at the World University Games, held Aug. 14-19 in Shenzhen, China.
Ryan made a big impact on the Wolverines during his rookie campaign, claiming Big Ten titles in the 500-yard and 1,650-yard freestyle to help the Maize and Blue to a conference title. He went on to earn All-America status in both events, finishing fifth in the 500 and seventh in the mile.
No stranger to international competition, Ryan most recently finished ninth in the 1,500-meter freestyle at the 2010 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships. He has represented his country at the 2008 World Youth Championships, 2009 Junior Pan Pacific Games, 2009 World Open Water Championships and the 2010 Pan Pacific Games.
Savulich earned All-America six times and was a 13-time Big Ten champion for the Maize and Blue. Savulich swam anchor on both of U-M's record-setting medley relays. Savulich secured two top eight finishes at the Namesnik Grand Prix at Canham Natatorium (April 8-10).
Known internationally as the Summer Universiade, the multi-sport event takes place every two years and is considered the second-largest international competition behind the Olympic Games. It boasts competitors from around the world and is open to student-athletes between the ages of 17 and 28 who are less than one year removed from college or its equivalent.