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Michigan Olympians take the field Tuesday

The Detroit News
Sean Ryan was a five-time NCAA All-American at Michigan.

Only a few athletes knew they were headed to the Rio Olympics as long as Sean Ryan did — he was the fourth athletes to make the roster — and that’s probably fitting.

The former Michigan All-American went to great lengths to make it, transitioning from a college career in the pool to open-water marathon swimming.

He had to wait until Week 2 — technically 14 days of events — to get into the water, and hopes to improve on a fourth-place finish in the 10K at last summer’s World Championships in Russia.

Here’s a look at the Michigan contingent in action (Team USA unless noted):

* Eric Alejandro (Eastern Michigan, Puerto Rico): Track & field, 400 hurdles semifinals, 8:49 p.m.

* Nate Brannen (Michigan, Canada): Track & field, 1,500, 9:39 a.m.

* Alisha Glass (Leland): Women’s volleyball quarterfinals, vs. Japan, 1 p.m.

* Bora Gulari (Detroit): Sailing, mixed Nacra 17 final, 1:05 p.m.

* Cindy Ofili (Ypsilanti, University of Michigan, Great Britain): Track & field, 100 hurdles, 10:19 a.m.

* Jeff Porter (Canton, University of Michigan): Track & field, 110 hurdles, 7:40 p.m. (7:48, 7:56; 9:45 final)

* Tiffany Porter (Ypsilanti, University of Michigan, Great Britain): Track & field, 100 hurdles, 10:26 a.m.

* Sean Ryan (Ann Arbor, University of Michigan): Swimming, open water 10k, 8 a.m.

* Nick Willis (Ann Arbor, University of Michigan, New Zealand): Track & field, 1,500, 9:48 a.m.

* Shelina Zadorsky (University of Michigan, Canada): Women’s soccer semifinals, vs. Germany, 3 p.m.