Disclaimer: Dolfin Swim of the Week is not meant to be a conclusive selection of the best overall swim of the week, but rather one Featured Swim to be explored in deeper detail. The Dolfin Swim is an opportunity to take a closer look at the context of one of the many fast swims this week, perhaps a swim that slipped through the cracks as others grabbed the headlines, or a race we didn’t get to examine as closely in the flood of weekly meets.
Missouri State’s Artur Osvath broke school and pool records last week in a stellar 1:53.68 200 breast that should book him a return trip to the NCAA Championships.
Osvath had previously gone 1:55.88 at the Iowa Invite back in December. But he torched that time over the weekend at the Shamrock Invitational hosted by Notre Dame. His 1:53.68 was the fastest 200 breast of the week by nearly two full seconds. (No one else has broken 1:55 since the beginning of 2019). For the full season, the time ranks 5th in the nation, and sits well under the 1:54.49 it took to qualify for NCAAs last year.
After swimming at NCAAs as a freshman and sophomore, Osvath missed the cut last season by about two tenths of a second. His swim this year not only all but guarantees him an invite, it puts him in the hunt for an A final appearance: last year, it took 1:53.10 to make the A final out of prelims.
Osvath had a good week all-around. His 53.12 in the 100 breast was another season-best, and was the third-best swim in the nation in that event this week. He also went 1:43.98 in the 200 fly, good enough for #2 in the nation for the week.
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