Dylan Boyd Transfers to Michigan After One Year with Arizona State

Dylan Boyd, who just wrapped up his freshman season with the Arizona State Sun Devils, has announced his transfer decision to the University of Michigan.

Boyd is a mid-distance freestyler who anchored ASU’s 4×200 free relay at NCAAs in March. Splitting a 1:35.60 on the anchor leg, he helped ASU clock a 6:16.05 to take 10th overall and earn All-American honorable mention status.

TOP TIMES

  • 100 free 44.83
  • 200 free 1:36.57
  • 500 free 4:21.11
  • 100 fly 49.63
  • 200 fly 1:46.55

Boyd has had some turbulence in his college decision process. In mid-October of 2016, Boyd signed during the fall signing period with Wisconsin. Then, during the summer of 2017, Boyd announced he had made a change due to family reasons and would instead attend Arizona State.

Yesterday, however, he posted on his Instagram (below) that he’d be transferring to swim for Michigan, which is also in the Big Ten, like Wisconsin.

Michigan will immediately benefit from Boyd’s presence. His times in the 500 free and 200 free would’ve been 4th and 5th, respectively, on Michigan’s 2017-18 top times list. He’d also have been 5th in the 200 fly.

The Wolverines are known for producing mid-distance freestyle talent, and with top recruit Patrick Callan coming in, they’ll have a strong set of new faces for mid-distance free.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BhZ8v_FB5v4/?taken-by=dybdd

 

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APSWIM
4 years ago

Everyone commenting negatively on the coaching at ASU/IU or any team that is experiencing transferring students…… Have you ever considered that maybe it’s the swimmer’s preference or lack of hard work/mindset that the program has?? Just a thought.

Said
4 years ago

As insight, yes; 11 people have left the team and when they leave they are immediately taken off the roster. ASU is a good swim program with a lot of fast individuals however attention is catered to those who preform , if you preform well then the coaches are more willing to work with you. 11 people have chosen to leave on their own expense to find a team/college-home that fits THEIR needs. Don’t shame a swimmer over his/her choice to do what is Best for them. Who knows just exactly whats going on besides the swimmers themselves, that’s for them to chose to share or to not share… but if it’s not a good fit, then it’s not a… Read more »

Watchfuleye
Reply to  Said
4 years ago

Amen!

meeeeee
4 years ago

Makes me wonder who left Michigan to open up scholarship space for Boyd?

dmswim
Reply to  meeeeee
4 years ago

Maybe no one. His family could be wealthy and willing to pay for school for him to swim somewhere he was happy.

dmswim
Reply to  dmswim
4 years ago

He went to a high school in NC that costs 23k a year, so maybe full tuition at U of M for a year isn’t that daunting.

KNOW IT ALL
4 years ago

If all of the departures are true as rumored above, here’s my theory: maybe Rachel Stratton-Mills is leaving for Auburn or another head coach role? Wouldn’t be shocking given her success.

The Screaming Viking!
4 years ago

Hey guys, it’s time to just admit and come to terms with what we are all thinking. The mass exodus from ASU is because Bowman doesn’t like USRPT.

sven
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
4 years ago

I shudder to think of the firestorm that would have ignited if you’d said this in one of the first 3 comments of the thread. Unfortunately, this gem won’t get the love it deserves.

dmswim
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
4 years ago

Maybe we should also mention Teri McKeever to really fire up this comments section.

Stan Crump
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
4 years ago

No doubt. And maybe even true. Some of these kids have ideas that they have a lot of choices. Fact is, if they want to be good in certain events, or if their physiology demands that they approach speed from the aerobic side, there isn’t a lot of choices. It takes what it takes.

#MFan
Reply to  The Screaming Viking!
4 years ago

USRPT is working for Dean Farris.

mikeh
4 years ago

I don’t know why Mr. Boyd is leaving. However Bob Bowman seems like a very difficult person to get along with. He has driven off a few swimmers.

Brutus
4 years ago

Be nice to all. ASU is a great school with great coach. Mich is a great school with a great coach. Swimmers change their minds…all good.

Stooooppppp
Reply to  Brutus
4 years ago

This needs more upvotes

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  Brutus
4 years ago

ASU a great school? Academically? Not at all. However, if you want a quick and easy on line degree, ASU is the place to go.

You Know
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
4 years ago

Yes, BuckeyeBoy! ASU is ranked #1 in the nation for innovation ahead of #2 Stanford and #3 MIT.

This misconception of ASU as a party school is old, read up and educate yourself! Besides tell me one University that is not a party school. Let’s start with Stanford?! Maybe…? I heard in the news, they party hard!!!

Read up:

https://www.usnews.com/best-colleges/rankings/national-universities/innovative

dmswim
Reply to  You Know
4 years ago

While I don’t give a ton of credence to national rankings, a number 1 ranking for “innovation” is just a joke. It’s meaningless. U.S. News ranks in so many ridiculous categories these days when only one really matters. And in that ranking, ASU is ranked #115 among national universities tied with the likes of Temple, Kansas, Iowa State, and University of St. Thomas. Not bad company to be in, but not on the same level as Stanford and MIT.

Swimming Fan
Reply to  dmswim
4 years ago

If you don’t believe much in rankings, how can you say that only one matters and then you pick a number? Quite frankly, a lot of schools get a ranking because they have professors who research and write. Many of these professors rarely teach. Instead students sit in a class of 100 people and are taught by a TA. Not much of an education if you actually want to learn. Especially, if you go to a school where you can get taught be talented professors with a passion for actually teaching. With regard to ASU, I actually think it has a lot to offer students in particular disciplines such as engineering and construction management to name two.

dmswim
Reply to  Swimming Fan
4 years ago

Basically, I was saying that while I don’t believe in rankings much at all, the “innovation” ranking is particularly bogus. You can get a high quality education at almost any school if you invest yourself, but Arizona State is not on the same level academically as Stanford and MIT. Period.

Swimming Fan
Reply to  dmswim
4 years ago

No, it isn’t on the same academic plane as those two schools. Nevertheless, it is a fine school. Moreover, higher education probably deserves a “D” for how well they are educating students these days and preparing them for the real world without saddling them with crushing debt loads. Some schools, like ASU, are trying to think outside the box and design a better mouse trap. Hence the marketing of the school for its innovation. That’s not necessarily a bad thing as it beats those schools that just keep setting their broken mouse traps.

Buckeyeboy
Reply to  You Know
4 years ago

https://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/just-visiting/asu-new-american-university-its-terrifying
A differing point of view. Interesting read though. We will agree to disagree on the academic merits of ASU.

CraigH
Reply to  Buckeyeboy
4 years ago

From this article, it sounds like ASU is trying to keep up with their Grand Canyon U neighbors in a lot of ways.

Tarzan
4 years ago

ASU is not the only program seeing swimmers leaving or being cut.
Indiana losers, just purged 11 swimmers from its roster. All of these so call great coaches are a bunch of mercenary hypocrites, that would rather crush the dreams of kids not making huge gains in the pool for their teams. Instead, they recruit many foreign national or super fast swimmers to make themselves seem better as coaches.
I hope all the kids cut or transferring to other programs find what they want and thrive both in the pool and classroom.

Guy
Reply to  Tarzan
4 years ago

Ok, unpopular comment time. These “mercenary hypocrites” as you called them are being paid and pressured by their AD’s and DONOR’s to win or be unemployed. Football, basketball, etc cut kids all the time and everyone gets it. They have to keep rosters at a certain number and if you can bring in a freshman that is faster than a junior then the junior gets cut. That’s D1 sports kids. Scholarships are 1 year contracts. It’s not club sports, it’s not park and rec. Get faster, score points, contribute in some other way or they have to find someone who does. That’s not the coaches being “mean”, that’s the coaches doing their job.

mikeh
Reply to  Guy
4 years ago

I have not heard of Eddie Reese cutting swimmers every year. Does this happen and we don’t know about it? I am not sure.

Swim Happens
Reply to  mikeh
4 years ago

Of course he does… All top 20 schools cut poor contributors, bad team members…Title 9 wasn’t to limit men, it was meant to increase women opportunities…but in the end men lose.

Swimmmer
Reply to  Guy
4 years ago

Power 5 scholarships run 4 years as of ~2015

Guy
Reply to  Swimmmer
4 years ago

You are correct, I left college coaching in 2015 right before this came into effect. However, many teams like IUFAN states below allow a lot of walk-ons, train them hard, look for the diamond in the rough. If it doesn’t happen then they get cut and you bring in a new group trying for the same thing. You could actually make an argument that this format allows more kids to “live out their dreams” who normally wouldn’t be quick enough to swim at all for a Power 5 school right out of HS. I’m sure many of these kids appreciate the opportunity and knew the situation before they committed. Some are great kids, hard workers, great attitudes, but that’s how… Read more »

Watchfuleye
Reply to  Guy
4 years ago

Most do not know…they are left with 12 mth leases…credits that won’t transfer…cut after application deadlines are done forcother schools and a pile of out of state debt! They are not living a dream!

Oldswimfan
Reply to  Tarzan
4 years ago

Wow!! Is this true about IU?? Do they really cut 11 swimmers? Very concerning as one of my swimmers is currently looking at IU.

Iufan
Reply to  Oldswimfan
4 years ago

IU, like other developing programs allow a lot of walk ons to try to find a diamond in the rough. I know these teams sometimes cut swimmers if they don’t have the work ethic or grades. Title 9 sometimes plays a role too. I call bs on cutting 11 swimmers though. Lots of ridiculous claims without evidence on this thread.

EX QUAKER
Reply to  Iufan
4 years ago

Yes, and in some cases it has paid off for them. Just look at Levi Brock. Mediocre breaststroke walk on out of high school, 51 low All-American 100 breaststroker his senior year at IU.

Swim Happens
Reply to  EX QUAKER
4 years ago

Under IU’s current structure he would have been cut in his 2nd year.

Swim Happens
Reply to  Iufan
4 years ago

They cut 11 swimmers and most made large gains!! FACT

Swim Happens
Reply to  Iufan
4 years ago

Hard to list evidence since they keep their roster the same until they can replace pics with new meat.

OSUSWIMMER
Reply to  Tarzan
4 years ago

Ohio State also just cut a large number of people, including a kid that was injured the entire year and only recovered for the end of season invite.

Marge
Reply to  OSUSWIMMER
4 years ago

Swimming in college is a privilege, not a right.

I feel sorry for the coaching staffs that do not have the ability to cut swimmers.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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