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.

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Jones
3 years ago

Why are so many people leaving ASU?

Superfan
Reply to  Jones
3 years ago

Who else left? Not surprised. All the hype and they fell flat at NCAAS!

Jones
Reply to  Superfan
3 years ago

13 people approximately from freshman and sophomore classes for men and women

Swimmy
Reply to  Jones
3 years ago

Really?

Admin
Reply to  Jones
3 years ago

Jones – please read and adhere to the SwimSwam commenting policies and don’t use multiple usernames in the same thread. Thanks.

SpeedRacer
Reply to  Jones
3 years ago

I wonder if those early sophomore and junior commits are starting to rethink their verbals. I get a few kids dropping off once the reality of college athletics and academics hit, but 13 is a lot no matter how you try and sell it. Add in a few quick coaching departures and it would seem all is not sunny for the Sun Devils.

Sccoach
Reply to  SpeedRacer
3 years ago

Somebody who commented twice under two different screen names said 13. Just random people talking trash who don’t know anything. Many of us have memory that goes back just a couple years and we remember what ASU swimming was like before Bowman.

Caleb
Reply to  Jones
3 years ago

bs

Justin
Reply to  Jones
3 years ago

I hear over 10 people have left

Sccoach
Reply to  Justin
3 years ago

Name all the names, don’t just throw out numbers without any proof

Jones
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

You want to name the names, I’ll help you. Women: Freshman: Morgan T, Meghan B Sophomores: Kaylee G, Katherine W, Emily G. Freshman Men: Dylan B, Mihalis D, Evan K, Graham H, Will B, Sophomore Guys: Grant S, Joe M

Right Dude Here
Reply to  Jones
3 years ago

Clearing money for the monster class coming in.

Sake
Reply to  Right Dude Here
3 years ago

Haven’t seen many women signing

Dunc1952
Reply to  Jones
3 years ago

First names and last name initials is not terribly helpful; I looked at the ASU rosters on their website and it is hard to fully match up names there with names in this post.

lollio
Reply to  Dunc1952
3 years ago

It all checks out.

Swim Happens
Reply to  Jones
3 years ago

Freshman quit or transfer everyday but IU cut conference swimmers that score, kids that were Juniors and a Junior Captain WTH

Swimmmer
Reply to  Swim Happens
3 years ago

Who? Or are you speculating?

Swim Happens
Reply to  Jones
3 years ago

So normal freshman sophomore attrition.

oh boy
Reply to  Swim Happens
3 years ago

That’s not normal attrition.

UofS
Reply to  Jones
3 years ago

12 or 13 red flags for recruits to see. Could be just the dismal results of the season but either way, in my 24 years of coaching I have never seen an exodus like this.

Curious
Reply to  Jones
3 years ago

Early cool pictures, mass exodus later. Sounds right.

Swimnerd
Reply to  Curious
3 years ago

Well, Ryan Mallam is out….. and now people are leaving…

Jones
Reply to  Swimnerd
3 years ago

Surprised he hasn’t gone back to D1 coaching with his expertise

Sake
Reply to  Swimnerd
3 years ago

Fantastic personality and innovative with ideas. Gone. And Misty Hyman, the face swimming in that area. Gone. See a pattern?

Swimming4silver
Reply to  Curious
3 years ago

sad, so much promise. im surprise. with the best swimming coach in the world as coach. i dont get it

Swim Happens
Reply to  Swimming4silver
3 years ago

hard work…too many clubs doing limited yards…can’t handle college level training and school. Normal attrition for freshman…but look at TX, IU cutting kids that vested 2+years is just wrong.

Ferb
3 years ago

I’m kind of surprised that a 1:36.5 would have been top-5 on the Michigan team.

ct swim fan
Reply to  Ferb
3 years ago

The story says 1:35.60, not 1:36.50

Ex Quaker
Reply to  ct swim fan
3 years ago

That’s referring to his relay split. I believe his flat start time, 1:36.5, would be 5th.

sven
Reply to  ct swim fan
3 years ago

That’s his split anchoring ASU’s relay. His individual 200 free is listed just after that as 1:36.57.

Justin e
Reply to  Ferb
3 years ago

Well for a team that got 17th in 2017…

Enlightened
3 years ago

He will find greater success at Michigan. Clearly these kids are learning not all people or programs turn out “as advertised”. Keep moving forward!

the big leagues
3 years ago

just the weak links leaving

They Know
Reply to  the big leagues
3 years ago

If Bowman is such a great coach, why did he recruit so many “weak links”?

You know
Reply to  They Know
3 years ago

Maybe because he didn’t recruit these “weak links”! And maybe…just maybe (sarcasm), these athletes wanted to go to ASU themselves?

What was Bob Bowman supposed to do? Ceush their dreams of attending ASU? Hard training is not for everyone!!!

They Know
Reply to  You know
3 years ago

These 2 classes were his recruits so he did recruit them. Only 1 kid was removed from the team, the rest left on their own. So kids with Olympic Trials cuts that are leaving the program are weak links? Dylan Boyd is an honorable mention All-American and he’s a weak link? Garbage yardage is not a good training plan.

Swimming Fan
Reply to  They Know
3 years ago

I saw no evidence of garbage yardage training when I watched his sets. You have to believe that many are leaving because of the large number of kids he is bringing in on the men’s side. You can only suit up so many for conference and NCAAs and I think he’s already added at least 12 with his incoming class. Some of the ones listed as leaving were not getting many chances to swim in meets last year as it was. Some of the better ones like Boyd maybe had other reasons or maybe they just felt he was adding too many swimmers.

They Know
Reply to  Swimming Fan
3 years ago

It is a one size fits all training which showed by the dismal sprint performance this season without Ryan Mallam on the men’s side. The kids leaving are leaving because of the team environment. It is nothing to do with the number of swimmers coming in next season. The women’s team did not have enough for a full travel squad this season.

They Know
Reply to  the big leagues
3 years ago

If Bowman is such a great coach then why did he knowingly recruit so many “weak links”?

Calswimfan
3 years ago

We will see more and more of this as kids are committing so early in high school. Families are making decisions based on a half day with the coaching staff during an unofficial visit and social media HYPE.

Very easy to make everything look perfect. Official recruiting trips were still fluff but at least 48 hours around the team gave a more complete picture. Too bad official trips are a thing of the past.

caliswam
Reply to  Calswimfan
3 years ago

While official trips are a thing of the past, the recruit still normally gets a great feel for the schools he or she is looking at. They most likely attend a junior day, or a basic college visit to meet the coach and the program, but when things start to get more serious with a school, the recruit will take an unofficial visit which the coach structures like any other official visit. The speeding up of the recruiting process definitely is a problem for everyone, but it doesn’t mean you still can’t pick the right school for the right reasons.

Sccoach
Reply to  Calswimfan
3 years ago

I don’t see much social media hype just a bunch of haters on comment boards who like to trash programs they don’t like

Koolaid
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

Or fan boys who can’t see Bowman for who he is….
His NCAA results speak for themselves. Go back and look at his time at Michigan. People transferring out and not living up to the hype is the guy’s entire M.O. in regards to coaching a team.

Sccoach
Reply to  Koolaid
3 years ago

I’m actually a Stanford fan but have coached a former swimmer who has loved swimming for Bowman. If people want to criticize his Michigan years that is fine but I think he’s done a fine job at ASU so far. This mass exodus of swimmers that is mentioned earlier in the comments is not something I’m aware of and we’ll see if it is a real thing or not

Pressure
Reply to  Koolaid
3 years ago

This.

SwimSwum
Reply to  Calswimfan
3 years ago

You make a fine point, but that’s not what happened in this case.

Bluemoon
3 years ago

Doesn’t surprise me. Bowman is much better coaching one or two kids and not a whole team. Great personal trainer…not head coach.

Sccoach
3 years ago

I’ll get on the hate train too. Why do kids feel proud of transferring and feel the need to make a social media announcement? “Hello followers! I’m ecstatic to announce that I didn’t get faster last year and I didn’t get along with my team and coaches, so I’m leaving! Hooray! Thanks for all the support!”

WSCoach
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

Probably because swimswam commenters would speculate/assume that it was for some discipline or legal issue. It may actually be a pretty wise thing to do.

Sccoach
Reply to  WSCoach
3 years ago

That makes sense if he gives the reason but he doesn’t give the reason. So everyone is still speculating even with the announcement, it doesn’t clear anything up at all lol.

WSCoach
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

That’s fair. I would think that one would not want to bring undue attention to themselves if their transfer is in a negative light. I do, though, see your point.

Swim Happens
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

Excuse me…nobody wants to transfer many are forced and go look at the top five… the kids they forced out all got faster!!! check you facts at the door…these coaches have stopped developing and buy talent for the almighty trophy.

Sccoach
Reply to  Swim Happens
3 years ago

Do you have inside info about this swimmer getting forced out? If not, “nobody wants to transfer” is a hell of a silly statement.

Stooooppppp
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

I think what they meant was that nobody goes into college wanting to transfer already. Something happened there that made them feel like they need to be elsewhere. It’s an incredibly hard decision to make for someone at that age

Watchfuleye
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

Inside…

Sake
Reply to  Sccoach
3 years ago

Proud of this young man! You don’t know….

TAK
3 years ago

I believe Dylan attended Lake Forest High School with Daria Pyshnenko, who swims for Michigan, for three years. I believe he also swam club under coach Vlad Pyshnenko, Daria’s father, for a year while in high school. Maybe he received positive input from the Pyshnenkos about Michigan. I have no inside knowledge – just thinking about possibilities.

oh boy
Reply to  TAK
3 years ago

As someone with (some) inside knowledge, this is at least partially correct.

JP input too short
Reply to  TAK
3 years ago

Gosh… I remember when I was an age grouper, Vlad would sometimes suit up for some relays at Senior Champs and throw out some impressive splits.

EX QUAKER
Reply to  JP input too short
3 years ago

Yeah! I remember him dropping something like a 1:36 200 free at the age of 38. He’s a monster!

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