After the 2014 Men’s NCAA Championship, there were lots of great candidates for HardCore Swim of the Week. Arizona’s Kevin Cordes was his usual unbelievable self in the breaststrokes (and had his 50.04 in the 100 breaststroke been .05 faster, he probably would have won this award).
But we chose Michigan’s Dylan Bosch and his 200 fly U.S. Open Record, because of who’s record he broke.
When Bosch won the 200 fly in 1:39.33, he broke the record co-held by two swimmers that we know match up with the best in the world. The old record of 1:39.65 was co-owned by Tom Shields from 2013, and Michael Phelps from 2010.
Shields showed shortly after breaking that record that he was one of the best short course butterfliers in the world between the World Short Course Championships and the FINA World Cup circuit. Though his long course still wouldn’t put him in ‘legendary’ territory, his short course butterflying makes him one of the best in the world. Michael Phelps is, well, Michael Phelps – the best 200 butterflier in history, and it’s not even close.
At any rate, Bosch’s swim electrified swim fans even back in his native country of South Africa, where he was featured as front-page news. There weren’t many places even in the U.S. where a Phelps-record-breaking swim earned that kind of mainstream attention.
After the disaster that was 2013 for South African swimming, the community there seems to be re-energized and revitalized ahead of next week’s Commonwealth Games/Pan Pac Trials thanks in part to Bosch’s swim.
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