IU’s Brendan Burns Chooses 100 fly Over 200 Back at NCAAs

by Michael Hamann 7

March 08th, 2022 Big Ten, College


The NCAA released pre-selection psych sheets for the men’s NCAA Division I Championships this morning, revealing the event lineup for the nation’s top swimmers. One notable lineup includes Indiana junior Brendan Burns, who will swim the 100 fly, 100 back and 200 fly later this month. 

For SwimSwam’s recap of the pre-selection psych sheets, click here

For our projected cut line, click here.

Burns, one of the top butterfliers and backstrokers in the country, enters the meet as the 25th seed in the 100 fly, the top seed in the 100 back and 5th seed in the 200 fly. This mirrors his event lineup from last year, though he could have chosen to tackle the challenging 200 fly/back double, as he currently holds the 6th fastest time in the nation in the 200 back. 

Instead, he has opted for his lower seeded 100 fly over the 200 back, giving him the easier double on day three of the meet and also freeing him up for a possible appearance on IU’s 400 free relay. 

The entry is relatively surprising, as Burns experimented with the 200 fly/back double at the Big 10 Championships and found great success, winning the conference title in both events. In the 200 back, he touched in 1:39.34, a new lifetime best. He then returned to win the 200 fly title in 1:39.81, only his second time under 1:40 and just off his lifetime best of 1:39.22 from last year’s Big 10 Championships.

The 100 fly, the event he chose over the 200 back, is also one of the fastest events in men’s NCAA swimming at the moment, with the top 10 seeds all having swum under the 45 second barrier this season. Burns will likely need to post a massive lifetime best to qualify for the A final, as his current lifetime best of 45.26 from last year’s Big 10s would be tied for 16th on this year’s NCAA psych sheets. 

Burns was Indiana’s top individual swimming scorer last season, securing 29 points for the Hoosiers. He qualified for the B final in the 100 fly, finishing 13th with a 45.53. He then qualified for the A final in the 100 back, finishing 6th in 45.03, and the 200 fly, finishing 7th in 1:40.42. 

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Sec guy
11 months ago

Complete chad schedule. Big thanks to his coaches for listening to him also

11 months ago

People scared of these doubles while the gigachad Brooks Fail does the 1650/2fly double again.

Reply to  Dylan
11 months ago

Actually it turns out I’m wrong: he’s gone for the 400 IM instead of 200 fly, and he’s seeded pretty well for the IM

James Beam
11 months ago

Would love to see an interview with him and get his take on the events he picked!

11 months ago

He wants a shot at that 2 fly dub

11 months ago


Some Guy
11 months ago

This is a big loss for the “Brendan Burns will win the 200 back” truthers out there