With the offical psych sheets for the 2016 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Champs out, it looks as though Michigan senior Dylan Bosch has dropped the 400 IM in favor of the 100 fly.
Bosch, 2014 NCAA 200 fly champion, 2015 Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, and 11-time NCAA All-American, was a triple individual champion at the 2016 B1G Champs. He won the 200 IM, 200 fly, and 400 IM, and was expected to swim that same lineup at the upcoming NCAA Champs. After all, he finished top 8 in each of these events at every NCAA Champs since his freshman year.
His time of 3:41.61 at 2016 Big Tens is off of his best time (3:39.07) from 2014, though it would still have seeded him 10th overall. In the 100 fly, he’s entered with his 47.62 from a January quad meet with Ohio State, West Virginia, and Buffalo. The only other SCY 100 fly he’s swum this year was a 47.72 from a tri meet with UVA and Penn State in early November. His 47.62 didn’t make it under the invited cut-off time, but because Bosch is already qualified in other events, he can swim any event in which he holds a ‘B’ cut in.
Bosch’s 100 fly best is a 46.57 from 2013 Winter Nationals. Perhaps his 2016 Winter Nationals lineup, which included the 200m IM, 200m fly, and 100m fly, and not the 400m IM, was an allusion to his NCAA schedule. Regardless, a 46.57 wouldn’t have been invited this year.
The 100 fly is incredibly stacked this year, with 10 guys already under 46 seconds and two under 45. Bosch finished 5th in the 400 IM in 2015, but will venture to the 100 fly this season along with the 200 IM and his signature 200 fly.