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AUSTIN, Texas, March 29. IT isn’t every day that you get to say you just beat Michael Phelps and Tom Shields in one race, but Michigan’s Dylan Bosch now has that ability after breaking the U.S. Open and NCAA records in the men’s 200-yard fly at the NCAA Division I Men’s Championships.
Bosch went out hard, splitting a 22.65, 47.28 and 1:12.75 before fading a bit the last 50 en route to a 1:39.33. He was more than a second under the record pace at the 150, but had just enough to beat the 1:39.65 shared by Michael Phelps (2010) and Tom Shields (2013). Bosch, a South African, isn’t eligible to take down the American record, so Phelps and Shields remain in control of that mark.
“It feels great. I was a first-seed last year at my first NCAAs,” Bosch said. “That was a great experience being next to (California’s) Tom (Shields, in 2013). But I kind of wanted to win that one. I was just a freshman so I was pretty young. A year later and it’s an amazing feeling. It’s a really fast meet, it’s probably one of the fastest meets in the world. So, to be on the top of that podium is an awesome feeling and just a testament to how great the guys are at Michigan and how well we all train. I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Florida’s Marcin Cieslak finished just off a title trifecta as he couldn’t at the 200 fly to his previous wins in the 200 IM and 100 fly. He posted a 1:40.19 to take second tonight. California’s Marcin Tarczynski wound up third in 1:42.11.
NC State’s Christian McCurdy (1:42.18), Michigan’s Kyle Whitaker (1:42.56), Arizona’s Michael Meyer (1:43.05), Indiana’s Steve Schmuhl (1:43.17) and Florida’s Sebastien Rousseau (1:44.34) finished fourth through eighth behind the top three in the finale.
Florida State’s Connor Knight went out hard with a 48.26 at the 100, and managed to finish with a strong 1:42.25 to win the B final. Arizona State’s Alexandru Coci originally placed second in 1:42.97 with LSU’s Frank Greeff taking third in 1:43.46. Coci, however, was disqualified after further review, so Greeff moved up to second.
California’s Long Gutierrez picked up third with a 1:43.48 to keep adding to California’s leading tally. Columbia’s David Jakl (1:43.98), Stanford’s Tom Kremer (1:44.27), Auburn’s Arthur Mendes (1:44.51) and Minnesota’s Kyler Van Swol (1:44.67) also put up times in the consolation heat.
1 Bosch, Dylan SO Michigan 1:40.67 1:39.33
r:+0.70 22.65 47.28 (24.63)
1:12.75 (25.47) 1:39.33 (26.58)
2 Cieslak, Marcin SR Florida 1:41.48 1:40.19
r:+0.68 22.50 48.41 (25.91)
1:14.03 (25.62) 1:40.19 (26.16)
3 Tarczynski, Marcin SR California 1:42.02 1:42.11
r:+0.75 23.22 48.98 (25.76)
1:15.14 (26.16) 1:42.11 (26.97)
1. California 434.5
2. Texas 370.5
3. Florida 363
4. Michigan 302
5. Georgia 253
6. Auburn 177
7. Arizona 168.5
8. USC 156
9. Indiana 141
10. Stanford 140