Michigan's Dylan Bosch leads the way

Sunday, November 1, 2015 - 3:15pm

Dylan Bosch’s time at Michigan has been marked by excellence and speed. The senior from South Africa is one of the Wolverines’ most decorated swimmers, having won a 2014 NCAA championship in the 200-yard butterfly and having shattered numerous school records.

Despite all of his accomplishments, Bosch is as hungry as ever in 2015.

With the season in its early stages, Bosch continued his fine start to the year with dominant performances in a meet against Virginia and Penn State at Canham Natatorium this weekend.

Saturday, in the 200-yard butterfly, Bosch put up an NCAA-best time in the event this season, easing to victory in 1:44.69. During Sunday’s 100-yard butterfly race, he outpaced his fellow competitors once again, winning with a time of 47.72 seconds.

“I have just been doing a lot of butterfly, and I feel that I have been naturally somewhat pretty good at it,” Bosch said. “I was lucky to have (U.S. National Team member) Kyle Whitaker here for two years leading the way as me and the guys learned a lot from him.”

Not only has Bosch shined individually, but in the 200-yard individual medley, he was part of a Michigan unit that claimed one of the Wolverines’ numerous early victories in the meet. Bosch, swimming the butterfly stroke, turned in a time of 1:45.86, which was another NCAA-best time of the season.

“We were all itching to swim really fast after some not-so-ideal outdoor conditions at Michigan State a couple of weeks ago,” Bosch said. “Being in front of the home crowd is awesome, and I think we were all really happy with our race today.”

With his focus currently on dominating the collegiate swimming ranks, Bosch also has his eyes set on the summer of 2016, when he hopes to compete at the Olympics for South Africa. Having represented his nation before at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the Youth Olympic Games in 2010, Bosch hopes he is able to make the next step up to Olympic glory.

“I mean, it is kind of sad that my collegiate career is finishing because I want to stay here forever,” Bosch said. “Right now, I just want to do what my team needs me to do, as I think it is more important for me to be focusing on my college career, which will lead into getting ready for (Olympic) trials.”

With his star swimmer in a similar situation to many fellow Wolverines, Michigan coach Mike Bottom is optimistic that not just Bosch, but all of his swimmers, will be ready for Rio 2016.

“We have a lot of people here who are really working hard to make their Olympic team,” Bottom said. “You see those Olympic rings on the wall, that is what the whole team, including Dylan, is shooting for.”

With a strong start to 2015, a plethora of opportunities to set new records and the goal of an NCAA championship and an Olympic berth, this season is shaping up to be an exciting year for the Michigan star and Olympic hopeful. If he swims as well as he did Saturday and Sunday, he will be right on track.