BROWN DEER, Wis. – Former Brainerd Warrior and current University of Wisconsin swimmer Eau Claire Michael Bylander is heading to the NCAA Division III National Championships.
Bylander had a record-breaking day in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Finals Feb. 17-19
He set a school and conference record in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:59.98. He also broke the 200 medley relay record with a time of 1:28.65.
Byalnder won the 200 IM in 1:48.76 and was part of the wins in the 200 freestyle (1:22.93) and the 400 IM relay (3:17.95).
He finished second in the 100m backstroke to be named the WIAC swimmer of the competition. He also received the WIAC Max Spangler Scholar-Athlete Award, which is given to the competition’s outstanding swimmer or diver with a minimum GPA of 3.5.
Bylander maintains a 3.64 grade point average and is majoring in biology with minors in chemistry and pre-professional health sciences. He earned a spot on the College Swimming Coaches Association of America Individual Scholars All-America Team for the 2020-21 academic year. Bylander is a three-time WIAC Scholastic Honor Roll member.
He was selected swimmer of the competition at this year’s WIAC Championship after winning five titles (two individual, three relay) and setting three conference meet records. Overall, he is a nine-time conference champion and a four-time All-American. In the 2020-21 season, he was the second-fastest 200-yard thrower in NCAA Division III and earned WIAC Swimmer of the Year recognition. A team captain for two years, Bylander holds the school records in the 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard medley relay.
Bylander did not compete in the 100m breaststroke for conference standings, but swam a time trial at the event to qualify for the NCAA National Championships. He swam a 54.09, which was faster than the winning WIAC time and qualified him for the national championships.
In all, Bylander will compete in five events at the nationals March 16-19 in Indianapolis.
He qualified in the 200 and 100 breaststroke, the 200 IM and the 200 and 400 IM relays. Bylander is currently seeded No. 4 in the 200m breaststroke and fifth in the 100m.