18-Second Freestyler Karol Ostrowski Will Finish Year with Drury, Then Transfer

Karol Ostrowoski has decided to withdraw from the NCAA Transfer Portal, for now, and finish the 2021-2022 season as a member of the team at Drury, before looking for a new program this summer.

“I want to help the team win a championship,” Ostrowski told SwimSwam on Wedneady.

One of the fastest swimmers to ever swim at the NCAA Division II level, and one of the fastest swimmers at any level to enter the NCAA Transfer portal, Ostrowski is the defending NCAA Champion in the 50 and 100 yard freestyles, and also placed 9th in the 100 back. He is the first man to go under 19 seconds in the 50 yard free from outside of Division I of the NCAA.

He then represented his native Poland at the Olympic Games, splitting a long course 48.67 on a men’s 400 free relay leadoff leg in prelims.

While the 22-year old hasn’t yet raced in formal competition since the Olympics, when SwimSwam arrived in Springfield in November to film a Practice & Pancakes, Ostrowski was still training with the team.

The Drury men finished 2nd at last year’s NCAA Division II National Championship meet, just 30 points behind the Queens men, who have now won 6 straight Division II titles.

Even without Ostrowski, Drury currently projects to finish 3rd in swimming points behind Queens and UIndy based on Swimulator scoring of season-best times to date.

If we factor in Cole Earl, one of the best divers In Division II, plus Ostrowski’s points, that significantly closes the 182-point gap to Queens. Cole is worth at least 30 points to the Panthers, while Ostrowski should conservatively score 50 individual points, though Drury’s relays are very highly-ranked even without him, so there’s not as much room to pick up there.

The team directly ahead of them, UIndy, is a wildcard right now after their head coach Jason Hite was fired in December.

Ostrowski, who originally committed to Florida State before winding up at Drury, says that joining a Division I program is still his goal.

“I really like Drury and (Drury assistant) coach Zach (Mertens) is a great guy. But my goal is to compete with the best in Division I,” Ostrowski said. He says that helping Drury win a national championship will be his ‘thank you gift’ to his Drury coaches for helping him get to the Olympics.

He also says that he still isn’t sure where he’s going to wind up, but will evaluate his options in the summer.

With best times of 18.92 in the 50 free and 41.15 in the 100 free, plus a 46.55 in the 100 back as a kicker, Ostrowski will have the attention of every college coach in the country.

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Mark Whalburg
23 days ago

Calvin Price will save this team, mark my words…

RP
2 months ago

this aged well

Sunday Morning Grind
4 months ago

Don’t leave the girl who brought you to the dance…

ISpeakTheTruth
4 months ago

Just swimming fast at this level doesn’t mean you will swim faster at a bigger school. Ben Michaelson knew that (for those who remember). The grass is not always greener…

HJones
Reply to  ISpeakTheTruth
4 months ago

Especially if you are from NCAA D2, NAIA, or NJCAA, where drug testing is nonexistent.

JP input is too short
Reply to  HJones
4 months ago

That’d be news to me. I know it isn’t as extensive as D1, but they have random testing throughout the season and test at least one person per heat at NCAAs as far as I remember.

We had multiple guys get tested during the season when I was in D2.

oxyswim
Reply to  HJones
4 months ago

He competed at major international competitions, I’m sure he’s been tested a fair amount.

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  ISpeakTheTruth
4 months ago

But it could. Better facilities, more resources. A potential pro training group post graduation. The sport is different than it was almost 20 years ago. Karol is also a different swimmer than Ben. Ben was not that fast at all out of high school and became elite late in college.

Hswimmer
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
4 months ago

Andrew Wilson.

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  Hswimmer
4 months ago

Who went to train with Texas when he could.

ISpeakTheTruth
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
4 months ago

I respect your point and to a degree, I would agree with you. However, something seems to be making him faster where he is now. Sometimes the coaching is just the right fit for someone and that can be hard to find- no matter the facilities, etc. Also, how fast was this kid before Drury? He has certainly improved a lot since he got there. As long as he is still improving, why change?

2Fat4Speed
Reply to  ISpeakTheTruth
4 months ago
ISpeakTheTruth
Reply to  2Fat4Speed
4 months ago

Looks to me like he dropped about a second in his 50 and about 2 seconds in his 100. He also made his olympic team after a year at Drury. I would say whatever they are doing with him there is working.

ISpeakTheTruth
4 months ago

Careful, dude. Going to a different school might seem sexy but isn’t necessarily going to make you faster. If something or a style of training has made you fast, you might think about staying with it.

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
4 months ago

Title should be 28.6 with fins Karol Ostrowski…

Ooa
4 months ago

How many years of eligibility will he have when he transfers?

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