ACC Standout Nyls Korstanje Presses Pause On NC State Career

NC State’s 2019 ACC Freshman of the Year Nyls Korstanje has decided to return to his home nation of the Netherlands to continue his training in the hopes of making the Dutch Olympic team.

After two years as a member of the Wolfpack, Korstanje cites the unpredictability of the coronavirus situation in the United States, providing too many uncertainties surrounding the swimming program. Instead, he will be based out of the National Training Centre in Eindhoven, at least for the coming months. He has plans to return to NC State after the Olympics.

“I have now decided to fully train in the Netherlands at least next season. I can continue to follow my educational program online. It is still unclear what the sporty future will bring, but I am sure in Eindhoven that I can continue to develop as a top swimmer thanks to the top facilities, the guidance and the strong swimming team. I am happy that the KNZB offers me this opportunity,” said Korstanje.

Coach Marcel Wouda, said of the change, “Nyls was in a difficult situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We had a number of conversations about his options and explained everything from all sides. It is good that he has now chosen with full conviction to join the program in Eindhoven 100% again. We have previously worked together to our great satisfaction and I look forward to doing so again in the coming period.”

Korstanje told SwimSwam that NC State Head Coach Braden Holloway “and I basically made the decision because of the uncertainty in training and competition. Since there are no big competitions this fall, we can decide about redshirting pretty late in the season.

“I will not be leaving NC State forever. As you all know there is a lot of uncertainty around training situations, NCAA competitions and international travel due to the covid situation. Currently I am unable to go back to Raleigh and I do not want to be dependent on a constantly changing situation.

“Coach Braden wants to protect the team, and is doing so by giving us the freedom to make the decision that fits everyone’s personal situation. Braden, Marcel (Dutch National team coach) and I took matters into our own hands and decided that it would be best for me to stay at home, where there is a stable system in place.

I greatly appreciate them for giving me this option. I will keep doing my schoolwork from home and I will still be swimming competitions with the diamond on my chest. Being a part of something greater than yourself has never been so hard, but tough times ask for tough decisions. All hail the PBG ♦️”

Korstanje earned the first individual ACC title of his career in 2019 with the 50y freestyle win. He doubled up with a 100 freestyle gold as well. He posted a 18.62 anchor split in the 200 medley relay at ACCs for NC State. Korstanje was slated to compete in all 3 relay teams and 3 individual events at the cancelled 2020 NCAA Men’s Swimming & Diving Championships.

As such, Korstanje’s departure deals a big blow to the NC State relay prospects in the near future. At the 2019 NCAA Championships, Korstanje led-off the Wolfpack and helped edge them to runner-up in the 200 free relay with a 19.03 opener.

The Wolfpack also took runner-up in the 400 free relay and third in the medley relay with Korstanje on board.

Individually, Korstanje brought 9 points to the Wolfpack, courtesy of his 12th place finish in the 50y freestyle (19.18) and 13th place in the 100y free (42.49).

Of note, Korstanje’s announcement follows the move from former NC State Associate Coach Bobby Gunturo is making to head up the program at UNC-Wilmington.

Korstanje isn’t the only college swimmer to have changed up his plans due to the uncertainty the coronavirus pandemic brings. For example, we already reported how two-time World Record setter at the 2019 World Championships, Regan Smith, has deferred her Stanford enrollment due to the conditions.

As we reported, Smith said she was fully ready to make the jump to college level, but that the ongoing uncertainty around the coronavirus pandemic forced her to re-evaluate a move across the country. Smith will instead remain in Minnesota, training with coach Mike Parratto and her longtime Riptide Swim Club. She won’t begin taking classes through Stanford, but says she’s looking into taking online courses of some kind to stay connected to an academic routine during her gap year.

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PVSFree
1 month ago

Is he redshirting or leaving NC State for good?

Nyls Korstanje
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

I will not be leaving NC State forever. As you all know there is a lot of uncertainty around training situations, NCAA competitions and international travel due to the covid situation. Currently I am unable to go back to Raleigh and I do not want to be dependent on a constantly changing situation. Coach Braden wants to protect the team, and is doing so by giving us the freedom to make the decision that fits everyone’s personal situation. Braden, Marcel (Dutch National team coach) and I took matters into our own hands and decided that it would be best for me to stay at home, where there is a stable system in place. I greatly appreciate them for giving me… Read more »

Tea rex
Reply to  Nyls Korstanje
1 month ago

Can I come with you? “A stable system in place” sounds magical.

PVSFree
Reply to  Nyls Korstanje
1 month ago

Veel succes met het maken van het Olympische team! Goed om te zien dat Nederlandse zwemmers het goed doen.

Eisenheim
Reply to  Nyls Korstanje
1 month ago

Thanks a lot for the insight, Nyls! I think you’ve made a great decision and I wish you the best.

Curious
Reply to  PVSFree
1 month ago

He’s going to UNCW with Bobby

NC Fan
1 month ago

Looks like he’s staying an NC State student and will ‘follow his education program online’ so hopefully he’ll be back next year IF some sense of normalcy returns. He’d be crazy to try to get back to the US this year amidst all the uncertainty while also trying to make the Olympic team. Will be surprised if many international students come back this year…especially with a government that initially tried to keep them out. Guessing there is probably no way Norgaard goes to State this year either especially as a Freshman since the US wouldn’t let him in if classes were all online.

Swimmin85
1 month ago

Wow this is big.

James Beam
Reply to  Swimmin85
1 month ago

yes it is big…but let’s say this year falls apart…fast forward to 2021-22 season…he gets another year of eligibility and then you put him and David Curtiss at the end of the 200 free relay…game, set, match. NC State with the NCAA record…

NC Fan
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

Even without a redshirt Nyls would still be a senior that year. Now you could have it for 2 years. Almost seems unfair when you have that and add in all the others existing top notch swimmers and committed recruits. Cal and TX will have a battle on their hands.

Swimmin85
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

That’s true! Or plot twist and he follows Guntoro…. most likely not though

Admin
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

That relay could set a record that would stand for a long time.

TBC
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

Add in Aiden Hayes, who is only a tenth behind Curtiss short course. That’s a mean relay.

Austinpoolboy
Reply to  TBC
1 month ago

Very exciting! Who’s their fourth?

TBC
Reply to  Austinpoolboy
1 month ago

Pick your poison.

Wondering
Reply to  James Beam
1 month ago

Assuming they don’t false start….

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