Molly Kowal

Molly Kowal is a competitive swimmer who represents the United States internationally. She was the 2019 NCAA runner-up in the 1,650 and the bronze medalist in the 1500 at the 2019 World University Games.

High School (Nazareth Academy)

In high school, Kowal was a two-time All-State and four-time All-District honoree. She qualified for the 2016 Olympic Trials in the 400 IM.

College (Ohio State)


Kowal was an immediate impact swimmer for the buckeyes in her freshman campaign. Kowal placed 6th in the 1650 free (16:02.35), 10th in the 400 IM (4:12.64) and 14th in the 500 free (4:43.16) at the Big Ten Championships. Her time in the 1,650 qualified her for NCAA’s as a freshman, where she finished 30th in the 1650 free (16:14.57), 37th in the 500 free (4:42.57) and 47th in the 400 IM.


Kowal made great strides in her 2nd season in Columbus. At the conference meet, she placed 3rd in the 1650 free (15:53.11), 6th in the 400 IM (4:10.28) and 7th in the 500 free (4:40.21).

Kowal went on to finish 7th in the 1650 free (15:52.80) at the NCAA Championships, claiming first team All-America honors. She also placed 21st in the 500 free (4:40.26).


Kowal’s development continued at Ohio State, and her placings continued to ascend. She was runner-up in the 1650 free (15:49.53), and finished 5th in the 500 free (4:39.48) and 400 IM (4:09.00) at the Big Ten Championships. At the NCAA’s, she was runner-up in the 1650 free (15:44.61) and placed 30th in the 500 free (4:41.71) and 34th in the 400 IM (4:12.60).


At her last B1G Championships, Kowal took control, taking a conference title in the 1,650 and breaking the B1G meet record with a time of 15:43.17. She also recorded a career-best in the 500 free of 4:39.35 to take 5th in the event, and took 9th in the 400 IM in 4:09.93.


2019 World University Games (Napoli, Italy)

At her 1st major international meet, Kowal won a bronze in 1500, touching for 3rd in a time of 16:20.94.

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 500 Free 4:39.35 02/20/20 Big Ten Championships
Iowa City, Iowa
scy 1650 Free 15:43.17 02/22/20 Big Ten Championships
Iowa City, Iowa
scy 400 IM 4:09.00 02/22/19 Big Ten Championships
Bloomington, Ind.
lcm 800 Free 8:35.94 07/25/18 2018 Summer Nationals
Irvine, California
lcm 1500 Free 16:20.94 07/07/19 2019 World University Games
Napoli, Italy