Molly Kowal

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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)

2016-2017

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.

2017-2018

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).

2018-2019

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).

National/International

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 4:39.48 02/21/19 Big Ten Championships
Bloomington, Ind.
scy 1650 Free 15:44.61 03/23/19 NCAA Championships
Austin, Texas
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

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