Pawel Sendyk is a Poland native, but travelled across to world to attend the University of California, Berkeley where he is currently a freshman on the swim team. Born on May 24 1997 to Robert and Ewa Sendyk, he has risen to become one of Polands top freestyle and butterfly talents. Before moving to California to study physics and continue his swimming career, Sendyk swam for MKP Szcecin in his home country.
2015 was a breakout year for Sendyk on an international stage. He represented Poland at the European Games picking up a silver in the 50 meter butterfly and a bronze in the 400 meter medley relay. Also that year he was at the World Junior Championships in Singapore. His best result came in the 50 meter butterfly where he was in a three-way tie for eighth place after the heats. In a swim off for the last spot in the final Sendyk touched second, just missing out.
University of California, Berkeley
Sendyk decided to leave his home country of Poland to compete in the NCAA. He picked the Cal bears under head coach David Durden as his new home.
At the 2017 NCAA Championships, Sendyk picked up points to help Cal to finish second overall behind Texas. First up for the freshman was the 200 yard freestyle relay. He was joined by Michael Jensen, Justin Lynch and Matthew Josa to take the bronze medal. He was back in action again the same night in the 50 yard freestyle final where he finished 6th in 19.05. In the 200 yard medley relay, Sendyk swam the freestyle leg and touched home for another bronze medal for the Bears. He also swam the 100 yard freestyle and butterfly, finishing 25th and 27th.