Butterflier Joseph Gurski Verbals to Cornell (2021)

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Butterflier Joseph Gurski of Fanwood Scotch Plains YMCA in New Jersey has verbally committed to Cornell for next fall. Gurski is a senior at Woodbridge High School.

I am very excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Cornell University! Thank you to Coach Wes Newman and Coach Jake Lichter for this great opportunity and to my family, friends, and coaches for their support along the way. Go Big Red!


  • 100 fly – 49.53
  • 200 fly – 1:51.47 (1:49.20 unofficial)
  • 100 free – 47.31
  • 200 free – 1:42.12 (1:39.95 unofficial)

Gurski has made significant progressions since the pandemic hit. In the 100 free, he’s gone from 49.25 to 47.31, in the 200 free from 1:43.58 to 1:42.12, in the 100 fly from 50.89 to 49.53 and in the 200 fly from 1:52.17 to 1:51.47.

In early December, at a club intrasquad, Gurski clocked lifetime bests (though not official in the SWIMS database) in the 200 free (1:39.95) and 200 fly (1:49.20). In the summer of 2019, at the YMCA Long Course Nationals, Gurski made the 50m fly C-final (26.34), placing 19th.

Cornell just graduated Jack Mahoney, who led the team in the 100 fly last season (47.3), but they return James Huang, a senior this year, at 47.6/1:45.4. Gurski’s unofficial best of 1:49.20 in the 200 fly would’ve put him #2 on the roster last year behind Huang.

At the 2020 Ivy League Championships, Gurski would’ve been a B-finalist in the 200 fly. He would’ve also been a C-finalist in the 100 fly and 200 free.

Gurski joins Vlad Gilszmer and Sebastian Wolff in Cornell’s class of 2025.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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