Division II NCAA record-holder Matt Josa is looking to transfer to the Division I level, with Texas, Cal, Missouri and Louisville among the potential landing spots.
Josa starred for Queens University for two years at the Division II level but is sitting out this NCAA season in an Olympic redshirt. That means Josa could have up to two years left to compete at the college level.
Multiple sources tell SwimSwam Josa is seeking a transfer to Division I, and Texas, California, Missouri and Louisville have all been named as possible transfer destinations. Texas and Cal have split the past two NCAA titles and are expected to be among the top few title contenders in 2016. They also both have great track records in the butterfly events, Josa’s specialty – Texas put an unprecedented 6 men into the NCAA Championship final in the 100 fly last year, and Cal has coached Tom Shields to NCAA and U.S. Open records plus NCAA and U.S. National long course titles.
Missouri and Louisville are both rising programs. Mizzou has an interesting connection in that the Tigers have had great success developing sprint freestyler Michael Chadwick, a former teammate of Josa’s at the SwimMAC Carolina club, while Louisville has trained Kelsi Worrell up to be the fastest female butterflyer in American short course yards history.
SwimSwam has reached out to Josa for comment and information on any other programs he’ll be visiting, but has not yet received a reply.
Josa would be a game-changer for any team in the NCAA. He holds short course lifetime-bests of 44.89 in the 100 fly and 1:42.96 in the 200 fly, plus a 1:41.94 in the 200 IM and some great freestyle (19.9/42.7/1:34.2) and backstroke (21.5/46.6/1:40.7) times to boot. He was also a member of the U.S. World University Games team in 2015 and will contend for an Olympic spot this summer in the long course pool.