Division II NCAA standout Matthew Josa will be transferring to the University of California for his remaining two seasons of college eligibility, beginning this fall.
Josa starred for Queens University in the NCAA”s Division II for two seasons, but sat out this past year on an Olympic redshirt, training with SwimMAC Carolina. In the meantime, news broke that Josa was seeking a transfer to Division I, with Cal, Texas, Missouri and Louisville all rumored as possible destinations.
This week, SwimMAC coach David Marsh confirmed that Josa would be transferring to Cal, passing along a statement from Josa:
“I loved my time at Queens, I made some of my best friends, we won tough championships with Coach Dugdale but outside of the Olympics my priority is to race at the Division 1 level with a top team,” Josa said in the statement. “Based of their pattern of success, Dave Durden’sand David Marsh’s similar coaching philosophy, and Cal’s impressive results in the Long Course pool, I plan to finish my last 2 years as a Cal Bear”
Josa is a huge pickup for Cal. He holds NCAA Division II records in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 IM, and is coming off an Olympic Trials meet where he finished 6th overall in the 100 fly.
He also gives Cal a badly-needed weapon in the butterfly races, which have been the key cogs in Texas’s back-to-back wins over Cal at NCAAs.
Josa’s Lifetime Bests (Short Course Yards)
- 100 fly – 44.89
- 200 fly – 1:42.96
- 200 IM – 1:41.94
- 200 free – 1:34.21
- 100 free – 42.75
- 50 free – 19.87