Devon Nowicki Forwent his Final Year of College Eligibility to go Pro (Video)


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After racing in Bloomington this weekend, National Team member Devon Nowicki spoke with SwimSwam to clarify his status in swimming. Nowicki, who seemingly came out of nowhere last summer to claim 3rd in the 100 breast (59.48) and 2nd in the 50 breast (27.12) at the 2018 National Championships, had previously competed for and been enrolled at Oakland University. After his first year at Oakland, however, Nowicki had struggled with motivation and become academically ineligible the 2nd semester of both his sophomore (2016-2017) and junior (2017-2018) years.

After having the success that he did last summer with his club team, Michigan Lakeshore Aquatics (MLA), Nowicki, along with his coach and parents, decided it was the best decision for him to forego his final year of college eligibility and solely focus on swimming. Nowicki also stopped taking classes this year, so while he was initially on the 2019 World University Games roster following summer nationals, he made USA Swimming aware that he wasn’t actually eligible for that team.

Another example of a swimmer following their own path, it seems to be paying off for Nowicki in the pool. He was happy with his performances this weekend in Bloomington, which included 9th in the 100 breast (1:02.09) and 6th in the 50 breast (28.07).

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And third year. And second year.


Majoring in staying ineligible.


Good swimmer, good kid, college just wasn’t right for him. I think it is very realistic to say he has a great shot at making it to Tokyo next summer


59.4 is no joke. Might as well go all in for 2020!


Great Interview! Go Devon! Given his huge swims at Summer Nationals last year, and continued stellar training at MLA, with the same great coach, and some new training partners, I wouldn’t be surprised to see another big time drop this summer. Maybe a 58.9 is in the cards for Devon in the 100 breaststroke at Summer Nats?





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