Dutch Sprinter Nyls Korstanje Sends Verbal Commitment to NC State

Dutch sprint free and fly specialist Nyls Korstanje has verbally committed to swim for North Carolina State University next fall, joining verbal commits Curtis Wiltsey, John Healy, Nate Mullens, Rafal Kusto, and Zach Brown in the class of 2022.

“It is a great honor to become a part of the Wolfpack family. I am looking forward to this amazing adventure, go pack!”

Photo courtesy of Nyls Korstanje

Korstanje currently lives in Eindhoven where he trains with the Dutch National Team under Marcel Wouda, who broke the 400 IM world record in 1997 and became world champion in the 200 IM in 1998; Wouda is also the coach of Dutch Olympic Champions Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Ferry Weertman and Femke Heemskerk.

Korstanje is from Nijmegen, Netherlands, where he swims for the club team Aqua Novio ’94. He lived in North Reading, Massachusetts, from ages 6 to 9, where he learned to swim at the Thomson Country Club. He trained at the Burbank YMCA in Reading and in 2008 became New England Champion in the 8-and-under 25 free and 25 back.

Korstanje represented Netherlands at the 13th FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) 2016 in Windsor, Canada, where he won a silver medal in the SCM 4×50 mixed freestyle relay with a 21.15 split. He also clocked a 47.59 in the SCM 100 free, swimming in the individual event.

In 2015 at the EYOF (European Youth Olympic Festival), Korstanje won gold in the 50 free and silver in the 100 free. He finished fourth in the LCM 50 free (22.49), 100 free (49.57), and 50 fly (23.96) at the 2017 European Junior Swimming Championships in Netanya, Israel.

Best SCM times (converted to SCY):

  • 50 free – 21.59 (19.45)
  • 100 free – 47.59 (42.87)
  • 200 free – 1.46.35 (1:35.81)
  • 100 fly – 52.21 (47.03)
  • 100 IM – 54.51
  • 50 free split – 21.15 (19.05)

Best LCM times (converted to SCY):

  • 50 free – 22.49 (19.54)
  • 100 free – 49.57 (43.21)
  • 50 fly – 23.96 (20.95)
  • 100 fly – 53.98 (47.36)

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5 years ago

Huge pickup

5 years ago

Guntoro is bringing in a serious international squad to Raleigh

Swimmer A
5 years ago

Dang, he’s fast

5 years ago


5 years ago

Good sprint recruit to help replace Held this coming year. Will join Molacek, Izzo, and Ress in the sprint relays, most likely, with Franzman choosing to go elsewhere. Great pick-up for fly events as well!

Sir Swimsalot
5 years ago

Great swimmer, still not enough to beat Texas. #hookem

Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
5 years ago

No, but he may help them get into the top 3 in a post- Dressel Florida.

Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
5 years ago

Typical Texas fan. Unnecessarily bashing on other programs and athletes. Just another example of how they lack class and sportsmanship.

Reply to  #STATEment
5 years ago

Funny coming from a NC State fan. Ya’ll can be really annoying

Reply to  Sir Swimsalot
5 years ago

Texas lost year in the dual with NC State Texas will lose this year in Raleigh

Reply to  swimmer
5 years ago

They’re end goal has always been NCAA’s. They barely rest, if at all, for duel meets. What place did NC State get again at in March? Oh that’s right, not 1st like the Longhorns.

Reply to  Dan
5 years ago

Wow Dan please be more passive aggressive there. So unnecessary. Really playing into the stereotype right there. Have some class please.

Reply to  Dan
5 years ago

Classic Longhorn

5 years ago

Solid recovery after losing Franzman. Post Held era looking strong for State!

5 years ago

Wow nice pick for the PACK

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