European Juniors Finalist Kacper Piotrowski of Poland Verbals to Alabama

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Polish sprinter Kacper Piotrowski has verbally committed to the University of Alabama for next year.

I’m truly happy to announce my verbal commitment to University of Alabama! I think new program can help my swimming future. Thank you to everybody who helped me, coaches, my family and friends! Can’t wait for new chapter in my life, Roll Tide!


LCM/SCM (SCY converted)

  • 50 free – 23.05 / 22.25 (20.04)
  • 100 free – 50.65 / 48.38 (43.58)
  • 200 free – 1:51.55 / 1:46.21 (1:35.68)

Relay splits

  • 50 free relay split (21.36 SCM)
  • 100 free relay split (47.33 SCM / 49.63 LCM)

Piotrowski has represented Poland several times internationally, including the 2017 European Youth Festival, the 2018 European Junior Championships and the 2019 European Junior Championships. At the 2019 Euro Juniors, Piotrowski had his 49.63 split on Poland‘s 4×100 free relay, which helped them to a fourth-place finish.

With his converted times, Piotrowski looks like he’ll be an impact player for Alabama, a program headed by Coley Stickels, a coach known for developing sprinters. He would’ve been in C finals of the 100 free and 200 free at SECs last year with those converted times.

Alabama finished seventh at the 2019 NCAA Championships, but at SECs last year, they were second-to-last in the 800 free relay, where Piotrowski may help out on immediately. It was a different story in the sprint relays, where Bama won SEC titles in three of four (they were second in the 400 medley relay). They’d go on to win the NCAA title in the 200 medley relay the next month.

The Crimson Tide still lost top sprinters Robert Howard, Laurent Bams, and Knox Auerbach to graduation after last season, and they’re in rebuilding mode now as they’re set to graduate sprinter Zane Waddell after this season.

Piotrowski joins #17 Matt King, Blake PeeplesEric Stelmar, Bernardo Bondra, Christopher O’Connor and Trey Sheils in Alabama’s strong incoming class.

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2 years ago

Great pick up by Coley and the Tide!

2 years ago

He has led off in 21.4 and 47.8 scm (19.41 and 43.33 converted) according to collegeswimming.

2 years ago

He swam 21.3 and 47.3 scm this December in relays

Lane 8
2 years ago

Congratulations and great choice! Bama is seriously rebuilding, and they’ll be really good at 2021 NC’s!

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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