German Sprinter Rafael Miroslaw, European Jr Champ, Chooses Indiana for 2021

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German sprinter Rafael Miroslaw has announced his verbal commitment to Indiana University. He’ll be part of their class of 2025.


  • 50 free – 23.19 / 20.17
  • 100 free – 49.54 / 43.18
  • 200 free – 1:48.69 / 1:35.03
  • 400 free – 3:57.87 / 4:26.52
  • 100 fly – 55.77 / 48.98

Miroslaw has competed at the senior international level, joining Germany’s 4×200 free relay at the 2019 World Championships. There, he swam the second leg in prelims and finals, and Germany finished eighth overall. His best split was a 1:46.89 from prelims, which converts to 1:33.41 in yards.

At the 2019 European Junior Championships, Miroslaw led off the German team’s mixed 4×100 free relay in 49.54, helping them to the gold medal and meet record. He was the boys’ 4×200 free relay anchor (1:49.05) as they won the silver medal. He was also 49.93 to take third in the 100 free prelims, but he didn’t swim after semifinals.

Miroslaw is a great sprint pickup for the Hoosiers, and while he doesn’t quite have drop-dead sprint speed right now, his 100/200 combo is very impressive. With his converted times, he would’ve been a 2020 B1G A-finalist in the 200 free and a B-finalist in the 100 free.

Indiana will lose sprinter Bruno Blaskovic, the 2020 B1G champion in the 50 free and 100 free and runner-up in the 100 fly, after next season. Then, Miroslaw will have a season of overlap with Jack Franzman and two seasons with Brendan Burns.

Miroslaw will join Sean Swift, Mason Carlton, Lucas Piunti, #3 Joshua Matheny, #15 Luke Barr and HM Jackson Carlile in the class of 2025.

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Texas Tap Water
2 years ago

Cody Miller vlogging did wonder for Indiana swimming

2 years ago

Bethel de-commit from IU.

Heard another 2021 also de-commit from IU. Maybe something to do with skinner’s departure?

Reply to  Swimfan
2 years ago

Might be something to do with how early recruiting is, not fair to anyone being so early. Kids don’t know what they want being 16 yrs old.

2 years ago

Go Rafael!

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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