18.92, 41.25 NCAA Division II Freestyler Karol Ostrowski Enters Transfer Portal

Drury sophomore Karol Ostrowski, one of the best swimmers in NCAA Division II history, entered the NCAA transfer portal on Monday. Archive photo via Ed Beach, DU Media Relations

NCAA Division II swimming star Karol Ostrowski from Drury has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Last season, at the NCAA Division II National Championship meet, Ostrowski became the first college swimmer from outside of Division I to go under 19 seconds in the 50 yard freestyle.

He swam 18.92 leading off Drury’s 200 free relay, the fastest time in D2 history, and won the 50 free (19.12), 100 free (41.25), and 200 free (1:33.29) at that meet as well.

Best Times in Yards:

50 free – 18.92
100 free – 41.25
200 free – 1:33.29
100 back – 46.55
100 fly – 48.09

Ostrowski’s 50 free time ranked him 7th among collegiate swimmers of all divisions last season.

Ryan Hoffer, Cal – 18.33 (graduated)
Bjorn Seeliger, Cal – 18.71
Adam Chaney, Florida – 18.76
(TIE) Dillon Downing, Georgia/Matt Brownstead, Virginia – 18.88

Eric Friese, Florida – 18.90
Karol Ostrowski, Drury – 18.92
Youssef Ramadan, Virginia Tech – 18.95
Matt King, Alabama – 18.96
Brooks Curry, LSU – 18.97

His time of 41.25 also ranked him as the #2 collegiate swimmer in the country in the 100 free, behind only Cal’s Ryan Hoffer. That makes Ostrowski the fastest-returning 100 freestyler in collegiate swimming this season, and that swim is also an NCAA DII record.

And that was as just a freshman.

Ostrowski is from Strachoci, Poland and represented his country as the leadoff leg of the 400 free relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. He split 48.67 and the team finished 11th in a new National Record.

Last year was his first year of college swimming. While Drury lists him as a sophomore this season, Division II and Division I have different eligibility rules – so if he winds up in Division I, at 22 years old, there’s no guarantee that he would get 4 more years (including the COVID-19 waiver year) of eligibility.

He’s the second 18-point freestyler to change teams in the last 6 months – Alabama’s 2020-2021 freshman Matt King transferred to Virginia.

This is also part of an exodus of Division II talent. McKendree’s Fabio Dalu, who was the NCAA D2 Swimmer of the Year last season ahead of Ostrowski, transferred to Ohio State; and UIndy’s Landon Driggers, who was the 400 IM runner-up at NCAAs as a freshman, is also in the transfer portal.

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