Drury swimmer Karol Ostrowski competes in Tokyo Olympics

SPRINGFIELD, Mo.— Drury University men’s swimmer Karol Ostrowski competed Sunday in the Tokyo Summer Olympic Games representing Poland in the 4 x 100-meter Freestyle Relay.
Ostrowski, who was a freshman for the Panthers last season, swam the opening leg for Poland as the team finished sixth in their heat and 11th overall with a time of 3:13.88. Ostrowski posted a time of 48.67 in his portion of the relay as his team finished just 0.75 seconds short of advancing to the event’s finals on Monday.
Italy advanced to the finals with the best time posted in the two heats at 3:10.29, while the United States was second (3:11.33), and Australia was third (3:11.89).
Ostrowski won five NCAA-II titles for the Panthers last spring, including a national championship in the 100-yard Freestyle, and he helped Drury to a national runner-up finish at the NCAA-II meet in Birmingham, Alabama.
The Strachochin, Poland, native was the Great Lakes Valley Conference Freshman of the Year, and Freshman/Newcomer of the Year for Drury Athletics in 2021. He tied for first in the 100-meter Freestyle at the Polish national championships with a time of 48.72, helping him earn a spot on the national team.
Early last season, Ostrowski set an NCAA-II record in the 50 Free with a time of 19.09, a mark that was ranked in the top three in all of collegiate swimming for most of 2020-21.
Ostrowski’s appearance marks the second-straight Olympic games that Drury has had a swimmer compete on the world stage. In 2016, Drury women’s swimmer Katya Rudenko competed for Kazakhstan in the 100 Backstroke at the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
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