Molly Kowal

FR/IM

Player profile

  • Hometown Merchantville, N.J.
  • Last School Nazareth Academy
  • Year Senior

Career Honors | Bests
• CSCAA First Team All-American (1650 Free- 18, 19)
• Second Team All-Big Ten (19)
• 2016 Olympic Trials qualifier
• Academic All-Big Ten (18, 19)
• Ohio State Scholar Athlete (17, 18, 19)
• CSCAA First Team Scholar All-American (18)

School Records
• 1000 Free – 9:34.72 (2019)
• 1650 Free – 15:44.61 (2019)

As A Junior (2018-19)
• National runner-up in the 1650 Free with a school-record time of 15:44.61 at the NCAA Championships; also competed in the 500 Free and 400 IM.
• Claimed silver in the 1650 Free at the Big Ten Championships, clocking in at 15:49.53; finished fifth in the 500 Free with a personal-best of 4:39.48, also the No. 2 time in school history; placed fifth in the 400 IM with a career-best of 4:09.00.
• Won the 1000 Free (9:49.78) and finished second in the 500 Free (4:50.68) vs. Michigan.
• Took first in the 1650 Free with a time of 16:15.88 against Kentucky and Florida.
• Finished fourth in the 1000 Free (9:53.81) and in the 1650 Free (16:14.28) at the Ohio State Invitational.
• Represented Ohio State at the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, placing sixth in both the 500 Free (4:45.36) and the 1000 Free (9:46.59).
• Earned a win in the 500 Free with a time of 4:52.25 and in the 1000 Free with a time of 10:08.34 vs. Texas A&M.
• Opened the season with a win in the 500 Free, clocking in at 4:54.49 against Alabama.
• No. 1 on the team in the 500 Free, 1000 Free and 1650 Free; No. 4 in the 400 IM.

As A Sophomore (2017-18)
• NCAA Qualifier in the 500, 1000 and 1650 Free.
• Claimed seventh in the 1650 Free with a career-best time of 15:52.80, earning First Team All-America honors.
• Took bronze in the 1650 Free at the Big Ten Championships, clocking in at 15:53.11; also finished sixth in the 400 IM (4:10.28) and seventh in the 500 Free (4:40.21).
• Was the top distance swimmer on the team with the leading times in the 500, 1000 and 1650 Free.
• Won events at four different meets throughout the season.

As A Freshman (2016-17)
• Qualified for NCAA Championships as a freshman and swam in three events: 400 IM, 500 freestyle, and 1650 freestyle.
• Had a great first trip to Big Ten Championships, swimming in the same three events and earning two Top 10 finishes: she finished sixth in the 1650 free and tenth in the 400 IM.
• Her Ohio State debut came in the FGCU Invitational, where she swam in the 200 breaststroke and 200 IM.
• Primarily swam distance freestyle events but also competed regularly in breaststroke and IM events as well.

Prior to Ohio State
• Four-year letterwinner at Nazareth Academy.
• All-District honoree all four years of high school and two-time All-State.
• Member of the Jersey Wahoos swim club for 12 years, winning Most Outstanding Swimmer four times and National Swimmer of the Year three times.
• Olympic Trials qualifier in the 400 IM, which she lists as her greatest sports thrill.

Personal
• Sister, Grace, is also a member of the team.
• Majoring in accounting.