Karolina Smylek
Karolina Smylek
Year: Fr.
Hometown: Lublin, Poland

Freshman (2018-19): Participated in eight meets for the Fighting Knights, including the NCAA Division II National Championship…earned First Team All-America honors in the 200 backstroke…garnered CSCAA Scholar All-America recognition…named the All-Sunshine State Conference second team, becoming just the third freshman to collect all-conference accolades in program history…won three medals (two individual and one relay) at the SSC Championships…set three program records (50, 100 and 200 backstroke) during the year…made her debut at the NSU Shark Invitational (10/5-6) where she took first place in the 200 back with a time of 2:07.21 and placed second in the 100 back (58.36) while also competing in the 100 fly (1:00.19) and 200 individual medley (2:13.54)…finished first place 11 times throughout the year…won silver medals in the 100 (55.48) and 200 (2:00.94) backstroke at the SSC Championship (2/21-24) and raced in ‘B’ finals for the 100 butterfly (56.55) and 200 individual medley (2:06.69)…her 100 backstroke was an NCAA ‘B’ cut time and a program record…swam the backstroke on the 400 medley relay team that captured bronze at the SSC Championship and became the first relay to qualify for the NCAA Championship…swam a 200 back program-record time of 1:59.04 in the prelims of the NCAA Championship before placing eighth in the finals with a time of 2:00.46…also swam a 55.76 to finish 19th in prelims of the 100 back… earned SSC Commissioner Honor Roll recognition for earning a 3.2 grade point average or better.

High School: Attended X Liceum Ogolnoksztalcac.

Personal: Born January 9, 2000…daughter of Anna and Marcin Smylek…has one sibling; Mikolaj