Columbia Scores Verbal Commitment From Backstroker Kasey Karkoska

Photo Courtesy: Kasey Karkoska (Instagram) (@kasey_karkoska)

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NEW COMMIT: Irvine Novaquatics’ Kasey Karkoska has given her verbal commitment to Columbia University. Karkoska is a versatile swimmer, though strongest in the backstroke events. She’s a NISCA All-American at Laguna Beach High School. At last spring’s CIF Southern Section Division 2 Championships Karkoska was a finalist in both the 100 fly and 100 back.

Her best times are:

  • 200 Back 1:58.28
  • 100 Back 55.39
  • 50 Back 26.81
  • 100 Fly 55.72
  • 200 IM 2:04.37
  • 50 Free 23.78
  • 100 Free 51.72

She joins a Columbia Class of 2022 that now includes Mary PrudenCleopatra LimYanran Le and Madison Leblanc. 

At last year’s Ivy League Championships Karkoska would have been a 200 backstroke A finalist and the Lions’ top finisher in the event. Freshman Julia Samson (1:58.42) finished second in the B final and will be a great training partner for Karkoska for two years. She’d also be a 100 back B finalist. Samson was the Lions’ top finisher, swimming in that B heat as well. Karkoska would also be a 100 fly and 200 IM C finalist.

In her announcement made on Instagram, Karkoska wrote,

“beyond excited to announce my commitment to swim at Columbia University in New York City! I cannot thank everyone enough for helping me get here!! Go lions!! #columbia2022”

Karkoska’s Irvine teammates Hunter HitchensIsabelle OdgersJulia WrightHenry Wu and Lauren Vitort have also made verbal commitments to college programs.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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