Egyptian National Teamer Marwan El Kamash to Transfer to Indiana University

Photo Courtesy: Swimming World

Marwan El Kamash, a three-year swimmer at the University of South Carolina and Egyptian national teamer, has decided to transfer to Indiana University.

“I have been studying in the U.S. for three years at the University of South Carolina,” El Kamash told Swimming World. “My recent results have made me think about other options, and I, therefore, planned on giving swimming a little more focus. I decided to move to South Africa to train under coach Graham Hill and his squad. I have also decided to transfer and finish my senior year at Indiana University , be able to join their strong middle distance squad.”

El Kamash earned his Olympic cut for Egypt in the 200 free (1:47.73) and 400 free (3:48.51).  He clocked the 200 free at the 2015 Arena Pro Swim Series in Charlotte, and then turned in the 400 free time at the 2015 World Championships in Kazan.

El Kamash spoke with Swimming World following his 200 free in Charlotte last year.

Here is El Kamash’s 200 free Olympics cut from Charlotte thanks to USA Swimming.

El Kamash also has a 50.63 in the 100-meter free and a 7:59.54 in the 800-meter free on his resume.

El Kamash has the potential to be an impact swimmer for the Indiana distance group.  He has a 1:34.70 in the 200-yard free, a 4:17.41 in the 500-yard free and a 15:13.34 in the 1650-yard free.  Last year, he helped the Gamecock 800-yard freestyle relay to 11th place in the 2015 NCAA Championships and has been on South Carolina’s All-American 800 free relay each of his three years with the team.

El Kamash’s brother, Youssef, also swims collegiately at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz.


  1. avatar
    Doesn't matter

    This athlete was dismissed from the University of South Carolina for academic dishonesty.

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      sherif habib

      why were they begging Marwan to come back then ?
      and please don’t get me started on the team’s history with dishonourable behaviour specially when it comes to recruiting weekends and more.

  2. avatar

    A really good swimmer, will add a lot to the university!

  3. avatar
    Adam Pope

    Very good choice for an amazing swimmer. I hope to see him on the podium next year at NCAA’s.

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    Outstanding swimmer, in fact, his two other brothers swim for GrandCanyon University and already made NCAA 2016. Great family.

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    Looking forward to see what he can do at the Olympics! Looks like the Egyptian swimmers are in good hands now 🙂

  6. avatar

    Good move, but he should have transferred his sophomore year. Indiana has one the best mid- distance and distance program in the country.
    Good luck!

  7. avatar
    Mark k.

    Just watched the videos. His technique is amazing! I’m sure he will be a great addition to IU and he has the ability to be one of the top swimmers in the country as we saw Zane Grothe who is graduate from Auburn university and currently swimming with the IU post-grad. Zane won 2015 summer nats with time of 3:45 in the 400 free. Good luck!

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    Good for him. I know that SouthCarolina failed in qualifying to NCAA in all the relays this year and their sprint group is not good as their distance group.

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      Yeah they do not have a good a sprint group at all, but their distance coach Mark bernandino is well known coach and anyone can tell from the results that he is very experienced. However Ray looze can still help Marwan to accomplish his goals. IU is a stud swimming program im every area!

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      The 800 free relay will be participating in NCAA’s once again this year

  9. Ronald Hehn

    Best school in the country

  10. avatar
    Sherif Habib

    This is sherif habib the head coach of the Egyptian swimming federation and I want to make things clear, there’s someone who commented and put my name and wrote bad things about the university of South Carolina, so I want to clarify that I did not say that and that was not me. It is a someone else that is trying to give people a bad image of the university of South Carolina. South Carolina has a great staff and they all working hard to try to make their program better and better everyday, and you can see that from their recent results at the SECs championships.

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      You can’t prove who you are!! It’s anonymous 😉

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      This is obviously not sherif because the head coach of the Egyptian federation literally can’t speak English.