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Chris Cipolla
Chris Cipolla

Class:
Graduated

Hometown:
South River, N.J.

High School:
St. Mary Regional Catholic

Event:
Breaststroke


LION CAREER

2012-13: Raced in six different events over the course of the season, including the 1,650 freestyle, 400 IM and 200 breaststroke at the Big Ten Championships (2/27-3/2/13) ... Recorded a team-best time in the 400 IM, finishing in 3:53.38 at the Big Ten Championships and the 200 breaststroke with a mark of 2:00.84 at the Big Tens ... The time of 3:53:38 in the 400 IM hit the NCAA "B" qualifying standard ... Posted the best time of his career in the 1,650 freestyle at the Georgia Invite (11/30-12/2/12) with a time of 15:38.00, the second fastest time on the team ... Won the 200 breaststroke events vs. Missouri State (1/12/13), Towson (2/2/13) and West Virginia (10/19/12).

2011-12: Qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in both the 200 breaststroke and the 400 IM in the summer of 2012 ... Competed in three events in the 2012 Big Ten Championships (2/22-2/25/12), including a 12th-place finish in the "B" Final in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 1:59.74, fourth all-time in Penn State history ... Set a personal record in the 200 breaststroke, as well as in the 400 IM with a time of 3:51.57 for a 14th place finish in the "B" Final at the Big Tens ... Led a Nittany Lion sweep of the 400 IM against West Virginia (10/22/11) with a time of 4:04.44 and again in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:06.19 ... Won the 200 breaststroke against Georgia Tech (11/5/11) with a time of 2:05.11 ... Recorded a season-best mark of 58.00 in the 100 breaststroke at OSU (12/2-12/4/11), as well as a season best in the 200 IM with a time of 1:53.27 ... Finished the 200 breaststroke in 2:02.88 to capture a second place finish against Navy (1/14/12) ... Rounded out the regular season with a first place finish in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:05.14 against Lehigh (2/4/12).

2010-11: Competed in eight events as a freshman, seeing the most action in the 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke and the 400 individual medley ... Swam 2:08.01 for a third place finish at West Virginia (10/16/10) ... Notched a season-best time of 58.82 at the Georgia Invitational (12/3-12/5/10), finishing in 20th place ... Also posted a career-best in the 200 breaststroke at the Georgia Invitational, swimming a time of 2:04.24 ... Earned a third place finish in the 400 IM at West Virginia ... Had season-best time of 3:59.52 in the 400 IM at the Georgia Invitational.

HIGH SCHOOL
Swam for the Scarlet Athletic Club under the direction of Tom Speedling ... Qualified for Junior Nationals three times ... Four-time Secional Championship finalist in 2009 in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and 1,000 and 1,650 freestyle events ... Two-time Sectional Championship finalist in the 100 and 200 breaststroke.

PERSONAL
Chris Patrick Cipolla was born December 2, 1991 in Chicago, Ill. to Ann and Robert Cipolla ... Majoring in nutrition.

ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because of the strong bond that the swim team shares, the amazing amount of school spirit, and the outstanding level of education."

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