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Nittany Lions place seventh
Ryan smashes Big Ten and Penn State records; Garcia sets school record in 3-meter dive
Thirteen Nittany Lions competed for a place on Team USA
Grillo receives Sportsmanship Award
|100 Breast||53.41||2/24/17||Big Ten Championships|
|200 Breast||1:56.28||2/25/17||Big Ten Championships|
|50 Free||21.64||2/25/16||Big Ten Championships|
2016-17 (Sophomore Year)
Swam in eight meets, including the Big Ten Championships, primarily in the breaststroke events … Set a school record and achieved and NCAA B-cut time in the 200 breast (1:56.28) at the Big Ten Championships to win the C-Final … Reached the A-final of the 100 breaststroke at Big Tens with a personal-best time of 53.41 in the preliminaries and then placed eighth in the finals (54.38) … Led the team in both events for the season … Swam a season best in the 50 free (22.11) in the Ohio State Invitational (11/20).
2015-16 (Freshman Year)
Swam in eight meets, primarily in the breaststroke … Posted season-bests in three different events at the Big Ten Championships … Swam the third-fastest time in Penn State history in the 200 breaststroke, touching in a NCAA B-standard time of 1:57.92 … Also swam season-bests in the 100 breast in 55.57 and the 50 free in 21.64 ... Won the 200 breast at Yale (1/16) in 2:06.36 and against Villanova (2/6) in 2:05.37. Competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in the 100m breast (1:04.48) and 200m breast (2:19.10).
Swam at Huntington High School for head coach Gil Smith … Four-time All-American … Three-time state champion … Six-year letterwinner and team MVP … Two-year team captain … Competed in Junior Nationals, AT&T Winter Nationals and Arizona Grand Prix-Mesa
Born January 4, 1997 in New York City … Parents are Geoffrey and Margeurite Cassell … Father, Geoffrey, swam for North Carolina and mother, Margeurite, helped start the Marist swim team … Has two siblings, Sigrid and Gretel ... Majoring in recreation, park, and tourism management.
Why Penn State?
“I chose Penn State because it is a prestigious university in both athletics and academics. I wanted to be a part of and contribute to such a well-respected school. The camaraderie of the team is incredible and the experience of being on a team like this is something to be proud of. The coaches are great, they know what they're doing, and they're just a huge help all around. That’s why I chose Penn State.”