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Gunther Cassell
Gunther  Cassell


Huntington, N.Y.

High School:


Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management


Lions Conclude MS&D B1G Championships

Nittany Lions place eighth


Eight Reach Friday Big Ten Finals

Nittany Lions swim 14 best times


Ryan Claims Silver, Two School Records Fall B1G Finale

Nittany Lions place seventh


Ryan Claims B1G Gold in 100 Back

Ryan smashes Big Ten and Penn State records; Garcia sets school record in 3-meter dive


Swimmers Complete U.S. Olympic Trials

Thirteen Nittany Lions competed for a place on Team USA


Event Time Date Competition
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).

High School
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.”


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