LION CAREER 2012-13: Competed three events throughout the season, including the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly ... Won the 50 freestyle race at the OSU Invite (2/9-2/10/13), finishing with a time of 20.77, the best mark of his career ... Set a personal record in the 100 freestyle at the OSU Invite with a mark of 45.63 ... Competed in the 100 butterfly at the OSU Invite for the only time during the season, finishing in 53.03 in the event.
2011-12: Participated in three events at the Big Ten Championships (2/22-2/25/13), recording season-best times in the 50 freestyle with a time of 21.03, the 100 freestyle, finishing in 46.18 and the 100 butterfly, touching the wall in 53.07 ... Competed in nine events, seeing the most action in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle.
Coached by Kevin Blackwell in high school and for club team Pine Bush Elite ... Three-time All-American ... Named New York Swimmer of the Meet during the 2011 state championships ... Set more than 40 records between high school, section and states during career ... Three-time state champion in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle and 200 medley ... Two-time state record holder in the 100 free and 200 medley relay ... Member of undefeated league, county and sectional champion team for last three years of high school ... Member of medley relay that won states in 2010, setting a state record ... Earned four letters.
Lawrence James Virgilio was born February 26, 1993 in Rhinebeck, N.Y. to Tom and Anne Virgilio ... Has four siblings: Nick, Mike, Lorraine and Rose ... Rose swam for Seton Hall ... An honor graduate of law and leadership academy ... Majoring in criminiology.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
"I signed with Penn State to further my swimming skills and qualify for NCAAs with an amazing team and coaching family."