Friday's meet with the Mountaineers will be Tim Murphy's first competition as head coach of the Lions.
2012 & 2013 ALL-AMERICAN (200 Medley Relay, 400 Medley Relay, 100 Backstroke) 2012 BIG TEN FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR 2012 ALL-BIG TEN SECOND TEAM
LION CAREER 2012-13: Honored as a two-time All-American and two-time All-American honorable mention for his performances at the NCAA National Championships (3/28-3/30/13) ... Member of the 200 medley relay team that finished sixth at the NCAA Championships with a time of 1:25.52 ... Part of the 400 medley relay that placed eighth at the NCAA Championships with a mark of 3:08.42 ... Finished 14th at the NCAA Championships in the 100 backstroke with a time of 46.78 ... Placed 16th at the NCAA Championships in the 200 backstroke with a mark of 1:42.79 ... Member of the 200 medley relay that broke the Penn State record at the Big Ten Championships (2/27-3/2/13) with a time of 1:25.38 ... Recorded a Penn State season-best time of 1:40.69 in the 200 backstroke at the Big Ten Championships, placing third in the event and reaching the NCAA "A" qualifying standard for the race ... The time of 1:40.69 in the 200 backstroke was the second-fastest time swam in school history, shaving nearly two seconds off his personal best mark from the 2012-13 season ... Raced to a fifth place finish in the 100 backstroke at the Big Ten Championships with a time of 46.51 ... Swam the second-best time in Penn State history in the 100 backstroke with a mark of 46.36 in the first leg of the 400 medley relay at the NCAA Championships ... Holder of Penn State's best time of the season in the 200 IM with a time of 1:47.02 ... Winner in five individual races throughout his sophomore campaign, recording three victories in the 200 backstroke vs. West Virginia (10/19/12), vs. Missouri State (1/12/13) and Navy (1/26/13), a victor in the 200 freestyle vs. Towson (2/2/13) and one in the 400 IM vs. West Virginia ... Recipient of the Weinstein Coaches Award, and Lou MacNeil Award ... Earned a number of academic achievements, as he was honored with the Big Ten Distinguished Scholar Award, named a CSCAA Academic All-American and garnered Academic All-Big Ten recognition.
2011-12: Earned NCAA All-American honors in the 200 medley relay, 400 medley relay and 100 backstroke, becoming the first Nittany Lion to earn three All-American awards in a single championship season ... First All-American since Pat Schirk won the 200 backstroke in 2008 ... Earned Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors en route to All-Big Ten second team ... Swam second-fastest 100 and 200 backstroke times at PSU, finishing in 46.60 and 1:42.46, respectively at Big Tens (2/22-2/25/12) ... Notched 1:46.46 time in the 200 IM, second fastest for Penn State at Big Tens ... Swam a personal best 3:54.56 in the 400 IM at the OSU Invitational (12/2-12/4/13) ... Led off the 200 and 400 medley relay teams that posted school records of 1:25.61 and 3:07.62, respectively ... The 200 medley relay record came at Big Tens, while the 400 medley relay record was set at NCAA Championships ... Earned first Big Ten Freshman of the Week award (2/7/12) for winning four events against Buffalo and Lehigh.
Earned All-America, All-State, All-Conference, All-District and All-League honors in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 200 IM, 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay ... Three-time PIAA gold medalist and a two-time silver medalist ... Member of the 2008 PIAA State Champions at Wilson ... Member of the state record-holding 400 freestyle relay ... Holds Wilson records for 200 IM, 100 freestyle, 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay ... Captained team in 2009-10 ... Named USA Swimming All-American as well as All-State, All-Conference and All-District in 100 backstroke, 200 IM, 400 freestyle relay and 200 medley relay during the 2009-10 season.
Nathaniel Ryan Savoy was born February 22, 1993 in Reading, Pa. to Joan and Rich Savoy ... Has two brothers, Matthew and Danny ... Majoring in engineering.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE
"I chose Penn State because I really connected with the team and coaches. I have dreamed about going to Penn State since I was little and my dad took us to football games. Also, the engineering program cannot be matched."