Summer 2008: Patrick has another fantastic summer placing third in the 200 backstroke at the U.S. Open and eighth in both the 100 and 100 back at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
2007-08: Patrick made Penn State history as he became the first swimmer ever to win an individual national championship. The backstroke specialist swam the 200 in 1:41.02 in the prelims and took half a second off in the finals as he touched the wall to claim the crown. He also placed eighth in the 100 back to become a two-time All-American. On his way to the title, Patrick posted another record breaking year with the Nittany Lions. He posted four first place finishes in the 100 back and five in the 200. All of his relay teams finished eighth place or better. In addition, Patrick was a second team All-Big Ten Performer.
Summer 2007: Pat had probably the busiest summer of any member of the men's swimming team, competing three events in the U.S. and one international meet. First, he placed second in the 200 backstroke and fifth in the 100 back and was also on the sixth place 400 free relay team at the Charlotte Ultraswim. Then, he won the title in the 200 back and also on a pair of first place relays teams - the 400 medley and 800 free - at the Mid-Atlantic Senior Championships. At U.S. Nationals, he finished fifth in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes at U.S. Nationals, which included swimming the fastest time in the prelims in the 200 back. He then wrapped up the summer by swimming at the Japan International Grand Prix in Chiba, Japan, where he finished fourth in the 200 back, the top American finisher in that event at that meet.
2006-07: The only Penn State swimmer to qualify for NCAA's automatically, Pat swam NCAA `A' times in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes at Big Ten's, breaking the school records in both events in the process. He also swam NCAA `B' times as part of both medley relay teams. He was named to the All-Big Ten second team after finishing fifth in the 100 back and second in the 200 back at Big Ten's. He also was on the 400 medley relay team that set a new school record in finishing fifth at Big Ten's and the 200 medley relay team that also finished fifth. He swam in both backstrokes and the 400 medley relay at NCAAs, finishing 18th in the 200 back. On the year, he finished in the top five in every race he swam in both the 100 and 200 backstrokes except for at NCAAs. He had six individual first place finishes and two first places in relays and also had six total second place finishes and five total third places.
2005-06: Pat was primarily a backstroke specialist but also swam quite a bit in the 100 and 200 freestyle events as well as the 200 IM. He finished seventh in the 200 backstroke and ninth in the 100 backstroke and was on the eighth place 800 freestyle relay team at the Big Ten Championships. He swam his best times of the year in the 100 backstroke and the 200 IM at Big Ten's. During the season, he won five individual events.
High School: Schirk won the 2005 Pennsylvania state title in the 100 backstroke with a time of 48.96. The title-winning mark is an all-time Pennsylvania record. He was also the runner-up in the 200 IM that year. At senior nationals in 2002, he was seventh in the 200 back and 19th in the 100 back. A year later, he was 20th in the 200 back and in 2004 he was 16th as well as placing 15th in the 100 back..
Personal: Schirk enjoys playing Halo 2 and photography. He is the son of Eric and Lori Schirk and has one sister, Elizabeth. Schirk will be majoring in finance at Penn State.
Why I Chose Penn State: "I came to Penn State because of the strong family bond the team has and the excellent coaching staff."