Jan. 14, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Joining the Penn State men’s swimming and diving team in 2013-14, head coach John Hargis welcome’s three new members to the Nittany Lion program. Hargis and the Penn State coaching staff announced the additions of Bob Bantley (Maple Glen, Pa.), Andy Schuehler (Collingswood, N.J.) and Matt Stasiunas (Avondale, Pa.) during the early signing period.
"The incoming class as a whole is not a big class," said Hargis. "We only lose two seniors, so there were not a lot of definite needs just in terms of what you’re losing. There are always places to grow and I think we covered those with the kids coming in. It’s a very talented class and the help that they’re going to bring immediately is going to be pretty phenomenal, and we’re looking forward to getting them on campus.
Hometown: Maple Glen, Pa.
High School: Upper Dublin
Coach: Geoff Scheuer
Honors & Highlights: Serves as captain of the Cardinals in his senior campaign during the 2012-13 season…Team MVP during junior year in 2011-12…Named All-Suburban One First Team, All-District One First Team and earned All-State honors…Holds high school and pool records in four events at Upper Dublin.
Personal: Born Robert David Bantley on March 30, 1995 in Hershey, Pa. to David and Elizabeth Bantley…Father, David, attended Brown University and mother, Elizabeth, attended the University of Delaware…Has one brother, Tom (16)…Currently undecided on a major.
Bantley on Penn State: “I chose Penn State for its excellence in academics, as well as athletics. With a superior coaching staff and a great team atmosphere, it can’t be beat.”
Hargis on Bantley: “We’re excited about Bob. We’re always excited about keeping Pennsylvania kids at home. He’s extremely talented but has a very limited background. We’re very excited to get him in a full time program year-round and see what he’s going to be able to do. It has been the last couple of years that he’s really taken off, and I think looking forward, the amount of help he’s going to be able to give us in the sprint frees to the relays is going to be fun to watch.”
Hometown: Collingswood, N.J.
High School: Collingswood
Coach: Chris Sylvester
Honors & Highlights: Schuehler was an U.S. Olympic Trail Qualifier in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and attended the 2011 NCSA All-American trip to Osaka, Japan…Also attended the 2013 U.S. National Select Camp…Currently serves as captain for the Panthers and was the Team MVP during his sophomore campaign…Earned All-League honors in the Olympic Division his freshman, sophomore and junior years…Recognized with All-Region First Team honors in his sophomore and junior years, as well as All-Region Second Team as a freshman…Received All-State Second Team honors as a sophomore and a junior.
Personal: Born Andrew Russel Schuehler on March 30, 1995 in Camden, N.J to Karen and Glen Schuehler...Father, Glen, is a computer programmer and mother, Karen, is a pre-school teacher…Has two brothers, Kurt Schuehler (14) and Kyle Stoy (26), and two sisters, Kelly Schuehler (14) and Jamie Stoy (31)…Graduating Collingswood with a 3.8 GPA and is a National Honor Society member…Currently undecided on a major…Plans to pursue a career as a tax attorney.
Schuehler on Penn State: “I chose Penn State because of the great atmosphere, school spirit and a swim team that has done and will do great things.”
Hargis on Schuehler: “Andy is one of the top breaststrokers in the country. He comes to us from the Jersey Wahoos, which is one of the most well-known club programs in the country. John Carroll has just done wonders for years over in New Jersey with the Wahoos. Andy is an extremely talented breaststroker and an extremely talented IM-er. He even has butterfly capabilities, as well as freestyle; the kid can swim everything. He’s just extremely talented. He’s going to provide immediate help in the breaststroke events, as well as the IM events. Just the talent that he’s going to walk in with and the leadership qualities that he carries, he’s going to be a phenomenal Penn State swimmer for years to come.”
Hometown: Avondale, Pa.
High School: Salesianum School (Del.)
Coach: Chip Hannig
Honors & Highlights: Four-year letter winner and currently serves as captain for the 2012-13 season…Three-time All-State selection…State record holder as part of the 200 medley relay team in 2011 and school record holder in the 500 free…2012 State Champion in the 200 and 500 free…A 2012 Scholastic All-American, Stasiunas has helped his team to three consecutive State Championships (2010-12)…Also a member of the Delaware Swim Team under head coaches Bruce Gemmell and Sean Dougherty…Made Junior National cuts and consideration times in the 2012 LCM season.
Personal: Born Matthew Christopher Stasiunas on May 18, 1995 in Wynnewood, Pa. to Eileen and Christopher Stasiunas…Father, Christopher, is an engineering manager and a Drexel alumni…Mother, Eileen, graduated from Villanova University and is an RN…Has one brother, Thomas (19), who attends Gettysburg College…Will graduate from Salesianum with a 3.89 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, as well as the Spanish Language National Honor Society…Plans on majoring in biology and pursuing a career in the medical field.
Stasiunas on Penn State: “I chose Penn State because of the academic excellence. I also was looking for the opportunity to swim at the highest level, and I know I will be continually challenged to be my best by a great coaching staff and team.”
Hargis on Stasiunas: “Matt Stasiunas is a distance kid out of Delaware. He’s going to help fill a lot of needs in the distance area. He’s a kid that really developed over the summer and got on to our radar. He had a great summer and has had a great fall and end of winter. He’s a very talented kid and in a great program in Delaware. Their swim team is doing great things; they just had a coaching change, but Matt’s going to adapt to the program.”
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