Penn State Earns Verbal From YMCA Nationals Finalist Sam Rennard

Photo Courtesy: Sam Rennard

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NEW COMMIT: Penn State has received a new verbal commitment from Red Bank, New Jersey’s Sam Rennard who will arrive on campus next fall.

Rennard swims year-round for Red Bank YMCA and capped off his summer season at YMCA Nationals with 100% best times, a fifth-place finish in the 400m free and 400m IM, and he also placed sixth in the 800m free and ninth in the mile. At YMCA Nationals in April, he posted four top-20 finishes which included a seventh-place showing in the 500 free. He was also a five-time finalist at NJ YMCA State Championships and won the 500 free at Rutgers’ Holiday Classic last winter. Rennard also swims for Christian Brothers Academy where he is the school record-holder in the 500 free and is a multi-time conference winner.

He told Swimming World:

“I knew Penn State was the perfect fit for me the second I stepped foot on campus. I can’t wait to be a Nittany Lion! We Are!!”

His best times include:

  • 200 free – 1:43.06
  • 500 free – 4:30.45
  • 1000 free – 9:21.08
  • 1650 free – 15:51.38
  • 200 IM – 1:55.17
  • 400 IM – 3:57.87

When he suits up for the Nittany Lions at the start of the 2019-20 season, he’ll join a distance training squad led by Nathan Schiffmann. Although he sits outside of scoring range at the 2018 Big Ten Championships, Rennard will look to translate his recent long course success with a year of club swimming still to go.

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