Sterling, VA (Mar. 8, 2017) – Dominion senior Matthew Popovich has commit to swim for Penn State University beginning the 2017/2018 academic school year.
“I was very excited that I could achieve my dream of swimming for a Division 1 program,” said Popovich. “After committing, I was so relieved to know where I was going to be attending school for the next four years.”
Located in University Park, PA – also know as Happy Valley, Penn State University offers over 100 degree programs and is currently ranked #50 in the U.S. News & World Reports 2017 edition of Best Colleges in the Nation. The university enrolls more than 98,000 students at 24 campus locations statewide and at the Penn State World Campus, including more than 46,000 at the University Park campus in State College.
“My recruiting experience was fun,” said Popovich. “Going on different recruiting trips, and seeing what traditions I could be a part of for the next four years was exciting. I was drawn to Penn State by their outstanding academics, successful swim program, and all the great opportunities they offer their athletes”
Popovich’s head swim coach will be Tim Murphy. Coach Murphy is in his fourth season as the head coach of the Nittany Lion men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs. In his first season, Murphy led both the men’s and women’s programs to top-20 finishes at the 2014 NCAA Championships and top-five finishes at the Big Ten Championships, marking one of the most successful seasons in school history for either program. Penn State has seen continued success under Murphy’s guidance. In 2015-16, 13 Lions qualified for the NCAA Swimming Championships, 6 of which earned a combined 10 All-America honorable mention honors.
Popovich, the two-time All-Loudoun swim team selection, and two-time VHSL 4A state champion in the 200 and 100 yard freestyle has been on a swim team since the age of four. When asked about one of his fondest memories during that tenure Matthew shared, “Making a state cut in the very first event (200 IM) of my freshman year, and eventually winning states in the 200 freestyle while setting a new state record at the same time my junior year.”
“I am thankful for my parents, coaches and friends who have supported me in continuing to swim at the next level.”
When asked what advice he’d give other pursing their dreams, Matthew shared, “If you want it to happen, do whatever it takes, day after day until your dreams become reality.”
Please join us in wishing Matthew Popovich the very best in his success in the pool, and in his pursuit of a Forensics Science degree from Penn State University.
Contact Aaron at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to highlight your favorite athlete’s college commitment on vivaloudoun.com.