Backstroker Jacob Oberle Makes Verbal Commitment to Penn State for 2020-21

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Richmond, Virginia’s Jacob Oberle recently committed to swim at Penn State University for 2020-21. He will join Ben Doyle in the class of 2024.

“I am beyond excited and thrilled to announce my commitment to continue my Swimming and Academic career at Penn State University!! I am excited to join such an amazing coaching staff and team. I would like to thank my parents, teammates, and coaches who have got me to where I am today!! GO NITTANY LIONS!!”

Oberle is a senior at Richmond’s Godwin High School and swims year-round at NOVA of Virginia Aquatics. He specializes mainly in backstroke and butterfly and was a finalist in the 100 back at the 2019 VHSL Class 5 State Meet. There, he placed tenth in the backstroke (54.13), went 24.77 in the 50 back and 49.69 in the 100 free to lead off the 200 medley and 400 free relays, both of which placed sixth, and he finished 18th in the 100 fly (55.09 in prelims). His best times in those events come from this spring’s Virginia Swimming Short Course Senior Championships and from the 2019 NCSA Spring Championship, although he swam his best 100 backstroke at 2018 Winter Juniors East. Oberle competed this summer at the Virginia LSC Long Course Championships in the 50 free, 100/200 back, and 100 fly. He was a finalist in the 100 back.

Best SCY times

  • 200 back – 1:50.09
  • 100 back – 50.57
  • 50 back – 23.93
  • 100 fly – 51.85

Penn State finished seventh at the 2019 Men’s B1G Championship last February. Junior Liam Veregin won the consolation finals of both the 100 back (46.81) and the 200 back (1:43.41) and was the highest finisher for the Nittany Lions in those two events. Senior Tomer Zamir was a C finalist in the 100 back and freshman Michael Daly, with whom Oberle will overlap for two years, placed 16th in the 200 back with 1:45.50. It took 48.22 in the 100 back and 1:45.40 in the 200 back to score at the conference meet.

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