Penn State Adds First 2023 Commit in New Zealand’s Cooper Morley

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Coming to Penn State all the way from Auckland, New Zealand, Cooper Morley has announced that he will be joining the Nittany Lions in the fall of 2023. Already one of the top swimmers in his country, Morley is the first commitment for Penn State’s class of 2027, and will join the program following a gap year during the 2022-2023 school year.

“I am extremely excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for Penn State University 2023 team! Special thanks to everyone for their support throughout the recruitment process. I can’t wait to be part of an amazing swim team!! Go Nittany Lions.”
Last April, Morley competed at the New Zealand National Championships, earning a spot in the finals of all three of the backstroke events. His best finish came in the 50 back, where he finished 6th overall with a time of 26.70. He also took 7th in the 100 back (58.26) and 8th in the 200 back (2:12.06).
Morely also claimed a pair of titles at the New Zealand Secondary School Championships last summer, winning both the 100 and 200 backstrokes in the short course meters pool. In the 100 back, he touched in 53.72, while he stopped the clock in the 200 at 2:01.04. He also finished in the top-8 of the 50 back (24.85), 50 free (23.82), and 100 free (52.20).

Top SCM Times (and SCY Conversions)

  • 50 free – 23.82 (21.45)
  • 100 free – 52.20m (47.02)
  • 200 free – 1:58.28 (1:46.55)
  • 100 back – 53.36 (48.07)
  • 200 back – 2:01.04 (1:49.04)

The Nittany Lion men finished 7th at last year’s Big-10 Championships. The team finished with a pair of medal-winning performances, with Michael Daly topping the field in the 400 IM and William Roberson grabbing bronze in the 50 free. Daly also led the team in the backstroke events at the meet, taking 7th in the 100 and 5th in the 200. He contested the 200 back at the NCAA Championships as well, taking 19th in 1:41.51.

This season, the backstroke group is being led by Daly and Lachlan Byrne, who, like Morley, hails from Oceania. With his best times, Morley would fit in right behind the duo, with a converted time in the 100 back that would put him just behind Daly as the third fastest on the team this season.

The Penn State roster has a strong international presence, with seven of the thirty-two athletes on the roster currently hailing from outside the United States.

Earlier this week, Penn State was forced to cancel their dual meet against Army due to Covid-19 cases within one of the programs.

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