Winter Juniors Qualifier Ben Musante Commits to Penn State

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Ben Musante from Hershey, Pennsylvania has announced his commitment to continue his academic and athletic careers at Penn State. Musante will begin this fall during the 2022-2023 school year.

“So excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my athletic and academic careers at Penn State University! So thankful for my family, friends,teammates, and coaches whom I wouldn’t be here without. #WEARE

Musante swims for Keystone Aquatics (KA) out of Carlislie, PA. Last summer, he competed at Futures in Richmond where he earned a best time in the long course 100 freestyle swimming to a time of 55.13.

Musante is finishing up his senior year at Hershey High School. During his senior season, he won all but one of his dual meet events. At Districts, he finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:40.59) and third in the 100 freestyle (46.07).

Two weeks later, he went on to compete at the Pennsylvania 3A Boys State Championship. There he finished second in the 200 freestyle with a huge best time of 1:38.94 earning his first Winter Juniors cut. He also finished fifth in the 100 freestyle swimming a best time of 45.43 seconds.

Best Times in SCY:

  • 200 freestyle: 1:38.94
  • 100 freestyle: 45.42
  • 50 freestyle: 21.24

Penn State is a public university located in State College, PA, about two hours away from Musante’s hometown of Hershey. The Nittany Lion men finished eighth out of eight teams at the 2022 Big Ten Championships.

Based on his best times, Musante has the potential to score at the conference level. His best time in the 200 freestyle would have finished 24th in the morning, earning a spot in the C final. It took a 44.02 in the 100 freestyle to earn a second swim.

Musante will arrive on campus this fall along with Mariano Lazzerini, Andrew Christensen, Ryan McNutt, and Justin Schneider as members of the class of 2026.

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1 month ago

Benny boy making me proud 🥲

1 month ago

Now this. This is a man. He’s here for his views. He definitely likes women with muscle and has to be an avid fan of american psycho. He got here by subduing him self to Patrick Bateman. A true hero to his people

1 month ago

Now this. This is a man. A man of excellence. He definitely loves pineapple on pizza and women with big triceps. That’s what got him here. Pure grit

Phil Germaine
1 month ago

Congrats to this young man. Hershey Aquatic Club is where I swam in high school. Glad HAC is still going strong

Nittany Tiger
1 month ago

No offense to this young man, in fact congratulations to him on such a big decision.

It just doesn’t feel like the type of signing that would merit kicking off half your roster to make room for “studs”. Penn State is in a horrible place right now, I hope they are able to dig themselves out and return to B10 relevance.

Nittany Lion Alum
Reply to  Nittany Tiger
1 month ago

Maybe Penn State should make a BOLD move like PITT did and get rid of Coaches Tim and Steve.

PENN STATE should hire new coaches that care about the mental health of their swimmers. Penn State should hire coaches that care about student athletes already there and the recruits coming into the program . Wonder why Matt left seemed like a good guy.

Reply to  Nittany Lion Alum
1 month ago

I would bet that administration realizes that they can’t seriously compete in the B1G without a new facility and they’re don’t have any interest in making that level of investment. Unless that changes, turning over coaches probably won’t make a very big difference.

Reply to  oxyswim
1 month ago

Disagree. Plenty of inventive coaches that could make that facility work.

Reply to  oxyswim
1 month ago

Bill Dorenkott would like a word…

1 month ago


Hershey swammer
1 month ago

Go benji

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