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Rochna Signs NLI To Join Men’s Swimming And Diving

Rochna Signs NLI To Join Men’s Swimming And Diving

ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – Matthew Rochna, a high school senior from Indiana, Pa., has signed a National Letter of Intent to join the men's swimming and diving team next fall, head coach Sean McNamee announced Tuesday.

The 5-foot-9 Rochna co-captained the Indiana Area Senior High School's boys swimming team last year in his junior campaign. Rochna swims a plethora of events, from the butterfly to freestyle to backstroke, but his most success last season came in the latter. He broke his high school's record in the 100-yard backstroke and won the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) championship in the same event.

At the WPIAL Championships, Rochna also finished third in the 200-yard IM and 200-yard free relay, while finishing second in the 200-yard medley relay. By virtue of those finishes, he qualified for the state meet and finished seventh in the entire state in the 100 backstroke.

"Matt is someone who we project will have some big drops in his times when he gets here next fall," McNamee said. "Over the course of his career we expect him to go from a solid recruit right now to an impact recruit by the time he graduates."

Rochna has also succeeded in the classroom, as he has been on the honor roll nearly every quarter since he was a seventh-grader. He is the lone early signee for McNamee's team, and the next signing period will begin April 13, 2011.