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Franklin Regional Senior to 'Nova

https://tribhssn.triblive.com/westmoreland-county-high-school-notebook-franklin-regionals-bunker-commits-to-villanova/

Franklin Regional’s Aiden Bunker heads to Villanova next year.

At first, Aiden Bunker exchanged emails with Villanova to gauge the school’s interest in his swimming talents.

Then, he visited the campus, saw the pool, and knew it was the backdrop for his future.

Bunker, a senior at Franklin Regional, will continue his career with the Wildcats, swimming individual medleys and relays in the Big East Conference.

“I sent out a mass email to coaches after my junior year,” Bunker said. “Then, after states, I heard from (Villanova). I went on a visit a few weeks ago and I said, I want to go here. They called me back and said they had a spot for me.”

And just like that, Bunker was on the path to a Division I college career.

“To swim D-1 is crazy,” he said. “I am stoked to do it.”

Bunker placed third in the WPIAL 3A 200 IM last year, and also swam with thee relays, winning the 200 medley relay, and finishing third with the 400 freestyle relay.

He went to the PIAA meet in three events.

Bunker, who plans to major in mechanical engineering, also talked to Bucknell and Case Western.

His family owns RJ Lee Group, a scientific consulting firm in Monroeville.

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