2023 “Best of the rest” Brendan Whitfield commits to Virginia Tech in the State
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Bib & Butterfly Brendan Whitfield, a high school student from Lynchburg, Va., Has pledged to join the Virginia Tech Hokies class of 2027. Whitfield does his swim club for the Lynchburg YMCA and attends Jefferson Forest High School in Forest, in Virginia.
Whitfield told SwimSwam, âI am very happy to announce my verbal commitment to furthering my varsity and swimming career at Virginia Tech, and I want to thank my friends, family and coaches for bringing me to where I am. I also wanted to thank Albert, Sergio and the whole team for their support throughout the process. Can’t wait to be Hokie! #GoHokies “
Whitfield had a huge long course championship competition in August at the Speedo Summer Championships in Greensboro, posting the best times in the 100 freestyle (51.52), 100 butterfly (55.35), 100 backstroke (56, 70) and 200 backstroke (2: 03.09) while winning a second swim in all of those races.
Whitfield’s best SCY (LCM) times include:
- 50 free: 20.82 (24.29)
- 100 free: 47.43 (51.52)
- 100 backstroke: 49.14 (56.70)
- 200 back: 1: 46.78 (2: 03.09)
- 100 flies: 48.98 (55.35)
With two more years of high school still to go, Whitfield has some improvements to make in his top events before reaching the ACC scoring range. It took 46.85 in the 100 butterfly, 47.50 in the 100 backstroke and 1: 45.29 in the 200 backstroke to qualify for the C final of the 2021 ACC Championships. His 200 backstroke is clearly his strongest event, only 1.5 seconds to score, although he plans to be an impact swimmer for the Hokies in several events through his first year.
Virginia Tech has been one of the best butterfly groups in the country in recent years, currently led by NCAA scorers Antani Iavanov and Youssef Ramadan, although Iavanov graduated by the time Whitfield arrives at Blacksburg. Ramadan, on the other hand, was one of the stars of NCAA men’s swimming in his first season at Blacksburg. Notably, Ramadan has seen great strides in the past two years, dropping his long 100 butterfly run from 53.47 just before he came to Tech, dropping to 51.67 last summer, where he qualified for the semi-finals of the Olympic Games. .
Virginia Tech’s flight group will be further strengthened with the arrival of 2022 high-level engagements Carl Bloebaum and Landon Gentry.
The backstrokes, however, were a bit of a weaker point for the Hokies, where they scored just three swimmers in the 100 and 200 backstroke at the ACCs last year. Whitfield’s arrival is timely for the Hokies, as all three of these scorers will have graduated before Whitfield’s freshman year.
Whitfield is the first public commitment to Virginia Tech in the men’s high school class of 2023.
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