Virginia Tech Gets Commitment From Local Sprinter Hunter Cassady

Hunter Cassady Virginia Tech
Photo Courtesy: Hunter Cassady

NEW COMMIT: Virginia Tech has gained a new commitment for the fall of 2019 from Collinsville, Va. freestyler Hunter Cassady.

Cassady, who drives an hour each way to practice every day, does his club swimming with the Virginia Gators under head coach Doug Fonder. He capped off his long course season with five best times and a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 50 free and 100 free at ISCA Summer Seniors. At ISCA Junior Nationals last March, he was the runner-up in the 100 free.

Also swimming for Bassett High School, Cassady is a five-time Virginia 4A State Championship finalist. He finished second in the 50 free and fourth in the 100 free as a junior after placing fifth in the latter as well as tenth in the 100 back during his sophomore season.

He told Swimming World:

“I am excited to say that I have finally verbally committed to my dream school! I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without the support from my amazing coaches, family and friends. I cannot thank Coach Sergio and Coach Josh enough for their belief in me. I am super excited for what the future holds for me! #gohokies #talonsup #thisishome”

His best times include:

  • 50 free – 21.24
  • 100 free – 45.78
  • 200 free – 1:44.05
  • 200 IM – 1:57.64

When he suits up for the Hokies as a member of the class of 2023, Cassady will join a talented sprint group that includes Thomas HallockDavid Herbert and Alex Hines. He has made significant improvements over the past two seasons, knocking off a second from his 50 free, three from his 100 free and two from his 200 free.

If you have a commitment to share, please send a photo and quote via email to hs@swimmingworld.com.