Virginia Tech Gets Sixth Verbal Commitment: Backstroker Rachael Holp

Photo Courtesy: Rachael Holp

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Rachael Holp has given her verbal commitment to swim for the Virginia Tech Hokies beginning in the 2018-2019 season. The Machine Aquatics rising senior is primarily a backstroker.

Holp told Swimming World,

“I am incredibly excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for Virginia Tech. I want to thank my family, friends, and coaches for their support. The moment I walked on campus, I knew I was home, both the coaching staff and team are truly incredible. I cannot wait to be a Hokie!!”

Her best times are:

  • 50 Back 26.83
  • 100 Back 57.27
  • 200 Back 2:02.13

Holp’s best 100 backstroke time is from the 2017 Virginia High School 6A Championship where, swimming for James Madison High School, she placed 11th. She also touched fourth in the 200 IM. The school’s 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay, both of which Holp was a part, each earned silver.

The Hokies are quickly assembling their Class of 2022. Holp joins Natalia FryckowskaJulia Bruneau and Loulou Vos, and other in state talents Abby Larson and Alex Slayton

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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