Virginia Tech Hokies Land In-State Commitment from U.S. Open Qualifier Janika Perezous

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NEW COMMIT: U.S. Open qualifier Janika Perezous of Potomac Falls, Va. has announced her verbal commitment to Virginia Tech beginning in the fall of 2021.

She will join Anna Summers, Maddy Grafmiller, Julia NappiAva YandleAlexandra Eastmond and Athena Vanyo in Blacksburg as a member of the Hokies’ class of 2025.

Regarding her commitment, she said:

“I am excited to announce my verbal commitment to further both my academic and swimming careers at Virginia Tech! To my future and current coaches Jacy, Sergio, Jim, and Erik: thank you for your advice and support. To my teammates and friends: thank you for your spirited banter and bringing a challenge each day. Finally, to my family: thank you for your love and encouragement since the beginning. Procedam prodesse, discere et natare! I can’t wait to begin this new adventure and join the Hokie family!”

Perezous, who trains year-round with Snow Swimming, placed fourth in the 200 back and 12th in both the 200 breast and 200 fly at Potomac Valley Seniors in March. In Summer 2019, she had a stellar showing at TYR Summer Seniors where she won the 50m/100m back with four additional top-12 finishes.

She was also invited to the 2018 USA Swimming National Diversity Select Camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Her best times include:

  • 50 back – 25.38
  • 100 back – 53.94
  • 200 back – 1:58.05
  • 200 IM – 2:05.92
  • 400 IM – 4:26.14
  • 100 breast – 1:06.59
  • 200 breast – 2:19.70
  • 100 free – 51.49
  • 200 free – 1:50.59

Perezous is currently a senior at Potomac Falls High School and previously attended Governor’s Foreign Language Academy for Latin. She placed fourth in both the 200 free and 100 back at the Virginia Class 5 State Championships as a junior while leading off the 4×50 medley relay in 25.69 and anchoring her team’s 4×100 free relay in 51.96.

She has also earned NISCA and USA Swimming Scholastic All-American honors in addition to being a three-time PVS Scholar-Athlete.

Perezous will add valuable backstroke depth to the Hokies’ lineup when she arrives on campus at the start of the 2021-22 season. She would’ve placed in the C-final of the 100/200 back at the 2020 ACC Championships where Virginia Tech finished eighth overall in the team standings.

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