Virginia Tech Scores Verbal From In-State Standout Jenna Thompson

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NEW COMMIT: Virginia Tech is building a strong recruiting class for fall of 2019 and just added another: Jenna Thompson of Newport News, Va. has verbally committed to the Hokies.

Thompson will join Sophia RyanHannah JirsaBrooke TravisHannah Virgin, Morgan MillerAshley Worden, Shelby Raber and Rose Pouch as members of the Hokie class of 2023.

Thompson does her club swimming with 757 Swim and achieved her first U.S. Open cut this summer in the 100m breast at the VA Senior LCM Championships en route to being crowned champion in the event. She also raced at Junior Nationals this summer and achieved two best times at Juniors East last December where she finaled in the 200 breast.

Primarily a breaststroker, Thompson is also a strong IMer and mid-distance freestyler. She represents Menchville High School and is a six-time VHSL 5A State Championships finalist. She finished fifth in the 100 breast and 13th in the 200 IM as a junior after placing fifth in both the 100 breast and 500 free during her sophomore season.

She told Swimming World:

“I am super excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim at Virginia Tech. I’d like to thank all my friends, family, and coaches that have helped me throughout my journey. Can’t wait to be a HOKIE!”

Her best times include:

  • 100 breast – 1:02.70
  • 200 breast – 2:17.50
  • 200 IM – 2:05.67
  • 400 IM – 4:28.09
  • 200 free – 1:53.61
  • 500 free – 4:59.84

When she arrives in Blacksburg for the 2019-20 season, she’ll join a talented breaststroke training group that includes Joelle Vereb, Erin Scott and Reka Gyorgy. Her best 100 breast time would’ve ranked third on the Hokies’ lineup last season and sits just outside of scoring range at the 2018 ACC Championships. Virginia Tech finished seventh in the team standings at last season’s conference meet.

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