World Juniors bronze medalist and 1:55 long course butterflyer Antani Ivanov, previously an Auburn commit, is following coach Sergio Lopez to Virginia Tech.
Ivanov was likely Auburn’s top recruit, but when head coach Brett Hawke resigned, assistant coach Lopez took the head coaching position at Virginia Tech. Ivanov switched his commitment and will join the H2Okies roster for the upcoming NCAA season. The school announced the addition of Ivanov to its roster here.
Competing for Bulgaria internationally, Ivanov was a bronze medalist at the 2017 World Junior Championships in the 200 fly, and also won silver at the 2016 European Junior Championships. Last summer, he finished 8th at the senior World Championships in the 200 fly, becoming the first Bulgarian to make a World Championships final since 2007.
Ivanov has outstanding long course meter butterfly times. His 200 fly (1:55.55) is faster than any American freshman in the recruiting class, comparable to Jack LeVant (1:55.89, Stanford signee) and Andrew Koustik (1:56.95, Texas signee). Ivanov has also been 52.67 in the 100 meter fly and has split as fast as 51.89 on a relay.
Ivanov’s Top Times
- 200 LCM fly: 1:55.55
- 100 LCM fly: 52.67
- 50 LCM fly: 23.91
- 100 LCM free: 50.58
Converting long course meter times into the NCAA’s short course yard format is always a very inexact science, so there’s certainly no guarantee Ivanov is the best 200 flyer in the class. But he certainly has potential to be, and he’s already been a standout in short course meters for Bulgaria, which helps ease his transition some.
The signing has to be an exciting one for Virginia Tech fans, especially since Lopez’s last recruiting pull of an international World Juniors medalist (Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez) yielded one of the NCAA’s fastest IMers a year ago. Gonzalez transferred from auburn to Virginia Tech along with Lopez, bolstering what should be a completely reloaded H2Okie roster for 2018-2019.
The addition to the recruiting class also pushes Virginia Tech’s overall freshman class deeper into our top 12-ranked classes nationally, a series we just launched today. Stay tuned this week to see where that class lands.