#8 Aiken Do Stays Local, Verbals to Virginia Tech for 2022

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Virginia Tech has kept a major recruit in-state (and away from ACC rivals Virginia) with a 2022 verbal from Aiken Do of The Fish. Do, a sprint freestyler and breaststroker, holds the #8 slot on our Top 20 rankings for the high school class of 2022.

Super excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for Virginia Tech! Thanks to my family, coaches, friends, and everyone who helped me get here! Go hokies!🦃


  • 50 free – 20.56
  • 100 free – 44.83
  • 200 free – 1:41.38
  • 100 breast – 55.32
  • 200 breast – 2:00.81
  • 100 fly – 50.06
  • 200 IM – 1:50.87

Do is the defending Virginia HS 6A Champion in the 100 free, where he hit a lifetime best 44.83. He was also the 50 free runner-up (20.56), hitting another best. Do also anchored W.T. Woodson High School’s runner-up 200 free relay in a 20.15 and was 44.66 anchoring their runner-up 400 free relay, nearly running down Texas ’25 commit Anthony Grimm (44.75) on the end of Oakton High School’s title-earning relay.

As a freshman at the 2019 6A Championships, Do was sixth in the 50 free (21.22) and 11th in the 100 breast (58.66).

Virginia Tech’s men finished fourth at the 2020 ACC Championships. In the sprint free, they’re led by senior Thomas Hallock, who was an ACC A-finalist in the 50 free and 100 free, going lifetime bests of 19.32 in the 50 and 42.90 in the 100 last season. Junior Blake Manoff was 19.66/42.64 last season. In breast, they’re led by sophomore AJ Pouch, 52.93/1:53.69 last season and the third-place finisher in the 200 breast at ACCs.

Do will overlap with Pouch for one season. He should also get two seasons with Carles Coll, a Spanish national who is 23.2/51.0 FR and 1:02.2/2:14.3 BR in long course meters. The Hokies have Youssef Ramadan (23.1/50.4 FR LCM) and Luan Grobbelaar (1:04.2/2:15.7 BR LCM) on the way in their class of 2025.

Do joins freestyler/butterflier Mitchell Stroud in VT’s class of 2026 on the men’s side.

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11 months ago

Hokies really reeling in some talent!

11 months ago

VT has been recruiting really well so far in this class, they should be on the rise!

11 months ago

Fun fact: Hallock went to Oakton as well (as did Shebat). Lot of talent coming out of there

Reply to  PVSFree
11 months ago

Talent is coming from the DC area club teams, like Fish, Machine, RMSC, NCAP, not necessarily Oakton.

Reply to  PVSFree
11 months ago

Hmm Oakton, Robinson, Woodson, Langley (even TJ)… I wonder why all these hs are so fast?!? Couldn’t be the largest summer league in the country and top club are there?! (I’m aware neither hammock or Do swam for NCAP but that breeds competition)

Reply to  coachymccoachface
11 months ago

Largest summer league is in Madison Wisconsin

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Reply to  False
11 months ago

Apologies to Aiken for hijacking his thread but you gotta show some proof that metro-Madison with 650,000 people total has more than 17,000 kids in summer swim league like Northern Virginia does.

11 months ago

The DC area produces some of the best, if not the best recruits on the East Coast, easily competing with Florida. And the reason for it is the insanely competitive and popular summer league swimming in that area, NVSL. Change my mind.

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Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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