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Ben Eckerson from Pennington, New Jersey has announced that he will be joining the Virginia Tech Hokies as a member of their class of 2025. Eckerson was a 2019 USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.
A backstroke specialist, Eckerson has seen rapid improvement in both his 100 and 200 races over the last season. Last December, while swimming at the Winter Junior Nationals-East, he swam a 48.78 in prelims. This time marked a best time by over a second in the event, as well as being good enough to qualify him for the B-final. His best time before that race had been a 49.92 from last March. His best time in the 200 back is from last March where he swam to a best time of 1:51.66, besting his old best time by nearly two seconds.
Top SCY Times:
- 50 free – 21.00
- 100 free – 47.42
- 100 back – 48.78
- 200 back – 1:51.66
Virginia Tech just finished their second season under new head coach Sergio Lopez. He guided the Hokie men to an 80-point improvement at the 2020 ACC Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, narrowing the gap between them and this year’s third-place team Louisville.
It took a 47.93/1:46.33 to qualify for the scoring C-final at the 2020 ACC Championships, meaning Eckerson will need to improve some to provide immediate scoring as a freshman.
The Hokies had a strong underclassmen group this year, as over half of their total points were scored by the freshman and sophomore classes. The freshman backstroke group was led by Forest Webb, who was a B-finalist in both backstroke races.
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