Behind the Scenes with Virginia Tech Swimming on the Road to Penn State


The Virginia Tech men took down a pair of Big Ten opponents Penn State and Ohio State last weekend in a double-dual meet, and Hokie senior Simon Shi has put together a behind-the-scenes video of the team’s trip to show what it’s like to take a Division I swim team on the road for a big regular season dual meet.

“I really wanted to show everyone what college swimming is all about,” Shi said of the video, “and especially the intensity on deck for the relays.”

Virginia Tech will stay close to home for the next few weeks, with another double-dual scheduled on November 8th against Richmond and NCAA Division II National Champions Queens. They’ll then see the Ohio State Buckeyes again when they travel to the Ohio State invite from November 21st-23rd.

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Here comes VT! The mighty Hokies will beat NC State and Virginia for years to come. Sergio is the real deal


Funny comment! There’s a reason no one followed him from Auburn…minus Hugo who immediately left


Funny comment! There’s a reason that no one followed him from Auburn…minus Gonzalez who regretted that move. Pack dynasty for years to come


That’s why Hugo has not got a PB in any event or pool since 🙂


That’s kind of a clown thing to say considering Hugo hasn’t gone a best time yet


I didn’t realize Penn State competes in a 6-lane 25-yd pool.


Yeppers – had to swim PA YMCA States there for almost a decade. Well-run meet, but horribly slow due to the size


how’s that new pool coming at psu??


It’s a hockey rink. No new pool in PSU future

Working Swim Mom

My understanding is Hockey got a big donor, swimming didn’t. The school doesn’t value the program enough to invest maybe?

Working Swim Mom

They have two 6 lane pools and a separate diving well. One is 25 yards and one is 25 meters.


And an 8 lane outdoor 50m. Open April to November.


Felt so nice to train in that 50 meter pool last summer… LOL, oh wait it was closed.

Sunny Cal

One of the worst facilities in Big 10 for swimming. They shouldn’t be able to host any college meets there. Maybe then the school will update pool!!

Working Swim Mom

That assumes the school cares. If the university cared, they would have already built a new facility.

As was noted above, the outdoor 50 meter pool was “broken” most of the summer. My understanding is that basic preventative maintenance wasn’t done. Meets that were scheduled there had to be cancelled or relocated.

For a state that has so much swimming talent, the pools are not at an equivalent level.

Don’t go there

……or maybe they won’t update the pool…..and take a note from the Clemson playbook.


21.97 relay split from Maddie Cooke in October

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