Penn Charter Breaststroker Joseph Hong Verbally Commits to Virginia Tech

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Virginia Tech has picked up Pennridge High School’s Joseph Hong, who trains with Penn Charter Aquatic Club under Crystal Keelan. Keelan was a head coach of the U.S. team for the 2019 World Junior Champs, and she was Reece Whitley‘s longtime coach until he went to Cal.

Hong joins VT’s class of 2025.

I am thrilled to announce my commitment to continue my swimming and academic careers at Virginia Tech! I’d like to thank God, my family, coaches, mentors, teammates, and friends for supporting and helping me throughout this process. I’m so grateful for the chance to be part of such an amazing team and I can’t wait to be a Hokie! #GoHokies #TalonsUp


  • 100 breast – 55.74
  • 200 breast – 2:00.80
  • 200 IM – 1:54.83
  • 400 IM – 4:04.03

Hong is pretty much exclusively a breaststroker, and he’s just a touch better in the 200 than the 100. At the 2020 Pennsylvania 3A HS Champs, Hong placed fifth in the timed finals of the 100 breast, going 56.20.

At the Speedo Junior Nationals last summer, Hong scored in the 200 breast C-final at 20th, going 2:20.33 in the final for a lifetime best. He also his a best in a time trial in the 100 breast, going 1:04.70.

Last season, freshman AJ Pouch led the Hokies in the breaststroke events at 52.9 in the 100 and 1:53.6 in the 200, the top breaststroker on the roster by over a second and a half in both events. VT also returns their #2 100 breaststroker, rising sophomore Cobi Lopez Miro (54.62), and their #2 200 breaststroker, rising junior Keith Myburgh (1:55.34).

VT has Spanish breaststroker Carles Coll, 1:02/2:14 in LCM, incoming as part of the class of 2024. Hong will join backstroker Ben Eckerson and the versatile Luan Grobbelaar in VT’s class of 2025.

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2 years ago

Welcome to the Hokie Family Joseph!

Jack Pearson
2 years ago

I am so proud of this man. So much room to grow.

NM Coach
2 years ago

I have followed you ever since Coach Reed Started working with you! He is VERY proud of what you’ve accomplished! Congratulations! Sergio my friend…you got a good one!!!

ACC athlete
2 years ago

The coaches at tech will definitely help improve this guy. Just a diamond in the rough right now

About Karl Ortegon

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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