SEC Freshman of Year Hugo Gonzalez To Transfer To Virginia Tech

Star Auburn freshman Hugo Gonzalez will follow coach Sergio Lopez to his new position at Virginia Tech, transferring for the upcoming season.

Lopez was an associate head coach at Auburn, but moved on to take the head coaching job at Virginia Tech when Auburn head coach Brett Hawke resigned this offseason. Gonzalez, one of the top freshmen in the nation this past season, will make the same move, joining Virginia Tech for his sophomore campaign, the school announced in a press release.

Gonzalez had an incredible rookie year, winning an SEC title in the 400 IM (3:35.76), placing second in the 200 IM (1:40.67, behind only American record-setter Caeleb Dressel) and third in the 200 back (1:40.82). He didn’t swim best times at NCAAs, but did still score points in the 200 IM. His times from the conference round would have placed him second in the NCAA 400 IM final and fifth in the 200 IM.

Gonzalez is a massive pickup for Virginia Tech. He would have won ACC titles in the 200 IM by almost two seconds and the 400 IM by almost five. He should be a massive addition to a Virginia Tech program that was 6th in the ACC last season. Just adding in individual swims from Gonzalez, VT would have added about 90 points at the conference level last year. He’s also a 2016 Olympian for Spain, and should be in the mix for a 2020 Olympic bid. He’s a former multi-time World Junior Championships gold medalist.

He’s also the second major name to transfer out of Auburn this offseason, leaving a bit of a bare cupboard for new Auburn skipper Gary TaylorSprint sensation Zach Apple announced earlier this spring that he would be transferring out to Indiana next season. Between Gonzalez and Apple, Auburn has now lost 172 SEC points, two SEC event titles and 8 relay legs from its 2018 squad.

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Superfan

Does this surprise anyone?

secfan

No one is suprised.

Hmmm....

I bet Arizona State is feeling left out…

JP input is too short

Nah, he isn’t named Jack or from Indiana.

VTfaaaan

What a great pickup for the Hokies! Keeping a great history of IM alive at Virginia Tech with what Robert Owen, Brandon Fiala and Reka Gyorgy were/have been able to do!

That guy

Lol Auburn about to be in the gutter of the SEC in 2019

completelyconquered

When you’re already in the gutter all you can do is move up.

coach

LSU says hi.

completelyconquered

Jarrod Marrs is an Adonis.

That guy

I mean, at least last season they had Gonzalez, Holoda, and Apple. Now? None

Observer

If I’m not mistaken they’ve been top 12 in the country for a looong time, which means there’s a lot of teams behind them.
I’m seeing a lot of people transferring FROM Auburn but no one TO Auburn… Gary Taylor won’t swim himself, he still need athletes… TALENTED ones.

completelyconquered

The problem with Auburn swimmers was never with their top guns. It was everyone else. Hence their lack of depth to perform like they used to.

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