Former Virginia Tech sprint star Joe Bonk will transfer to North Carolina State and begin competition for the Wolfpack as a junior in the fall of 2015, he told SwimSwam today.
Bonk is now absent from the Hokies’ roster after spending two years competing for them, and after sitting this season out will transfer to compete for their ACC rivals.
“Virginia Tech just wasn’t the training and social environment I needed to be successful,” Bonk said “If I had to sum it up briefly: it was a difficult decision but I want to end my swimming career without regrets of what could’ve been, so I pulled the plug in a way.”
“VT is a great place, it just wasn’t for me,” Bonk continued, complimenting his former school and team.
North Carolina State has the hottest sprint group in the conference (if not the country) right now, so the draw is there for Bonk, who is a sprinter.
In yards, his best times are:
- 50 free – 19.79
- 100 free – 43.38
- 200 free – 1:38.87
- 100 fly – 48.70
Those 50 free and 100 fly times listed above were done at his last ACC Championship meet, while the 100 was clocked at Winter Nationals this past December while representing YMCA of the Triangle Area. His 200 free is a time from when he was in high school, and a race he rarely swam at Virginia Tech.
During his sophomore season, he earned 40 points in his individual swims, and in 2013 was on the ACC Championship winning 400 medley relay. He also earned three Honorable Mention All-American honors in relays as a freshman, but didn’t swim at NCAA’s as a sophomore.