Three-Time All-American Joe Bonk Transferring From Virginia Tech to NC State

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.

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Clearly a little bit of a problem child, the NC state coaching staff has showed they can handle a wide range of personalities. Seems like a good fit to me


Just a question, are there not rules in place from the ACC to make things harder for intra conference transfer? From a brief understanding of the rules it seemed he had to be at North Carolina State for the last two semesters in order to compete this fall?

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From reading the story, it would seem that he may not have been in school this year. He competed 2 years, then not at all this year which would have been his junior year at Va. Tech. Since he is starting out as a junior at NC State next year, it leads me to believe he wasn’t in school this year. That could be wrong however, as I have no knowledge of the situation.


“problem child” Are you judgmental much? Think 2x before you go putting people down. Shame on you and the way you were raised.

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