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Delaney Bookstein has announced her commitment to Virginia Tech, beginning in the fall of 2023. Bookstein, a Virginia native, is currently a senior at Forest Park High School. At the 2023 Virginia HS 6A (biggest schools) state championships, she won the 500 yard freestyle in a time of 4:53.20.
I am extremely excited to finally announce my verbal commitment to continue my athletic and academic career at Virginia Tech!! This process would not have been possible without the support from my family, friends, teammates, and coaches. GO HOKIES!!!
Bookstein didn’t start swimming competitively until her freshman year of high school, having previously played volleyball. She is now following in her brother’s footsteps by becoming a Division I swimmer, as he currently swims for Towson University in Maryland.
Bookstein trains and competes with the Nation’s Capital Swim Club (NCAP). She tends to specialize in the freestyle, IM, and breaststroke events, having competed at meets such as the TYR Pro Swim Series and NCSA Summer Championships.
Top SCY Times:
- 200 free- 1:49.64
- 500 free- 4:53.20
- 1650 free- 17:21.43
- 100 breast- 1:03.19
- 200 IM- 2:04.21
- 400 IM- 4:20.30
In addition to winning the 500 at the 2023 Virginia HS State meet, Bookstein also finished 3rd in the 200 IM and was a member of Forest Park’s 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. She set new best times in both individual events, dropping .35 seconds in the 500 and .28 seconds in the 200 IM.
At the Knoxville TYR Pro Swim Series in January, Bookstein swam the 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast, and 400 IM (all LCM). Her highest finish of the meet was 22nd, which she achieved in both the 200 breast and 400 IM. Her 200 breast time of 2:41.61 was a personal best by 2.40 seconds.
The Virginia Tech women placed 6th out of 12 teams at the 2023 ACC Championships. Bookstein’s best 500 free time would have placed her in 27th overall, just a few places away from qualifying for the C-final. The Hokies sent two swimmers to finals in that event, with current juniors Emma Atkinson finishing 5th and Chase Travis coming in 8th.
In the 400 IM, Bookstein would have been 25th overall, missing the C-final by just one spot. The Hokies had two finalists in this event as well, with Travis placing 19th and current sophomore Brooke Zettel coming in 24th.
Joining Bookstein in Virginia Tech’s class of 2027 will be freestyler Courtney Phillips and a fellow freestyle, breaststroke, and IM specialist, Sydney Starnes. Both hold times that would have ranked in the top 10 among the 2022-2023 team.
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