World Juniors Semifinalist Youssef Ramadan of Egypt Commits to Virginia Tech

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Egyptian swimmer Youssef Ramadan has committed to Virginia Tech. He is expected to join the program in the class of 2020.

Ramadan is primarily a sprint butterflier and freestyler who qualified for the semi-finals of the men’s 50 fly at the 2019 World Junior Swimming Championships. At only 17, his best time in the 100 fly in long course (53.47) is within half-a-second of the Egyptian National Record.

While Virginia Tech’s varsity squad doesn’t have any Egyptian swimmers on it, there is a connection in Blacksburg to Egypt: former Cal-based NCAA Champion in the 100 fly Farida Osman currently trains as part of the Virginia Tech post-grad group under head coach Sergio Lopez.

Best Times, LCM:

  • 50 free – 23.19
  • 100 free – 50.49
  • 50 fly – 24.13
  • 100 fly – 53.47

Virginia Tech’s top 2 butterfliers this season, Antani Ivanov and Blake Manoff, are both sophomores, so Ramadan will join a deep group next fall. He’ll join a class that includes announced swimmers breaststroker Collin Myburgh (55.9/2:01.3) and butterflier/IMer Alex Neff (49.8/1:48.8 fly, 1:50.9 IM).

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Accdude
1 year ago

Antani and Manoff are both sophomores

DravenOP
1 year ago

Good times, good get. Always wonder if international students like Youssef get recruited initially by coaches or if they contact coaches first?

Togger
Reply to  DravenOP
1 year ago

It may have changed since I did it, but for those not already in the US system (Minakov, Morozov) you usually have to contact schools, particularly at the upper end swimming colleges (even if that’s where your times naturally put you).

I suspect ISL may limit the numbers going to the US now though. Previously a kid like Freya Anderson, European senior short course champ swimming for a school with many alumni who swam NCAA, would be prime candidates to head stateside. Now she’s getting paid.

ACCurious
1 year ago

It’s about time! They gotta get on the recruiting trail if they’re going to keep up with UVA, NC State, Duke, UNC and evening Georgia Tech

SECiscool
Reply to  ACCurious
1 year ago

Just name another ACC school why don’t ya

Man with a plan
Reply to  ACCurious
1 year ago

Pretty sure VT beat all the teams you mentioned except UVA and NC State last year

Yup
Reply to  Man with a plan
1 year ago

Beating UNCheat is a given

Bleh
Reply to  ACCurious
1 year ago

GT in the evening sure is scary…

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