Skinner inks McMurry to NLI

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech swimming and diving head coach Ned Skinner has announced the signing of Alex McMurry to a National Letter of Intent. He will join the H2Okies in the fall of 2017.

McMurry, a native of Huntersville, North Carolina, swam at Hough High School where he was a 4A state champion in the 100 backstroke. He competes at the club level for SwimMAC.

"We are thrilled to receive Alex's NLI and welcome him and his family to the Hokie Nation,” head coach Ned Skinner said. “Alex is a bright student and has emerged as one of our country's top young backstrokers. Alex is joining a stellar recruiting class and we are so excited about our future. We have gotten to know Alex and his family his past year and we know he will add to our program's high standards in and out of the pool."

A USA Junior National finalist in the 100 back this past winter, McMurry was named second team all-state in the 100 back as a junior by the Charlotte Observer and was tabbed to the first team by the publication a year later. He led off the 200 medley relay that won the 4A state championship in 2017 and was also named to the second team in the 50 freestyle.

McMurry joins a loaded 2017 recruiting class for the H2Okies that features multiple top 100 prospects. Skinner considers the class to be one of the most talented in the history of the program, is expecting many of the swimmers to make an immediate impact.

“This is a class that we are as excited about as any in my 19 years here at Virginia Tech,” Skinner said. “We have multiple men and women who are Olympic trial qualifiers, junior national finalists, national level scorers, state champions and are prolific on every stage in our sport. More importantly, we feel certain that they will represent the values of our Hokie Nation and help us with our goals personally, academically and athletically. I would like to thank Josh Huger, our assistant coach and recruiting coordinator, for guiding us through this. Our coaches and team also did a lot of great work on official visits and preparing for this class.”

Alex’s Top Times
50 back – 22.80
100 back – 48.81
200 back – 1:49.48

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