Jamestown senior Joelle Vereb announced her verbal commitment to swim for Virgina Tech on Oct. 2.
Vereb has offers from Georgia Tech and Louisville, but touted Tech’s academics, coaching staff and campus.
“I felt such a strong connection with the team,” Vereb said, “and I can’t wait to be there next year.”
Vereb owns 11 gold medals in three seasons for Jamestown in state championship meets including individual wins in the 100 fly (54.63) and 100 breaststroke (1:05.15) in the last 4A meet.
Vereb and then-sophomore Abby Larson teamed with seniors Hannah Clymer and Margaret Williams, a freshman on William and Mary's team, on the Eagles' 200 and 400 free relays that earned state-record golds and all-America times (1:36.09 and 3:30.67, respectively).
Vereb called her summer highlight earning a Junior Nationals qualifying time in the 400 free relay and 400 medley relay with 757swim teammates Larson, Colby Hurt and Sofia Long at the Futures Championship.
Vereb moved to the area at age 6 from Ohio where her father, Brian, coached the University of Akron women’s swimming and diving program. Brian Vereb also coached at the College of Wooster, Ball State and Fresno State and is now an assistant with 757swim.
Joelle Vereb will join former Lafayette swimmers Jenna and Jessica Beattie at Virginia Tech. The twin sisters are freshmen on the Hokies' team.