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After Jessica Beattie watched her sister, Jenna, commit to swim for Virginia Tech back in September, the Lafayette senior had to wait an agonizing eight months before the Hokies offered her a spot in the swimming and diving program.
However, as the saying goes, better late than never.
Late last month, after an official visit to Virginia Tech, Beattie committed to swim for the Hokies and join her sister for the next four years.
“Tech wasn’t interested in me until a lot later, but we were both sure we wanted to go [to school] together,” Beattie said. “I love the program there and knowing Jenna was going there made a huge difference.”
A polyvalent swimmer who expects to swim individual medley and butterfly at Virginia Tech, Beattie was invited on an official visit to Virginia Tech shortly after her swim season concluded.
Before stepping on campus, Beattie said she was “pretty sure” she knew where she wanted to go. After seeing everything Virginia Tech had to offer firsthand, her decision became clear.
While on campus at Virginia Tech, Beattie had the opportunity to meet with the swimming and diving team, tour athletic and academic facilities and even stop by to watch Virginia Tech’s annual spring football game that drew more than 44,000 fans this season.
Beattie said her main reason for choosing Virginia Tech was because she loved the swimming program, but joked the atmosphere at the spring game helped her get a better picture of the Virginia Tech community and fan base.
“I will admit, Hokie football helped me commit to Hokie swimming,” she joked.
After committing to Virginia Tech, Beattie said she could feel the weight lifting off her shoulders.
As a second-semester senior in high school, finally knowing where she would be attending college was “the biggest relief I’ve ever had.”
“Now I can just relax and enjoy the rest of my senior year,” she said.