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Sources: Drowning victim a Tech athlete

BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech junior wrestler Darren Hankins died Wednesday when he drowned while swimming in a water-filled rock quarry in Montgomery County. Tech confirmed Hankins identity Wednesday night.
“Darren Hankins was very special to our wrestling program and our entire athletic department,” head coach Kevin Dresser said. “As a father and as his coach, this is something that we would hope no family would have to go through. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Hankins family at this time. Darren was a wonderful young man. Virginia Tech Wrestling was a better place because of Darren Hankins.”
Hawkins, a junior from Chesapeake, sat out the 2013-14 season after knee surgery.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s said in a release that the body of a male drowning victim was recovered from the quarry  The victim’s name was not being released yet pending the notification of his family, but multiple sources confirmed the deceased is a Virginia Tech student athlete.
According to the sheriff’s office, a group of swimmers were swimming in a quarry on private property in the Blacksburg section of Montgomery County, when one of them, a male, “began having difficulty staying afloat.” Bystanders attempted unsuccessfully to rescue him.
Rescue workers recovered the body around 7:30 p.m.