MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (October 1, 2021) – The West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams kick off the 2021-22 campaign with the annual Gold-Blue Meet on Saturday, October 2, at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park.
The annual intrasquad event is set to begin at 10 a.m. ET, and admission is free.
The Mountaineers are making the most of their homecoming weekend by hosting the WVU Swimming & Diving Celebration Dinner on Friday, Oct. 1, before kicking off action in the pool on Saturday.
“It is with great pleasure that WVU swimming and diving welcomes back our 2019-20 and 2020-21 Celebration Dinner and Gold-Blue Meet after having a year off due to the pandemic,” coach Vic Riggs said. “This weekend is a great way to recognize the accomplishments of the previous season and to kick off the current year. Celebrating the success of the past two seasons will be extra special for everyone.”
Saturday also marks the start of Riggs’ 14th season at the helm of the WVU men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs. Last season, WVU qualified one swimmer and four divers to the NCAA Championships, broke five program records, had one All-American and sent eight divers to the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships. The men’s team secured a second-place team finish at the Big 12 Championship, while the women’s team placed fourth.
The Mountaineers’ four divers at the NCAA Championships marked the first time in program history that multiple divers competed at a single championship, while the five West Virginia competitors were the most for WVU since 2007.
Senior David Dixon earned a bid to the NCAA Championships for the fourth consecutive season, becoming the first Mountaineer from the men’s team to do so. At NCAAs, Dixon earned a 12th-place finish in the 200 fly to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors. He also represented WVU at the 2020 Olympic Trials.
During the 2019-20 campaign the men earned a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championship, while the women’s team finished fifth. WVU qualified two swimmers and two divers to the NCAA Championships, broke five school records, produced four All-Americans and sent 10 divers to NCAA Zone A Diving Championships.
The Mountaineers’ two divers were the first West Virginia divers to qualify for the NCAA Championships since 1983.
Seventeen newcomers (seven women, 10 men) join WVU’s squad this season, which is led by 13 seniors (six women, seven men).
The Mountaineers officially open the regular season when they host the West Virginia State Games at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park next weekend.