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WVU Set for Virtual Meet with Notre Dame

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – The West Virginia University swimming and diving team will get its first taste of competition this season, as the team is set to compete in a two-day, virtual meet with Notre Dame from Nov. 6-7.

Action begins at 4:30 p.m. ET on Friday and continues at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday. The two teams will swim simultaneously at their respective venues, with the Mountaineers competing at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown, and the Fighting Irish swimming at Rolfs Aquatic Center in South Bend, Indiana.

Results from the meet will be available on the Meet Mobile app.

“Due to COVID-19, we aren’t able to compete in-person this fall, and we had a virtual meet lined up for next weekend,” Mountaineer coach Vic Riggs said. “Unfortunately, I was informed on Thursday that our competition was forced to cancel. However, I also read that Notre Dame’s meet for this weekend was canceled as well, so I contacted (Notre Dame head coach) Mike (Litzinger) and asked if he would be interested in doing a virtual dual meet. Thankfully, he was as excited about it as I was.

“Our men’s and women’s teams have done such a great job this fall under very difficult circumstances. I felt it was very important to give them an opportunity to compete against another team, and now we have that opportunity. The teams are excited, and we look forward to competing this weekend.”

WVU and Notre Dame are set to compete this weekend for the first time since 2008-09, when the Fighting Irish earned a pair of victories over the Mountaineers.

Riggs enters his 14th season at the helm of the WVU swimming and diving program in 2020-21. He led the men’s team to a 5-1 dual-meet record in 2019-20, while the women posted a 3-3 record last season.

Additionally, the Mountaineers welcome first-year diving coach, Karla Helder, to the team this season. Helder arrived at WVU in August, after serving as the diving coach at San Jose State, Buffalo and the University of California at Davis.

Last year, West Virginia held its inaugural season at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park. The team hosted nine home meets in the new facility, headlined by the 2020 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship and the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships.

Four Mountaineers qualified for the 2020 NCAA Championships last season, including a pair of divers for the first time since 1983. The championships were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

WVU welcomes 17 newcomers to the squad this season, while 41 student-athletes return for the 2020-21 campaign.

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