2013-14 Swimming Slate Released

  • By Jonathan Harkey
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  • August 16, 2013 10:59 AM
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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - West Virginia University Director of Athletics Oliver Luck has released the 2013-14 swimming and diving schedule.

“Coach Vic Riggs has put together a good schedule full of tough dual meets and invitationals,” Luck says. “Aside from the traditional opponents, the team will also be able to take on some of the top teams in the Big 12, SEC and ACC. I look forward to seeing Coach Riggs build on the success he had in year one of the Big 12.”

"This year's schedule will both be challenging and exciting,” coach Vic Riggs says. “With the additions of Virginia, Texas, Ohio State and the Mizzou Invite to our schedule, it adds to the competitions and caliber of athletes we need to race and compete against to prepare our teams for the Big 12 and NCAA Championships.”

The Mountaineers begin the season with the Gold-Blue intrasquad meet on Oct. 5th, which includes the Mountaineer Swimming Celebration Dinner.

West Virginia’s first official meet will be when it hosts the third annual West Virginia State Games from Oct. 11-12. Both the men’s and women’s squads placed first last season in the event, which features multiple schools from the Mountain State. This year’s field includes Marshall, Davis & Elkins, Fairmont State, West Virginia Tech, West Virginia Wesleyan and Wheeling Jesuit.

The next week will have the Mountaineers traveling to State College, Pa. to face off with Penn State on Oct. 18.

The fall schedule continues with the WVU Invitational from Oct. 25-26, which features Villanova, James Madison and Cincinnati. James Madison features just a women’s squad.

"I’m excited to introduce another new event with the WVU Invitational, which is like the West Virginia State Games in that it will be a two-day meet,” Riggs says.

The teams are off one week before hitting the road to Charlottesville, Va., from Nov. 8-9 to compete in the Big 12 vs. ACC Swimming Challenge. This event features fellow Big 12 member Texas, Virginia, and other squads from the conferences.

The fall slate ends with another new event for the Mountaineers in the Mizzou Invite, which runs from Nov. 21-23 at Missouri.

After a short winter break, the Mountaineers travel to the Jacobs Aquatic Center in Key Largo, Fla., from Dec. 26-Jan. 6, which also includes competing in the Orange Bowl Classic. The squads finish their training trip at the Coral Springs Aquatic Center in Coral Springs, Fla.

The spring slate begins when the Mountaineers host Pitt in the Backyard Brawl on Jan. 11. The first conference meet of the year takes place next week, when the teams travel to Fort Worth, Texas, to face Big 12 foe TCU on Jan. 18.

The teams are off for a week before splitting up to travel to different meets, which will finish the regular season. The men will travel to Ohio State on Jan. 31, and the women will battle at Ohio on Feb. 1 with Iowa State.

“Having traditional dual meets against Ohio State, Penn State, Pitt and TCU gives this meet schedule a great blend of championship style meets and dual meets to challenge and prepare the teams for the postseason.” Riggs say.

Following a four week training break, the teams begin their postseason meets with the Big 12 Championships from Feb. 26-March 1, at Texas.

Divers who qualify will participate in the NCAA Zone “A” Regional Championships for a chance to go to the national competition later in the spring. The dates and location of the event is yet to be determined.

The season concludes with the NCAA Championships, where the women’s competition is held from March 20-22 at Minnesota and the men’s meet is from March 27-29 at Texas.

All WVU home swimming meets this season will be held at the WVU Natatorium.