WVU set to host Big 12 Championship at Aquatics Center
MORGANTOWN, WV — For the second time in program history, West Virginia University’s men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will host the 2022 Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championships, from May 23 to Feb. 26, at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park, Morgantown.
The championship is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 10 a.m. ET, with finals scheduled for 5 p.m. The remaining three days of competition will start with the preliminaries, starting at 10 a.m., while the final sessions are scheduled to start at 6 p.m. every day.
Wednesday admission is free for the whole day. Tickets for all preliminary sessions from Thursday to Saturday are $6, while tickets for the finals are $10. Tickets can be purchased at WVUGAME.com or in person at the Aquatic Center at the Mylan Park Box Office, located on the second floor.
Big 12 Now on ESPN+ is expected to provide streaming coverage of the Championship, while live results are available at WVUSports.com/swimresults. Kyle Sockwell will host the show, with Josh Davis and Natalie Kalibat as analysts. Fans can also follow by visiting Big12swim.wvusports.com, which features fixture schedules, live scores, ticket information and more.
“It’s an exciting time of year for swimming and diving,” said the mountaineer coach Vic Riggs noted. “There’s a lot of fast swimming and great diving all over the country. Hosting the Big 12 Championship brings a level of comfort with competing in our home pool. With that, it’s time to enjoy the moment and make our best.”
Wednesday’s events include the 200 medley relay, men’s 1 meter dive and 800 medley relay, while Thursday includes the 500 medley, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, women’s 1 meter dive and 400 medley relay. Events scheduled for Friday include the men’s and women’s 3-metre dive, 100 butterfly, 400 individual medley, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 200 freestyle relay. The championship ends Saturday with the men’s and women’s platform, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 1,650 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly and 400 freestyle relay.
At the 2021 Big 12 Championship in Austin, the Mountaineer men earned a second-place finish with 850 points, while the women finished fourth with 526. In total, WVU combined to earn 11 medals in the conference meet, including four of silver and seven of bronze. . Additionally, West Virginia had a pair of Big 12 program records, including then-junior by PJ Lenz score on the platform (377.00) and the women’s 200m freestyle relay.
Joining West Virginia in Morgantown for the 2022 Big 12 Championship are conference foes Iowa State (women only), Kansas (women only), TCU and Texas. The Longhorns are the only Big 12 representatives in the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association (CSCAA) TYR Top 25 polls entering the Big 12 encounter. The men’s team leads the standings in first place, while women are ranked No. 2.
The Mountaineer men’s team enters the Big 12 Championship with a 1-0 mark in doubles, while the women finished the season 0-2 in doubles and 0-1 in the Big 12. Both teams closed the regular season by hosting Villanova and Iowa State (women) on January 22. The men outscored Villanova 195-96, while the women fell to the Cyclones (198-101) and Wildcats (177-120).
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