The West Virginia University men’s and women’s swim and dive teams are ready for their first home game of the new year, as they play host to Villanova and the state of Iowa on Saturday, January 22.
WVU plans to recognize its seniors ahead of the start of the meet, starting at 10:45 a.m. ET, with competition starting at 11 a.m., at the Aquatic Center in Mylan Park.
Live results from the meet can be found at WVUSports.com/swimresults, while dive results will also be available on Divemeets.com.
“It will be fun and necessary to participate this weekend as we had to cancel the Backyard Brawl,” said Mountaineer coach Vic Riggs. “This weekend will help us make the necessary adjustments as we head into our Big 12 Championship preparations.
“We are excited to celebrate our seniors this Saturday against Iowa State and Villanova. The staff and I are very proud of each of them and look forward to what the future will bring for each of them.”
The last meeting between WVU, ISU and Villanova was during the 2019-20 season. The men’s team took the win (195-96) over Villanova, while the women fell short, 156-144. Additionally, the Mountaineer women took a Big 12 win over the Cyclones on January 30, 2020, surpassing Iowa State, 167-133.
Against Villanova, then-junior Max Gustafson set a pool record in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:35.64. Three other current Mountaineers took victories over the Wildcats, including Fausto Huerta (400 individual medley, 100 breaststroke, 200 breaststroke), Mathilde Kaelbel (400 medley and 200 breaststroke), and diver Camille Burt (3 yards and 1 meter).
At the 2020 Iowa State meeting, Burt took second on both 1-meter (273.23) and 3-meter (287.55), both NCAA Zones qualifying scores. Back in the competition pool, Kaelbel finished first in the 200 breast (2:22.59) and was a member of the first place 200 medley relay.
West Virginia last participated in the WVU Invitational in Morgantown on November 18-20. The deserved men’s team won the finish with 2,551 points, ahead of Villanova who came in second with 1,612.5. On the women’s side, the Mountaineers took first with 1,871 points and the Wildcats took second with 1,797.5 points. Fifth-year Ana Zortea highlighted day two of the invitation when she broke a program record in the women’s 100m backstroke with a time of 53.41.
Iowa State comes into Saturday’s game with a 6-1 record in dual-meet action. The Cyclones are led by All-American head coach Duane Sorenson, who has started his 25th season with ISU this year.
The Villanova women come to Morgantown with a 5-1 dual meet record, and the men’s team enters the finish line with a 3-2 record in dual meet action. Both teams are led by coach Rick Simpson.
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