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WVU roundup: 3 swimmers make NCAA meet

Created on:   Wed, Mar 7, 2018   9:50 PM

Last modified:   Wed, Mar 7, 2018   9:50 PM

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MORGANTOWN — Junior Jake Armstrong, redshirt junior Tristen Di Sibio and freshman David Dixon, of the WVU men’s swimming and diving team, qualified for the NCAA meet, as announced March 7.

Armstrong and Di Sibio qualified for the 100 breaststroke, while Dixon will swim in the 200 butterfly. They are the first Mountaineers men to qualify for the national meet since Andrew Marsh, in 2016.

Armstrong and Di Sibio will also compete in the 200 breaststroke, and Dixon in the 200 and 400 individual medleys, based on NCAA “B” cut times.

The meet is March 21-24, in Minneapolis.

“One of our goals this year was to get both teams back to NCAAs,” WVU coach Vic Riggs said. “With Jake, David and Tristen being invited, we have done that. Each have done a great job, and this is well-deserved. This is a huge step in the right direction for the men’s program. We’ll get to work and are honored to represent WVU and the state of West Virginia at NCAAs in a few weeks.”

Sophomore Morgan Bullock and junior Emma Harris, from the women’s team, also are national qualifiers. Their meet is March 14-17, in Columbus, Ohio.

Armstrong defended his Big 12 100 breaststroke title at the conference championship, with a school-record time of 52.11 in the preliminary round and a 52.59 in the final. He won one goal, two silver and one bronze medal at the four-day meet.

Di Sibio swam 52.75 in the 100 breaststroke finals at the Big 12 meet, second behind Armstrong. He won the 200 breaststroke title, in 1:56.00.

Dixon took down the 200 butterfly school record twice at the Big 12 meet. He finished in 1:42.50 in the final, good for a silver medal, one of three he won at the meet.


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