Four WVU Men’s Swimming & Diving Team Members Selected All-Americans
Four members of the West Virginia University men’s swimming and diving team were selected to the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) All-America Team, as announced by the CSCAA on Wednesday.
Junior David Dixon, redshirt sophomore Jacob Cardinal Tremblay, sophomore Nick Cover and freshman Hunter Armstrong were selected to the All-America team. Dixon was selected in the 200 butterfly, Tremblay in platform and 3-meter springboard, Cover in platform and Armstrong in the 100 backstroke.
Due to the cancellation of the 2020 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships, the CSCAA Board adjusted the selection criteria for All-America distinction, resulting in an unprecedented number of national honorees across all divisions. Qualification standards in Division I included all relays achieving “A” standards, individuals selected to the NCAA Championships and divers entered in uncontested events from the Zone C Diving Qualification meet.
“I’m very glad these four have been recognized for their incredible seasons during a difficult time for all of them,” Mountaineer coach Vic Riggs said. “Each of them will be able to look back on this season with a sense of accomplishment in receiving the highest honor one can achieve in our sport.”
“This is an incredible honor for these student-athletes during these unfortunate circumstances,” diving coach Michael Grapner said. “Both Jacob and Nick worked very hard this season to qualify for the NCAA Championships, and for them to receive All-America status is just one more feather in their caps.”
This season’s All-America honors are the Mountaineers’ first since 2014, when Bryce Bohman earned the distinction in the 100 and 200 backstroke. Most recently, Jake Armstrong earned Honorable Mention All-America honors at the 2018 NCAA Championships. WVU’s four selections mark the most honorees in a single season since 2007 when four Mountaineers received All-America distinction and seven were named Honorable Mention All-America.
Additionally, Tremblay and Cover are the first WVU divers to earn All-America status in school history.
Dixon and Armstrong learned they would be competing in the NCAA Championships after earning bids in their respective events in March, while Tremblay and Cover qualified for the national meet at the 2020 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships in Morgantown on March 11.
With the bid, Dixon qualified to compete at the NCAA Championships for the third consecutive season, becoming the first Mountaineer to do so since John Havlik made three-straight appearances from 1978-80. Armstrong was set to compete at the national meet for the first time in his career.
For Tremblay and Cover, the duo became the first Mountaineer divers to qualify for the NCAA Championships since Bill Treasurer competed on 1- and 3-meter springboard in 1983. Additionally, Tremblay and Cover are Grapner’s first divers to qualify for the championships in his coaching career.
West Virginia concluded the 2019-20 season after hosting the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship and the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park, for the first time in school history. The men’s team earned a second-place finish at the Big 12 Championship, while the women finished in fifth. West Virginia combined to earn 11 total medals at the conference meet, including five silver and six bronze.
A trio of diving records also were shattered during the championship, as redshirt senior Austin Smith, Cover and freshman Holly Darling reached record-breaking marks in the platform diving competition. Ten divers then went on to compete in the Zone Championships, as Tremblay and Cover highlighted the week by qualifying for the NCAA Championships.