Three members of the West Virginia University men’s and women’s swimming and diving team travel to USA Swimming’s 2019 Phillips 66 U.S. National Championships, from July 31-Aug. 4, in Stanford, California.
Seniors Morgan Bullock and Julia Nilton and junior David Dixon will represent the Mountaineers at the five-day, long-course meters event held at the Stanford Avery Aquatic Center. Bullock is set to compete in the 200 butterfly, and Nilton will compete in the 50 freestyle. Dixon will swim in three events, as he competes in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 individual medley.
“David, Julia and Morgan have had a strong summer of training and competing,” Mountaineer coach Vic Riggs said. “To compete at U.S. Nationals is a great opportunity for them heading into the season and the Olympic year.”
Bullock and Dixon also qualified for the U.S. Nationals last summer. Bullock swam in the 200 fly and 200 IM, while Dixon competed in the 200 fly, 200 breast and 400 IM. The pair also qualified for the 2019 NCAA National Championships in March.
Earlier this year, Dixon collected two Big 12 individual championships in the 100 fly and 200 fly at the Big 12 Championship in February. The Richmond, Virginia, native became the first Mountaineer since 2014 to win multiple Big 12 titles in a single season.
Daily preliminaries in Stanford are set to begin at 12 p.m. ET, each day, with finals sessions set for 8 p.m. Prelims will be streamed live on usaswimming.org. NBC Sports also will provide coverage of the five-day national meet across NBC, NBC Sports Network and the Olympic Channel platforms.
Below is a schedule of events for Mountaineer swimmers.
Wednesday (Day 1)
- Bullock (200 fly)
- Dixon (200 fly)
Friday (Day 3)
- Dixon (100 fly)
Sunday (Day 5)
- Dixon (200 IM)
- Nilton (50 free)
Additionally, nine Mountaineers are set to represent WVU at the 2019 USA Swimming Futures Championships in Geneva, Ohio from Aug. 1-4. Seniors Brandon Christian, Sam Neaveill, Jack Portmann and Trayton Saladin, juniors Ben Brooks, Christopher O’Shea and Angelo Russo and sophomores Josh Harlan and Josh Madzy are scheduled to compete in Geneva this weekend.
Junior Giselle Gursoy also is gearing up for competition in the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru this August. Gursoy will represent Team Trinidad and Tobago at the international competition.