The Life of a Mountaineer – David Dixon
MORGANTOWN, West Virginia – by David Dixon familiarity with West Virginia University really didn’t matter when it came to choosing to compete for Vic Riggs‘ Alpinist program of swimming and diving.
It was the positive atmosphere and the team culture that really won him over.
“The main thing that brought me to WVU was the team,” he explains. “I’ve been on a few trips to different schools and this one really stood out for the coaches and the culture they have. My parents also graduated from WVU which also helped a bit, although they never really pushed me to come here.
“It turned out that I fell in love with the place and the team, and that’s why I came here,” he adds.
Dixon and senior diver P. J. Lenz qualified for this year’s NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend at Georgia Tech in Atlanta.
Dixon will compete in the 200 butterfly, 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. The Richmond, Va., native is a two-time Big 12 champion in the 200 butterfly, but he said his most memorable moment came during his freshman year when he placed second in the Big 12.
“I didn’t win it, but I did really well and made NCAAs,” he says. “I got out of the pool, and the whole team was there and were so excited for me. It didn’t matter if I won or lost, they were just happy to see me succeed and be in this position. is something that has stuck with me and something that I often think about.
He says his recent victory in the 200m butterfly at the Mountaineer Aquatic Center in Mylan Park was also very memorable.
“It meant a lot, for sure, because it happened in our home pool,” Dixon notes. “Once before I won my freshman year, but that was in Texas, and the last time we had it in Morgantown, I got second place, so standing on the podium in second place, I feel like I’m like, ‘Man, next time I’m here, I’m going to be standing on the first place podium.
“I did it and it was really special.”
Dixon is the only five-year NCAA qualifier in school history and admits his experiences at West Virginia University exceeded his wildest imagination.
“I came here with some expectations of what it would be like, but it ruined everything. Every day I have to put on my West Virginia swim and dive suit and represent the school and the program as best I can. I can,” he concludes.
Dixon’s first event is the preliminary round of the 200 IM on Thursday. The 100 and 200 butterfly preliminaries are scheduled for Friday.
This week’s Mountaineer Life was produced by Megan Crain and is presented by WVU Medicine.