TACOMA, Washington – The University of Puget Sound will co-host the 2021 NCAA Division-III Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, the NCAA recently announced. The Championships will take place March 17-20, 2021, and will include nearly 500 student-athletes from across the country.
Puget Sound will host in conjunction with fellow Northwest Conference member Pacific Lutheran University and the Seattle Sports Commission.
"Puget Sound is honored to co-host this prestigious event and bring the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships to the West Coast," said Puget Sound Director of Athletics Amy Hackett. "We look forward to showcasing the region to the participants and allow our community to watch elite-level swimmers and divers compete."
It will be the first time the NCAA D-III Swimming and Diving Championships are held west of Minneapolis.
The Loggers are no strangers to the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. The past three Northwest Conference Swimming Championships have been held in Federal Way, and Puget Sound hosts the 2019 NWC Swimming Championships in the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, Feb. 8-10.
"Through the years, the NCAA has done a great job of selecting top-notch facilities for the NCAA D-III Swimming and Diving Championships," said Puget Sound swimming head coach Chris Myhre. "I've been fortunate to visit several of those facilities with Puget Sound swimmers, and I'm excited that the NCAA selected the world-class venue we have in our own back yard. Puget Sound teams have competed for numerous Northwest Conference Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center. I'm looking forward to competing for national titles in the same wonderful facility."
IN THEIR WORDS
- "The Federal Way facility is one of the nation's finest facilities for swimming and diving." – Ralph Morton, Seattle Sports Commission Executive Director.
- "We are honored and excited to have the opportunity to showcase Federal Way and the Aquatic Center under the national spotlight as part of the 2021 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. We look forward to welcoming the athletes, coaches, their families and swimming and diving fans from all over the country." - Jim Ferrell, Federal Way Mayor.
- "It is very exciting to showcase the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving championships on the West Coast. This is a rare occurrence. The opportunity to partner with the Seattle Sports Commission, King County Aquatics Center and the University of Puget Sound to create a first-class event for the student-athletes while providing the northwest swimming community and beyond a championship experience is fantastic" - Laurie Turner, Pacific Lutheran Athletic Director.
- "The King County Aquatic Center has a long and storied history of successfully hosting major swimming and diving championship events at the highest level. We are thrilled that Wednesday's announcement will lead to additional opportunities for Federal Way to shine and showcase all that it has to offer." – Mike Dunwiddie, King County Aquatic Center Facilities Director.