Jake Armstrong means business.
In class, the senior from Dover, Ohio, majors in entrepreneurship and innovation at the John Chambers College of Business and Economics. But outside the classroom, this is a big week for Jake, who will represent West Virginia University at the 2019 NCAA Men’s Swimming and Diving Championships March 28-30 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, in Austin, Texas.
Armstrong qualified for the national meet in the 100 breaststroke, where he earned a top time of 52.35 at the 2019 Big 12 Championship. The mark is good for No. 25 nationally entering the event.
This season, Armstrong recently earned three silver medals at the Big 12 Championship in Austin. Along with helping the 200 and 400 medley relay teams to second-place finishes, he also placed second in the 100 breast in a time of 52.35. Previously, Armstrong won Big 12 titles in the 100 breast in 2017 and 2018.
At last year’s NCAA Men’s Championships in Minneapolis, Minnesota, Armstrong tied for 14th place in the 100 breast in a time of 52.69, earning honorable mention All-America honors. He became WVU’s first men’s All-American since Bryce Bohman in 2014.
Armstrong also placed 46th in the 200 breast (1:58.66) at the NCAA meet last season.ESPN will provide live coverage for each night’s finals session on ESPN3. Preliminary sessions will be available for live streaming at texassports.com. Preliminaries for all three days are set to begin at 11 a.m. ET, with finals sessions scheduled for 7 p.m. Fans also can follow along with the meet’s live results, courtesy of sidearmsports.com.