West Virginia Adds Delaney Cox for the Fall of 2023

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Making the decision to move from Virginia to West Virginia, Delaney Cox has announced that she will be joining the West Virginia University swimming and diving team in the fall of 2023. Cox is currently in her junior season at Lafayette High School in Williamsburg, Virginia.

I am BEYOND excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at West Virginia University! A big thank you to all my coaches, friends, and family for all of your support. I can’t wait to be a mountaineer! #hailWV
Cox specializes in the backstroke events and competed in both over the summer at the Futures Championships in Richmond. While she was slightly off of her best times in both races, she qualified for finals in the 200. There, she touched 29th in a time of 2:24.23. She also took 57th in the 100 back (1:07:25) and 71st in the 400 IM (5:25.36). That meet came just two weeks after she picked up numerous lifetime bests at the Virginia Swimming Senior Championships (LCM). There, she hit personal best times in the 50 free (28.92), 200 free (2:11.69), 400 free (4:42.10), 100 fly (1:07.20), and 200 IM (2:30.64). She also added a 13th place finish in the 100 back (1:06.28).
Many of Cox’s lifetime best times come from last spring at the Virginia Swimming Senior Championships (SCY). At that meet, she hit new bests in both backstroke races, stopping the clock in the 100 at 55.49 and in the 200 at 2:01.00. She also added new bests in the 200 IM (2:08.73) and 400 IM (4:30.05).

Top SCY Times

  • 100 free – 53.36
  • 200 free – 1:54.12
  • 500 free – 5:09.51
  • 100 back – 55.86
  • 200 back – 2:01.00
  • 200 IM – 2:08.73
  • 400 IM – 4:30.05

Last season, the West Virginia women came in 5th out of the five teams that compete in the Big-12 Conference. The Mountaineers only had one woman medal at the meet, with Emily Haimes taking bronze in the 100 fly. Haimes has since left the program to swim at the University of Nebraska, giving WVU no returning medalists this season.

WVU currently has a strong underclassmen group in the backstroke events, with the top-3 times in the 200 back all having at least two years of eligibility remaining after this year. Freshman Emily Knorr currently leads the program in the 200 back, having touched in 1:59.06 in the event at the WVU Invite earlier this season. Cox will have two years of overlap with her when she arrives on campus in 2023.

Already this season, the team’s 100 back school record has been broken. Ana Zortea, a transfer from Florida State, set the school record in a time of 53.41. Zortea is in her final year of eligibility.

While WVU took 5th in the Big-12 last season, the conference will look entirely different before the end of her college career. The University of Texas has announced that they will be leaving the conference within the next five years. In its place, the Big-12 will be adding BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, and Central Florida to its ranks by the 2024-25 school year.


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