King County Aquatic Center to host Big 12 Championships in 2025

Venue will also host NCAA Division 1 Men’s and Women’s Championships in 2025.

Along with hosting Olympic Trials and WIAA State competitions, the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way will add another massive event to its already stacked resume.

From Feb. 25, 2025, to Mar. 1, 2025, the Big 12 will host its season ending Big 12 Swim and Dive Championships at the aquatic center, the Big 12 announced Feb. 15.

“We are excited to welcome all Big 12 and NCAA Division I collegiate athletes and their families to make the City of Federal Way their ‘home away from home’ for the 2025 Swimming and Diving Championships. Federal Way is centered on opportunities for these athletes to visit, compete and play. Congratulations athletes and Welcome to Federal Way,” Federal Way Mayor Jim Ferrell said in a statement to the Big 12.

This will also be the first Big 12 season with new additions to the conference: Arizona, Arizona State and Utah with compete against BYU, Cincinnati, Houston, Iowa State, Kansas, TCU and West Virginia.

It is the first neutral site to host the Big 12 Championship since the conference began in 1997. The closest school to Federal Way that will be competing is the University of Utah, which is 837 miles away. The team traveling the farthest is West Virginia — the Mountaineers will be trekking 2,594 miles from Morgantown.

“We’re honored to host the Big 12 Swimming and Diving Championship, offering a modernized facility that provides an outstanding experience for elite athletes and their fans,” said King County Executive Dow Constantine to the Big 12. “We’ve made significant improvements at our Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in recent years, making it brighter, more energy efficient, and more comfortable for swimmers of all ages and abilities, including collegiate superstars.”

Along with the Big 12 championship, the aquatic center will also host the NCAA D1 Men’s and Women’s Swim and Dive competition in 2025.