Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP SWIMMING - STATE MEET ; GW Chasing More Titles; Patriot Boys Seek 6th in a Row, Girls 4th

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

PREP SWIMMING - STATE MEET ; GW Chasing More Titles; Patriot Boys Seek 6th in a Row, Girls 4th

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Several George Washington swimmers are looking to take another step forward at the state meet held at the West Virginia University Natatorium today and Friday, and their success in doing so will determine whether the Patriots will keep their stranglehold on the sport for another year. The GW boys team will look to capture its sixth straight state championship while the Patriot girls are in pursuit of a fourth in a row as competition gets underway today. Girls competition starts at 8:30 a.m. and the boys dive in at 4:40 p.m. Those are the scheduled times for Friday's competition as well.

The top three individuals in each event from each of the four regions qualified for the state meet, as did the next 12 fastest times across all regions. For team relays, the top three from each region qualified in addition to the next six fastest times.

Often over the past handful of years, GW has been far and away the favorite entering the state meet, but that might not be the case this season.

The Mountain State Athletic Conference tournament may have served as a bit of an eye-opener for the Patriots as the Parkersburg girls dethroned GW and the Huntington boys came in tied for first with the Patriots.

But after GW swept the Region 4 meet at Marshall on Feb. 6, the Patriots seem to be back on track. GW coach Kaycee McCormick said postseason meets may set up better for her team.

"We have a lot of quality and not as much quantity, McCormick said. "When it gets to the state meet side, you take the most talented swimmers and that's all that matters and that helps us a lot. That doesn't mean we have anything in the bag or anything, but we strategize to get to regionals and that paid off [at the Region 4 meet]. But we're happy to get a little competition and lose a little bit, it makes you humble. You can't go in always thinking you're going to be the winner. Maybe nothing is going to come as easy, but we're coming to the state meet and gunning for wins and it's attainable as long as everyone swims as hard as they can.

GW has a few swimmers who narrowly missed state championship wins last year but could be poised to claim titles this time around. …

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