So the experience is there, and with it the expectations. Green, however, doesn't mind a little bit of pressure going into the biggest meet of the season.
"Pressure's never a bad thing,'' he said Wednesday. "It makes you perform better. But I definitely don't want to disappoint. I want to go up and swim my best. That's all you can ever ask for.''
Carroll thinks her boys team is tournament-tested and can shine under the spotlight.
"A little bit of pressure is something we thrive under,'' she said. "They like to compete and see where they stand in the state. Pressure can be a good thing if we do our best up there. Now it's all down to the next few days.''
Green thinks a third-place finish is quite possible for SC's "little team that can.''
"I think we'll definitely place a lot better than we have before,'' he said. "Goals are always important. I'd like to drop my times and also the relay times. I'd most definitely like to win the 200 free [relay] and possibly even the medley. I think we stand a chance to finish very high in both races.''
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.