Davis, who finished fifth in the 100 backstroke and sixth in the 50 freestyle at last year's state meet, said that while she would try to help her younger teammates prepare, even she would have some jitters today.
"There's always nerves," Davis said. "You just have to not think about it. But whenever you get into that pool and everyone's there, you're just blown away."
Most of the competition ends up blown away when GW's teams come calling. The Patriots have established themselves as one of the most consistent programs by any school in any sport over the past 10 years or so, but Case won't take much credit for what her teams have accomplished.
"To be honest, it's not anything I do," she said. "What I actually do is I try to convince them they can do it. Some of these kids don't need convincing because they are so motivated on their own. They're fast, they want to get faster, and they motivate each other. I just have to be there to facilitate that."
While George Washington gets most of the local limelight on a team level, several other area swimmers have excellent chances at either winning or defending state championships.
Madisyn Lyons of Winfield tied Davis for high point-honors at the Region 4 meet and is looking to break through in the 200 individual medley and 500 freestyle after finishing second in both of those events last year as a freshman.
Also on the girls side will be Charleston Catholic sophomore Morgan Carr, who set a Region 4 meet record in the 100 butterfly with a time of 58.98.
Her brother, Catholic senior Nate Carr, has already tasted success at the state meet after winning the 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley last year, and he will try to defend those titles over the next two days.
"There's lots of emotions because I'm going through my last time with all this stuff," Nate Carr said. "I want to make the most of the time I have left at Catholic because these guys have been great to me my whole high school career."
South Charleston's Austin Green will try to defend his 100 breaststroke championship while going after a 100 butterfly title.
Green also won the 100 freestyle title last year, but teammate Adam Poe will try to make it a repeat for the Black Eagles after winning the event at the Region 4 meet. Poe will also try to pick up a 50 freestyle title after winning that event at regionals.