CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington put itself in prime position to pull off a rare boys-girls sweep, a South Charleston swimmer splashed his way to All-America status with a torrid time and Charleston Catholic siblings turned in the day's only two meet records.
All in all, not a bad day for the Kanawha Valley during the opening round of the state swim meet Thursday at the West Virginia University Natatorium in Morgantown.
GW, which has a shot at taking home both the boys and girls team titles, qualified 14 entries into the championship heat in the girls meet and 12 more in the boys meet. The Patriots have claimed three of the last four state titles in the boys division, but have never won on the girls side despite six runner-up finishes over the last eight years.
"We're super pleased, definitely,'' said GW coach Melissa Case in a telephone interview. "The kids are excited because it's both the boys and girls [contending], but especially the girls because they've just really worked hard to get there and just keep cranking.
"They're taking it up a notch every time they get in the water. It's their ability to do well and just feed off each other. Right now, it's really fun to watch them swim. They've turned in some amazing times.''
Only once has a school captured both crowns in the same meet - Fairmont Senior in 2006. The SSAC began recognizing state championships in 1999.
SC's Austin Green, meanwhile, turned in his All-America time in the 100-yard butterfly with a preliminary clocking of 49.74 seconds. Any high school time of 49.79 or under in that event earns automatic All-America status by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.
Green's other individual event, the 100 breaststroke qualifier, also went well as he turned in a time of 57.57 seconds - just off his own meet mark of 57.50. It was fast enough for All-America consideration, but not automatic recognition, which takes a time of 57.08 or less.
"I'm very happy with my results,'' Green said. "There's always room for improvement, and that's definitely what I'll be doing tomorrow - seeking more improvement.
"Our relay teams did well, too. It's pretty exciting. We're ready to go out and go get it [today].''
The lone meet mark in the boys division came from Charleston Catholic senior Nate Carr in the 100 backstroke with a time of 51.28 seconds. In the girls division, his younger sister, sophomore Morgan Carr, sped to a clocking of 58.49 in the 100 butterfly for the day's other meet record.
Morgan Carr also owned the top time in the 500 free, and Winfield's Madisyn Lyons led qualifiers in the 200 individual medley.
No team points were scored during the opening day, which is a series of preliminaries set up to qualify entries into the championship or consolation rounds for today.
The top six times in individual and relay events on Thursday advanced entries into today's championship heat that determines places one to six. The next six-fastest times in Thursday's qualifiers compete in the consolation heat for places seven to 12. Relays score double points.
GW's girls produced the top preliminary times in three events - the 200 medley relay, the 400 free relay and Emily Hageboeck in the 100 breaststroke. On the boys side, the 200 medley team posted the No. 1 qualifying time for the finals, as did Zach Kidd in the 500 free. GW had three of the top-five fastest results in the grueling event.