CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- George Washington's boys set a new standard Friday, and the Patriot girls' tears of frustration finally turned into those of joy.
GW captured its third straight championship in the boys division while breaking the jinx on the girls side with a title after six runner-up finishes in the past eight years. The 15th state swim meet took place at the West Virginia University Natatorium in Morgantown.
Only once before had a school captured both crowns in the same meet - Fairmont Senior in 2006. The Secondary School Activities Commission began recognizing state swimming titles in 1999.
"It's really been an amazing day,'' GW coach Melissa Case said in a phone interview. "To see the kids so happy and so supportive of each other makes everything we go through day after day swimming laps up and down all worth it.
"In both boys and girls meets we had a couple of little bumps, but these kids pulled themselves right back together and dealt with disappointments and swam harder the next race.''
It got even better Friday for swimmers from the Kanawha Valley as South Charleston senior Austin Green continued his torrid pace, setting one state meet record and earning All-America status in two events.
Charleston Catholic's brother-sister tandem of senior Nate Carr and sophomore Morgan Carr also had a day to remember. Nate Carr repeated as state champion in a pair of events, setting the only other state meet mark on the boys side, and both times earned All-America consideration. Morgan Carr captured the 100 butterfly with a record pace and also won the 500 freestyle.
GW has now won the boys title four of the last five years and is the only repeat champion other than Fairmont Senior, which won 10 in a row from 1999-2008. The Patriots interrupted the Polar Bears' run in 2009 with their first championship.
The Patriot boys beat out runner-up Bridgeport on Friday by a comfortable 36-point cushion (192-156). Notre Dame was third with 118 points followed by Charleston Catholic (113) and South Charleston (111).
"We definitely deserved it,'' said GW junior Zach Kidd, who has been a part of the last three titles. "With the loss of several important seniors from last year we really had to work with what we had this year.''
Kidd said it wasn't smooth sailing as a GW teammate had to fight through illness Thursday and Friday while the squad overcame a disqualification during Thursday's opening day.
"We hit a couple of hard spots at states and we worked through them as always,'' said the junior, who was part of the Patriots' only runner-up finishes in the 500 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays. "The team pulled through again. I think it says we're going to be looking for another one next year.''
Speaking to GW's depth, the Patriots didn't have a single individual state titlist and only won the 200-yard medley relay, Friday's first event, behind junior Chris Kay, sophomore Nick Peyatte, senior Jacob Nason and junior Josh Barnette.
"The boys medley relay certainly got us off to a good start,'' Case said. "It came 29 hundredths of a second within a state record. It got the guys fired up.
"I gotta say I'm really proud of all of them. It's tough to hold it together for two days and swim their best. As a group they did that. A couple of them didn't have the swim they hoped for. It really says a lot about them and they really worked together as a team.''
After winning back-to-back championships in 2003-04, GW's girls finished runner-up a half-dozen times, the most recent last year.