CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- After once again blowing by the field at Saturday's Region 4 swim meet in Huntington, the George Washington boys and girls will look to continue another dynasty this week.
The state swim meet will kick off today with the girls starting at 8:30 a.m. and the boys session getting underway at 4:40 p.m. in Morgantown. The event will finish up at the same times on Friday.
The Patriot boys will be vying for their fourth title in a row while the girls will look to capture their second straight crown after finishing second six of the previous eight years.
Coach Melissa Case got just the effort she was looking for in Huntington, with the boys and girls winning by 63 and 95-point margins, respectively, over Hurricane, which finished second on both sides.
According to swimwv.com's predictions, GW is the favorite in both boys and girls heading into today.
"My kids are pretty excited," Case said. "We all know swimwv isn't always right, but we certainly don't want to prove them wrong this year. They're ready to go and they're comfortable being on top, which is a good thing.
"The kids are great and they do what they need to do, which makes my job a lot easier. The state meet is the most exciting meet of the year, and that's what we try to think about the entire season."
The Patriots' boys will be led by senior Zach Kidd, who will be looking for a bit of personal redemption after finishing third in the 200-yard freestyle and second in the 500 freestyle at last year's state meet.
Kidd enters today with the top time in the state in the 500 by just under 10 seconds while he is just .23 seconds off the fastest time in the 200, owned by Parkersburg South's Joe Miller.
"I'm looking for some best times," Kidd said. "I'm just trying to win. I think my teammates are ready. We've had some really interesting swims this year because of [weather and water], but I think we're ready."
Kidd won't be the only one trying to break through after not winning last year.
South Charleston's Adam Poe also came home with a second and a third place last year in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle, respectively.
Poe qualified with wins in the 50 free and the 100 butterfly this year and the junior enters with the top heat times in both events.
"I'm working really hard, trying to go into states and maybe win two races," Poe said. "I've gotten a second and a third both years, freshman and sophomore year, and I'm just looking to go in this year and come out with two firsts. The times are really good and I think I stand really well. When it comes race time I'm going to go even faster than I did [at regionals]."
Hurricane senior Zach Shurow could also be poised for a breakout after finishing second last year in the 100 breaststroke and coming into today with the top heat time. He also qualified for the 100 freestyle and owns the top time.