GW also had a fifth No. 1 seed as David Nason led qualifying in the 100 butterfly at 53.65 seconds, beating South Charleston's Adam Poe (53.91), the meet favorite in the event. Nason and Josh Barnette also competed on both of GW's top-seeded relay teams.
Surprising Notre Dame turned in three No. 1 seeds, led by Jake Preaskorn in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke. The Irish also qualified second in two relays, but may not have enough depth to stay with GW.
"Anything can happen tomorrow,'' Case said, "but when you have a really great first day, their confidence builds and you get a good feeling for the second day. When you have a bad first day, it's tough to come back from.''
Hurricane's Zach Shurow was the only other Kanawha Valley athlete with a top qualifying time in the boys meet, as he splashed to 1:00.58 clocking in the 100 breaststroke.
The girls meet appears to be a two-horse race between George Washington and Morgantown. The Patriots qualified 11 entries into the championship heat and the Mohigans 10.
GW posted the day's best qualifying time in three events - two of them double-point relays, the 200 medley and 400 free. Those go along with Hageboeck's No. 1 prelim time of 1:07.33 in the 100 breaststroke, which was nearly 1 1/2 seconds ahead of the next-fastest clocking.
Emily and Katie Hageboeck and Jordyn O'Dell all swam legs on both of GW's top-rated girls relay units. Morgantown had the top preliminary time in two events, the individual 200 free (Courtney Deem) and the 200 free relay.
Last year, GW's girls qualified 14 entries into the championship heat and won by 40 points over Morgantown.
If today's expected duel between GW and Morgantown is close, it could set up a winner-take-all final event in the 400 free relay, as the Patriots swam the fastest qualifying time in Thursday's prelims and the Mohigans were No. 2, albeit more than 3 seconds behind.
Hurricane junior Madisyn Lyons, who won the 200 IM title last year while swimming for Winfield, led qualifiers in the grueling 500 free with a time of 5:14.48, nearly 12 seconds ahead of everyone else.
Competition resumes at 8:30 a.m. today with the girls meet. Following the awards ceremony and a break between sessions, the boys meet starts at 4:40 p.m.
Reach Rick Ryan at 304-348-5175 or rickr...@wvgazette.com.