CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Today's Mountain State Athletic Conference swim meet, as often is the case, will serve as a preview of sorts for the upcoming regional and state meets with many of this season's fastest times in West Virginia being represented at the University of Charleston beginning at 1 p.m.
On the boys side, South Charleston's Austin Green figures to be featured prominently on the medal podium. Green, who has committed to swim at West Virginia and is the owner of two MSAC meet records (100-yard breaststroke and 200 individual medley), has the fastest times in the state this season in the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly and the second-fastest time in the 50 freestyle. He will swim the 100 breaststroke and 100 butterfly and is a part of relay teams in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle.
Several other swimmers expected at this meet have put up top times and could challenge Green, including Hurricane's Zachary Shurrow and Nitro's Luke Carpenter in the 100 breaststroke.
George Washington is the favorite to pick up the team title after winning every meet hosted by UC this season by a wide margin, with multiple individuals and relay teams among the favorites in most of the events.
The same can be said of the Patriots girls team. Senior Anna Davis is among the favorites in the 50 freestyle and the 100 butterfly. Freshmen Jordyn O'Dell (100 and 200 freestyle) and Emily Hageboeck (500 and 200 freestyle) as well as sophomore Katie Hageboeck (200 IM and 100 butterfly) are also expected to contend for individual titles.
GW teams are favored in the boys and girls 200 medley and 400 freestyle and girls 200 freestyle relay races.
Capital freshman Erica Clonch is expected to compete for titles in the 100 backstroke with competition from Hurricane's Emily Chambers and Nitro's Jillian Clemens.
Clonch and Hurricane's Claire Coleman should be Katie Hageboeck's chief competition in the 200 IM.