Prep swimming: GW sweeps Region 4 meet
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - George Washington's boys and girls swim teams swept the Region 4 championships Saturday at Marshall University, with the Patriot girls winning their regional title by more than tripling the point total of second-place Huntington.
GW swimmers won eight of the 11 events in the girls competition. GW boys won took first place in just four events, but their depth enabled them to a 59-point margin of victory over second-place Hurricane.
George Washington won the 2012 boys state championship in the one-class sport, with the girls finishing as runner-up to state champion Morgantown.
On Saturday, the GW girls 200 yard medley relay team of Jordyn O'Dell, Haley Hemsworth, Katie Hageboeck and Anna Davis set the tone early with nearly a 10-second margin of victory over Huntington. The remainder of the day would see similar results. Allison Moore edged Huntington's Emily Chambers to win the 200 freestyle, Davis and Hemsworth finished first and second in the 50 freestyle, respectively, with Morgan Blankenship finishing fourth and Sarah White seventh in the event.
The top eight place-finishers in each event score points for their respective teams.
Davis claimed another win in the 100 free, O'Dell took the 100 backstroke, Hageboeck won the 100 breast and the Patriots also won the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.
Winfield sophomore Madisyn Lyons claimed wins in the 500 free and the 200 individual medley, and Charleston Catholic sophomore Morgan Carr won the 100 butterfly.
GW won the first event of the day on the boys side, as well. The 200 medley relay team of Chris Kay, Nick Peyatte, Jacob Nason and Josh Barnette won their event, and then GW junior Zach Kidd blew away the competition in Event No. 2, the 200-yard freestyle. Kidd finished the race more than 7 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Jacob Douglas of Nitro.
Kidd also won the 500 freestyle in grand fashion, beating teammate Matt Nelson by just more than 20 seconds. The GW 400 free relay team also won, but for the rest of the day the Patriots made their living on runner-up finishes, easily outdistancing the runner-up Redskins.
There were three other multiple winners in the boys competition, with South Charleston senior Austin Green making a final regional showing to cap a stellar career. Green won both the 100 butterfly and the 100 breast Saturday.
Charleston Catholic senior Nathaniel Carr won the 200 individual medley and the 100 back, and South Charleston sophomore Adam Poe took first place in the 50 and 100 freestyle races.
The two-day State meet begins Thursday morning at the WVU Natatorium in Morgantown.