CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Defending state champion Madisyn Lyons and George Washington's dynamic duo of Chris Kay and Josh Barnette are setting the bar high for the 2013-14 high school swimming season.
Lyons brought home a state championship for Winfield last season in the 200 individual medley, but as of two weeks ago, she swims at Hurricane due to a quick transfer.
"I just moved in the middle of the school year, and going to Hurricane was more convenient," Lyons said. "It doesn't feel like much of a change though. Hurricane and Winfield practice at the same pool, so I was already comfortable with the team."
Lyons' adjustment to the team was minimal, she said, but she noted that she will have to train harder to particular events and adjust to new relay teams. Hurricane plans to push her ability and add events to her successful resume.
"I only competed in the 200 free relay at Winfield, but now I have been practicing for the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay," Lyons said. "I really want to work harder because Hurricane has a very high chance of making team finals and I've trained hard off season to take myself to states as well,"
Lyons consistently trains at the Teays Valley YMCA and competed at the YMCA Nationals Meet in August competing in numerous events. The hard work in the off-season and energy sparked by being with a new team pushing her to her highest caliber, Lyons feels that she is going to be a quiet threat coming in 2014.
The regular season opens locally on Saturday with the UC Invitational at the University of Charleston.
"I have two goals," Lyons said. "I want to win the 200 individual medley again in states and train hard for the 500 free in order to take home an additional championship."
While Lyons will demand attention for state meet chances, George Washington's Kay and Barnette have made it loud and clear they intend to take home a fourth consecutive state title for their relay team and the overall team championship in the one-class sport.