MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - George Washington's girls swim team repeated as the state champion title today at the 2014 state swimming championships, with one of their own, Emily Hageboeck, setting a new state record along the way.
The Patriots started off the meet with a solid win in the 200 medley relay in attempt to chase their state record from last year. They fell .14 seconds short of the record time with a 1:52.72, but managed to take the win in what became a close race for the overall title with Morgantown High School.
The 200 Medley Relay wasn't the only event where the Patriots were chasing a state record. Hageboeck, a sophomore, was chasing the 2002 record of 1:06.70 held by Ann Cipoletti in the 100 breaststroke.
"In the preliminaries I wasn't worried about setting any record," said Hageboeck after five state marks fell in Thursday heats.
"But after I saw my time I thought maybe in the finals I could set a new record so I just went for it," she said
Hageboeck swam a 1:07.33 in preliminaries on Thursday.
"I didn't swim very well all season, so I was honestly hoping for only a best time. So when I saw my time I was surprised," she said
And although Hageboeck and the rest of the Patriots were able to claim their second consecutive state title and fourth overall, the ladies of Morgantown High gave them a run for their money.
In the final event, Morgantown took the win in the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:43.75. But George Washington kept the crowd biting its nails as they competed neck and neck the entire race. The Morgantown team of Jenna Pierce, Emily Lederman, Bekah Shephard and Courtney Deem edged GW squad of Katie Hageboek, Perry McGhee, Jordyn O'Dell and Emily Hageboeck by only .05 seconds, keeping the final team scores as close as possible.