MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Female swimmers kick-started the 2014 state swim meet Thursday morning by setting the bar high for anyone to follow, ending their day of preliminary races with four broken state records.
Charleston Catholic's Morgan Carr broke two herself. Carr took first place in the first individual race of the day, the 200 Individual Medley, where she was the favorite to win, but she surprised herself by breaking the state record and earned an All-American consideration with a time of 2:04.95.
"My brother swims at West Virginia University and I never knew the state or pool records until this morning when he sent me a picture of them," Carr said. "After that, I knew I could push myself and break that record."
Little did she know after breaking it she would be breaking another later in the day.
"After breaking the first record, I felt a lot more confident," the junior said. "I set the bar for myself and realized if I could put down those times in the IM then I could definitely win and more than likely break another record."
She broke the 100 Butterfly state record with a 56.47, taking two seconds off her regional time of 58.38. Her record in the 200 IM was four seconds faster than her regional time.
Morgantown's Courtney Deem had the first broken record of the day, setting a new mark in the 200 freestyle at 1:53.44. Later, Buckhannon-Upshur's Maggie Miller broke the record in the 100 backstroke, finishing in 55.44 seconds.
Charleston Catholic did not end the day with as much success in Carr's relay events, taking third place in the 400 freestyle relay. Still, Carr said she was incredibly proud of what the Irish had done on the first day of the two-day event at the WVU Natatorium.
"We have some very new swimmers this year, unlike me and some other girls who have been swimming since we were 6 years old," Carr said. "So, it was actually incredible that we qualified, especially in the medley relay.
"We worked very hard and are happy we made it as far as we did," she said.