The Hough boys' and girls' swimming teams have only been in existence for two seasons.
Saturday night, Tim Queen (named I-Meck 4A Coach of the Year) and both of his Huskies squads showed just how far they've come in their short history with dominating victories to sweep the conference championship meet at Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center in uptown Charlotte.
The Hough boys repeated as champions, beating Lake Norman by 185 points, winning nine of the 12 events, after edging the Wildcats by only 26 points last year.
The Hough girls won their first conference title by 223 points over defending champion Lake Norman, sweeping all 12 events in the meet.
"This wasn't quite what we expected," Queen said of his team's performance. "Our kids really rose to the occasion and swam out of their minds tonight."
Senior Peter Brumm, who has signed with Michigan, led the way with easy wins in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke. Brumm, who has U.S. Olympic qualifying times to his credit in the 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle, also led both the 200 individual medley and 200 freestyle relay teams to dominant performances.
"We knew we were swimming on top of our (game) coming into the meet," Brumm said. "We were very motivated tonight to show it."
Hough's Jack Manchester was also big, winning the 200- and 500-yard freestyle events, and also anchoring both relays teams with Brumm.
Andrew Bothello (200 IM), Patrick Cowley and Charles Mitchell (diving) also won their respective events.
Lake Norman's Logan Heck (North Carolina signee) also put on a memorable performance, winning both the 50-yard freestyle (21.14 seconds) and the 100 breaststroke (1:00.24) with conference record times and completing a dramatic three-body length comeback in the final leg of the 400 freestyle, to chase down Bothello and lead his team to a win by .12 seconds in the event. The Wildcats were without senior Reed Wheeler (N.C. State), who was at a family wedding.
While Brumm and Manchester dominated the boys' side of the meet, Emily Allen, Ally DuPay and Heather Merritt were equally as impressive winning two individual and two relays on the night.
North Meck's Molly Sanborn won the I-Meck 4A Girls' Swimmer of the Year award, and Vance's Josh Moore was named the conference boys' swimmer of the year.
BOYS' TEAM SCORES: 1. Hough 588; 2. Lake Norman 403; 3. Mallard Creek 245; 4. North Mecklenburg 178; 5. Mooresville 155; 6. Hopewell 116; 7. Vance 93
200 IM Relay: Hough (Patrick Cowley, Andrew Petry, Peter Brumm, Jack Manchester) - 1:37.61; 200 Freestyle: Jack Manchester, Hough - 1:47.90; 200 IM: Andrew Bothello, Hough - 2:06.07; 50 Freestyle: Logan Heck, Lake Norman - 21.14; 100 Butterfly: Peter Brumm, Hough - 51.44; 100 Freestyle: Patrick Cowley, Hough - 49.39; 500 Freestyle: Jack Manchester, Hough - 4:56.18; 200 Freestyle Relay: Hough (Brumm, Jeffrey Manchester, Bothello, Jack Manchester) - 1:29.19; 100 Backstroke: Peter Brumm, Hough - 52.97; 100 Breaststroke: Logan Heck, Lake Norman - 1:00.24; 400 Freestyle Relay: Lake Norman (Charles Blinn, Eduardo Kielmanowicz, Casey Jones, Logan Heck) - 3:20.87; Diving: Charles Mitchell, Hough
GIRLS' TEAM SCORES: 1. Hough 649; 2. Lake Norman 476; 3. North Mecklenburg 229; 4. Mallard Creek 208; 5. Hopewell 149; 6. Mooresville 142; 7. Vance 50
200 IM Relay: Hough (Heather Merritt, Ally DuPay, Katie O'Brien, Payton Schrum) 1:52.86; 200 Freestyle: Emily Allen, Hough 1:56.93; 200 IM: Heather Merritt, Hough 2:13.20; 50 Freestyle: Payton Schrum, Hough 24.94; 100 Butterfly: Heather Merritt, Hough and Katie O'Brien, Hough (tie) 59.08; 100 Freestyle: Emily Allen, Hough 52.71; 500 Freestyle: Ally DuPay, Hough 5:08.80; 200 Freestyle Relay: Hough (Allen, Shannon Bauer, Merritt, Schrum) 1:41.48; 100 Backstroke: Alexandria Kitchens, Hough 1:01.60; 100 Breaststroke: Ally DuPay, Hough 1:07.04; 400 Freestyle Relay: Hough (Bauer, O'Brien, DuPay, Allen) 3:45.67; Diving: Karly Adams (Hough).