HUNTERSVILLE The N.C. 4A Western Regional swim championship became Logan Heck's pool party.
Heck, a Lake Norman High senior, set a pair of meet standards at Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatic Center in winning the boys' 50-yard freestyle with a clocking of 21.28 seconds and 100 freestyle in 46.59. The North Carolina signee's focus, however, is on the state championship.
"The regional is about going out and racing and then the big meet is next weekend, the states," he said. "Today is good just for mental motivation; going fast here will definitely carry over into next week."
Hough won the girls' overall title with 432.5 points, followed by Ardrey Kell (383.5) and Providence (368.5). The team of Kathryn O'Brien, Heather Merritt, Payton Schrum and Emily Allen capped the Huskies' run by clocking a meet record 3 minutes, 32.90 seconds in the 400 freestyle relay. Providence claimed the boys' title with 379.5 points, edging out Hough (362.5) and Ardrey Kell (241.67).
Heck supplied his own momentum in the 50, pulling away from the field over the final lap. Providence's Ryan Wilkerson finished second at 21.78 and Ardrey Kell's Connor Long and Providence's John Feretti tied for third at 22.39.
"In those situations, you put your head down and just hope to God you finish first," Heck said. "Sometimes when you look around, and that's how some races are lost. It's good in that kind of situation to bury your head and race to the wall."
Ardrey Kell senior Shannon Foreman did the same in the girls' 50 freestyle by getting off the blocks strong and maintaining her momentum to win in 24.40 seconds. Hough's Allen was second at 24.77 and Lake Norman's Heather Isetts followed at 24.90.
"The 50, obviously, is so close it could be anyone's race, so I wanted to establish a good pace on the first (lap) and bring it home as fast as I could," said Foreman, the Southwestern 4A swimmer of the year and a Rice signee. "After the turn, I took a quick peek and saw it was anyone's race at that point. I knew I had to turn on my legs and come home."
Hough's Peter Brumm, a Michigan signee, put in a dominant swim to win the boys' 200 in 1:42.13 and help the Huskies to a meet record 1:36.69 in the 200 medley relay with Patrick Cowley, Andrew Petry and Jeffrey Manchester. South Mecklenburg finished second at 1:40.20 and Lake Norman (1:40.55) third.
"The regional meet is all about confidence," Brumm said. "We'll rest a few days, and then we'll be fast and strong and it'll be fun. The season is winding down, but there's one big obstacle the entire team needs to get to."