Myers Park swimming sweeps Southwestern 4A conference meet
Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014

Myers Park swimming sweeps Southwestern 4A conference meet

The Myers Park senior swimmers helped the Mustangs to a sweep of the Southwestern 4A conference swim meet.
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    Dozens of south Charlotte swimmers had regional qualifying times thrown out because a noncertified referee was used in several meets this season. Swimmers in the Southwestern 4A and SoMeck 8 were affected. Both conferences will hold additional qualifying meets this week for swimmers who previously qualified or are close.

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The Myers Park girls’ and boys’ swim and dive teams swept the Southwestern 4A conference meet, winning the program’s first conference championships in more than 10 years.

“This is the first time in a long time we’ve been this good,” said senior Lizzie Andrews. “So it makes us proud.”

The Mustangs made the win look easy, with the girls beating second-place Butler by 435.5 points (742.5-307) and the boys beating second place Butler by 261 (721-460). According to Observer records, Myers Park’s last conference swimming title was when the boys won a second-straight SW4A title in 2000.

The team is preparing for the 4A West Regional meet Jan. 31-Feb. 1 at the Huntersville Family Fitness & Aquatic Center.

“I did kind of expect us to win, but the only reason why is I had bodies,” said head coach Mimi Goudes. “I had the largest team. Numbers assist in a win in this situation because I could fill every heat.”

Myers Park won 10 of the 16 individual swimming events, both diving events and all but two relays at the Jan. 11 meet at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

Myers Park swimmers said the championship came from two things: new conference opponents and a new coach. In the latest N.C. High School Athletic Association conference realignment, state powers Providence High, South Mecklenburg and Ardrey Kell moved into the new SoMeck 8. The Mustangs will have to face those schools, along with Charlotte Catholic, in the regional meet.

“It’s going to be definitely tougher than our conference meet because we’re back against our old competitors,” said senior Olivia Shipp.

The swimmers also say Goudes has re-energized the team. Goudes was a swimmer at Myers Park, graduating in 1988, and coached the Mustangs from 1995-2004.

“I think coach Goudes is the first coach that the seniors have had that actually cares about the team and really wants to be here,” Shipp said. “I think that’s one of the big differences this year is just a lot more passion and motivation.”

The Mustang girls divers finished first (Mary Scott Alexander), second (Emma Barnes) and third (Clair Folk), and the boys finished first (Cole Petty), second (Jonah Morgan) and fourth (Johnathan Getz) in 1-meter diving. Diving happens before swimming, giving the Mustangs a good start to the conference meet.

“The positioning (the divers) put us in automatically made it difficult for other teams,” Goudes said.

Myers Park relay teams took championships in the boys’ and girls’ 200-yard medley relay, the boys’ 200-yard freestyle relay and the boys’ 400-yard freestyle relay. The Mustangs finished second and third to East Meck in both the girls’ 400-yard freestyle relay and the girls’ 200-yard freestyle relay.

Amelia Cane won two individual events for the Mustang girls, the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle events. Annie Carr won the 100-yard breaststroke and finished second in the 200-yard individual medley to East Meck’s Kathryn Boland. Lily Jessup won the 100-yard backstroke.

Charlotte Hylinski won the 100-yard butterfly and finished second in the 50-yard freestyle to East Meck’s Sirena Rowe. Her sister, Grace, won the 100-yard freestyle.

Mark Griefe won the boys’ 200-yard freestyle and finished second in the 100-yard backstroke to teammate Jack Smith. Smith also finished second in the 100-yard breaststroke to Independence’s Hunter Brakovec.

Patrick Frith won the boys’ 200-yard individual medley and finished second in the 500-yard freestyle event to Independence’s Brakovec. Carter Miller won the 50-yard freestyle.

Eric Zhu finished second in the 100-yard butterfly to Butler’s Kyle Tatich and Trevor Shealy finished third behind Butler’s Austin Spaeth and East Meck’s Quinn Steitz in the 100-yard freestyle.

Goudes said she couldn’t pick one moment from the meet that stood out to her. “It has become a blur of great swimming,” she said. “There are so many of them that did so well.”

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