For more than two decades, the North Mecklenburg boys' and girls' swim teams have had a stranglehold on conference bragging rights in the Lake Norman area.
This year, after 24 consecutive league titles for both Viking teams, the status quo finally changed as the first-year Hough boys and the Lake Norman girls won their first I-Meck titles.
Hough's boys, led by longtime North Meck coach Tim Queen, not only won the I-Meck title, but also finished third at the 4A West Regionals and fifth at the state meet.
The Huskies will have a great chance to improve on that next year as junior Peter Brumm and sophomore Jack Manchester will be back to lead the team.
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The Lake Norman girls had another strong season, winning the I-Meck title, finishing third at regionals and seventh at the 4A state meet.
Lake Norman Charter's swim teams also had a standout seasons, as the girls won the 1A/2A West Regionals in only their second year in the classification and finished second at states, while the Knights' boys finished second at both the state and regional meets.
Swimmer of the Year: Peter Brumm, Hough
Peter Brumm was a standout swimmer for the last two seasons at Lake Norman Charter. But when Brumm transferred to Hough and class 4A, he didn't know exactly what to expect. Brumm continued his domination this year, not only leading his team to an I-Meck title, but also racking up the individual awards.
Brumm's win at the 4A state championship in the 100 butterfly was his top accomplishment. But the Hough junior also had a standout performance at regionals, winning the 100 butterfly while leading his team to a surprise upset of Providence in the 200 Individual Medley relay.
Coach of the Year: Tim Queen, Hough
Tim Queen knows all about winning championships. In his inaugural season with the Huskies, Queen led Hough's boys to an I-Meck title, just beating out Lake Norman by 26 points. But Queen and company didn't stop there as the Hough boys surprised many to finish third at the regionals, behind only Providence and Lake Norman, and fifth at the 4A state meet.
All-Lake Norman News boys swim team
50 free - Logan Heck, Lake Norman: 4A West Regional champ is amongst state's best.
100 free - Ryan Emerine, East Lincoln: Won 2A West Region title in 50 and 100 freestyle.
200 free - Peter Brumm, Hough: Junior finished second at the state meet.
500 free - John Manchester, Hough: Sophomore is a major part of a young, talented Huskies team.
100 breaststroke - Lee Ward, Hopewell: Titan just missed a regional championship.
100 backstroke - Brian Piccirilli, Lake Norman Charter: 1A/2A West region champion.
100 butterfly - Peter Brumm, Hough: 4A state champion in first year with Hough.
200 IM - Tyler Hill, Lake Norman: UNC signee also won 4A West regional title.
200 free relay - Lake Norman (T. Hill, Reed Wheeler, David Stamm, L. Heck): Star-studded quarter won region title.
400 free relay - Lake Norman Charter (Grayson Spittel, Matt Wronsky, Chris Cardwell, Brian Piccirilli): Won 1A/2A West region titles in both 200 and 400 relays.
200 medley relay - Hough (P. Brumm, J. Manchester, Patrick Cowley, Andrew Botelho): Team shocked Providence in this event to win 4A West regional title.
1-meter diving - Charles Mitchell, Hough: Freshman won regional diving title.
Swimmer of the Year: Haley Powell, Lake Norman
The Lake Norman senior proved to be one of speediest swimmers in the state, as she not only won the 50- and 200-yard freestyle races at the I-Meck championships, but also took 50- and 100-yard races at 4A West Regionals.
While Powell did not win a state title this year, she isn't finished as her swimming career will continue at Florida State, where she signed earlier this month.
Coach of the Year: Alison Pick, Lake Norman Charter
The Lake Norman Charter girls did just about everything right this season. Knight's head coach Alison Pick had a lot to do with their success as Lake Norman Charter girls lost only one meet this season, coming in second at the 1A/2A state championships.
The Knights also won a lot along the way, taking the Piedmont Athletic Conference (PAC) title as well as the 1A/2A West Regional championship.
All-Lake Norman News girls swim team
50 free - Marni Krehnbrink, East Lincoln: Mustang was the 2A West Regional champion.
100 free - Haley Powell, Lake Norman: Florida State signee, region champ dominant in this event.
200 free - Molly Sanborn, North Mecklenburg: 4A West Regional champion led Vikings.
500 free - Morgan Holbrook, Lake Norman: Sophomore just missed out on regional title.
100 breaststroke - Taylor Wilson, Southlake Christian: Eagles' standout won MAC title in this event.
100 backstroke - Ali Kitchens, Hough: Regional champ a major part of strong first-year Husky squad.
100 butterfly - Heather Isetts, Lake Norman: Wildcats was the 4A West Regional champion.
200 IM - Heather Merritt, Hough: I-Meck champion in this event.
200 free relay - Lake Norman (H. Isetts, H. Powell, M. Holbrook, Sierra Johnson): Talented Wildcat squad finished second at regionals.
400 free relay - North Mecklenburg (Linsay Cooper, Danielle Oliver, M. Sanborn, Kaitlyn Poff): Team finished strong with second-place regional finish.
200 medley relay - Hough (A. Kitchens, Payton Schrum, Heather Merritt, Shannon Bauer): Huskies finished third at states.
1-meter diving - Jill Mulveney, Lake Norman Charter: Freshman was the 1A/2A state champion.