The Hough swim program is still in its infancy, but the Huskies' boys and girls teams have already established themselves as perennial 4A state championship contenders.
The Hough girls won the state title last month in dominant fashion, finishing 124 points clear of the field. The Hough girls also won the 4A West Regional championship by nearly 49 points.
The Hough boys' just missed a title, finishing as 4A state and 4A West Regional runners-up behind three-time champion Providence.
The Lake Norman boys also had a great season, capping it with a fourth-place finish at states.
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Meanwhile, the Lake Norman Charter boys and girls won their respective 1A/2A West Regional titles before both finishing at state runners-up.
Lake Norman boys' swim coach of the year: Alison Pick, Lake Norman Charter
Alison Pick has taken her Lake Norman Charter boys and girls teams to new heights in the past couple of years. This season, they both won the 1A/2A West Regional championships before finishing runners-up at the state meet.
The Knights' boys had two individual state champions in Chris Cardwell (100-yard backstroke) and Nathan Lane (diving) while the 200-yard medley relay team (Cardwell, Jake Koferl, Brian Piccirilli and Brian Davis) also won a state title in its event.
Lake Norman boys' swimmers of the year: Peter Brumm, Hough, and Logan Heck, Lake Norman
Hough's Peter Brumm and Lake Norman's Logan Heck have a lot in common in the swimming pool. Brumm and Heck, who practice together every day with their SwiMAC club team, are also both all-state swimmers for their respective high schools.
Brumm, who signed with Michigan, finished his career with a state championship in the 200-yard freestyle while also leading his 400-yard freestyle relay team to a state title.
Meanwhile, Heck, a North Carolina signee, was just as impressive, winning state and 4A West Regional titles in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle.
Both Brumm and Heck have also qualified for U.S. Olympic trials, which will take place in Omaha, Neb., in June.
All-Lake Norman boys' swim team
Diving - Charles Mitchell (Hough) and Nathan Lane (Lake Norman Charter): Mitchell won the 4A state title, while Lane won the 1A/2A state championship.
200-yard medley relay - Patrick Cowley, Andrew Petry, Peter Brumm and John Manchester (Hough): The Huskies won a 4A state championship with a time of 1:34.22.
200-yard freestyle - Brumm (Hough): Senior went out with state title with a 1:39.07.
200-yard individual medley - Andrew Botelho (Hough): He finished eighth at states with 1:58.13.
50-yard freestyle - Logan Heck (Lake Norman): State champion (21.21) also won at regionals.
100-yard butterfly - Sean Corcoran (North Meck): Vikings' standout finished fourth at states with a 51.56.
100-yard freestyle - Heck (Lake Norman): Another event, another state title for the future Tar Heel (45:50)
500-yard freestyle - John Manchester (Hough): State runner-up with an impressive 4:32.33.
200-yard freestyle relay - Botelho, Jeffrey Manchester, Petry, Brumm (Hough): Husky quartet finished as state runner-up at 1:27.96.
100-yard backstroke - Reed Wheeler (Lake Norman): N.C. State signee finished his high school career with a state title with 49.54.
100-yard breaststroke - Austin Meletiou (SouthLake Christian): Freshman won the NCISAA 3A state title with 1:03.00.
400-yard freestyle relay - Cowley, John Manchester, Botelho, Brumm (Hough): Another state title for Huskies' quartet with time of 3:07.58.
Lake Norman girls' coach of the year: Tim Queen, Hough
Tim Queen, in his second year as Hough's swimming coach, led the girls' team to a 4A state title, notching his seventh state crown of his career.
The Huskies, who also won the 4A West Regional title, got two individual titles, from Emily Allen (100-yard freestyle) and Blair Timberlake (diving), as well as two title-winning relay teams (200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle).
Queen's team should be as good next year with most of the squad back, including juniors Ally DuPay, Ali Kitchens and Katie O'Brien, sophomore Heather Merritt and freshman Emily Allen.
Lake Norman girls' swimmer of the year: Emily Allen, Hough
Emily Allen is just a freshman, but already the 6-foot-3 Hough standout is swimming well beyond her years.
Allen, who led her Hough team to a 4A state championship, accounted for state titles in three events, the 100-yard freestyle as well as the 200-yard medley and 400-yard freestyle relays. She was also state runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle.
With three more years ahead of her, she has room to improve even more for the Huskies.
All-Lake Norman girls' swim team
Diving - Blair Timberlake (Hough) and Adyson Lowe (Lake Norman Charter): Both girls won state championships, with Timberlake taking 4A title and Lowe the 1A/2A crown.
200-yard medley relay - Alexandria Kitchens, Ally DuPay, Heather Merritt, Emily Allen (Hough): Talented Husky group got team off on right foot with state title with a state record time (1:46.05).
200-yard freestyle - Heather Merritt (Hough): State runner-up with a 1:49.06.
200-yard individual medley - DuPay (Hough): She finished third in the state with 2:05.32.
50-yard freestyle - Allen (Hough): Freshman was state runner-up with 23.29.
100-yard butterfly - Payton Schrum (Hough): N.C. State commit finished fourth at states (56.58).
100-yard freestyle - Allen (Hough): Freshman won 4A state champion with an impressive 50.29.
500-yard freestyle - Molly Sanborn (North Meck): Viking senior finished 10th at states with 5:12.15
200-yard freestyle relay - Shannon Bauer, DuPay, Katie O'Brien, Schrum (Hough): Huskies were third at states with 1:38.71.
100-yard backstroke - Heather Merritt (Hough): She was state runner-up with 55.39 seconds.
100-yard breaststroke - Maija Roses (Cannon): Sophomore broke NCISAA 3A state record to win states at 1:02.69.
400-yard freestyle relay - O'Brien, Merritt, Schrum, Allen (Hough): Huskies won state championship in state record fashion (3:25.69).