High School Sports

Myers Park swimming cruises at Southwestern 4A Championship meet

It almost looked like a Myers Park exhibition swim Friday at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.

Instead, it was a near-rout for the Mustangs’ swim teams at the Southwestern 4A Conference championship meet, sweeping the team honors and taking home nearly all of the individual titles.

Myers Park’s swim teams combined for 20 event wins – taking 11 of 12 in the boys events, nine of 12 in the girls – in the final qualifying meet before next week’s NCHSAA 4A Western Regionals.

All those wins left the Mustangs with commanding leads in the final standings over Butler – 317 points on the boys side (752-435), 335 points on the girls (771-436).

“I pretty much knew we were going to win, but there’s no way I can really say that without sounding like a cocky pain … and I don’t like sounding that way,” Myers Park coach Mimi Goudes said.

“Yes, I had swimmers that won lots … but there were several kids that swam the best they ever did tonight, and qualified for the regionals. That’s going to give us more bodies in the water next week.”

Jack Smith won two individual events for Myers Park, repeating his titles in the boys 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard butterfly. He also swam legs on the Mustangs’ winning 200-yard medley relay and 400-yard freestyle relay teams.

“We knew there would be some competition, but we swam really great tonight,” said Smith, a South Carolina signee who was named the SW 4A’s boys swimmer of the year.

“This is going to be a big confidence booster for us. We had a bunch of people get times for next week’s meet as well.”

Mark Griefe also won two individual titles for Myers Park, the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Other individual winners for the Mustangs were Cameron Miller (200-yard freestyle), Luke Lawrence (1-meter diving), Patrick Frith (500-yard freestyle), and Joseph Hargrove (100-yard breaststroke).

The only blemish on a Myers Park sweep on the boys side came from Butler’s Austin Spaeth, who won the 100-yard freestyle.

In the girls meet, Myers Park’s Rachael Young won two individual titles, the 200 freestyle and 500 freestyle. Other event winners for the Mustangs were Lauren Houchin (1-meter diving), Charlotte Mylinski (100 butterfly), Turner Bobbitt (100 freestyle), Amelia Cane (100 backstroke), and Annie Carr (100 breaststroke).

Myers Park also won the 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.

East Mecklenburg’s girls recorded three event wins – Kathryn Boland won the 200 individual medley, Sirena Rowe the 50 freestyle, and East won the 200 freestyle relay.