CHARLOTTE – The Myers Park boys and girls swim teams put on a big show at the Southwestern 4A championship, sweeping both events on Jan. 10.
The Mustangs won 10 of 12 events on both sides of the race, swimming their way to 20 titles in 24 events.
On the girls side, all-American senior Liza Whitmire and freshman sensation Kiley Wilhelm led the Mustangs to the victory.
Whitmire won both the 50-meter freestyle and 100 breaststroke individual titles while Wilhelm took the 100 butterfly and took the 200 IM title by more than 11 seconds over the field.
In addition, Whitmire and Wilhelm teamed with Claire Russell and Maya Gendzel to win the 200 medley relay.
Whitmire later teamed with Russell, Carolyn Goins and Alexandra Xerra to win the 200 freestyle relay while Wilhelm combined with Gendzel, Goins and freshman Sophia Lindauer to win the 400 freestyle relay.
The Mustang girls also got individual wins from Gendzel in the 100 freestyle and Russell in the 100 backstroke.
Butler’s Caroline Stowe won the 200 freestyle relay while East Meck’s Anneliese Hohm took home the 500 freestyle title.
However, the Mustang girls scored 738 points to put them comfortably ahead of Hickory Ridge (352, second), Butler (327, third), East Meck (315, fourth), Independence (146, fifth) and Porter Ridge (103, sixth).
Spencer Freeman led a large contingent of Mustang boys to make a huge a huge impact, as the sophomore won two individual events and was a member of a pair of conference champion relay teams.
Freeman won the 100 butterfly and took the 500 freestyle title by more than eight seconds ahead of the field.
Freeman later teamed with Alex Wilhelm, Rocky Primm and Ham Williams-Tracy to win the 200 medley relay and combined with Jake Sapp, Williams-Tracy and freshman Caden Campolmi to win the 400 freestyle relay.
The Mustangs also took gold in the 200 freestyle relay as Sapp, Jack Guenther, Jonahan Hatuta and Primm won the 200 freestyle relay.
The Mustangs also got individual wins from Graham Hohnbaum in the 200 freestyle, Alex Wilhelm in the 200 IM, Sapp in the 100 backstroke and Primm in the 100 breaststroke.
Overall, the Mustangs boys swam away with the team title, scoring 726 points.