Tim Queen has quickly shaped a boys swimming power at Hough High.

The Huskies finished second among 43 teams at the N.C. 4A championships last month, after winning the first regional title in the program’s three-year existence. Queen is the Herald Weekly Boys Swimming Coach of the Year.

Hough finished with 190 points at the state meet, second to champion Cary Green Hope’s 259.

“Our boys had aspirations to win,” Queen said. “We knew Green Hope had several (NCAA) Division I athletes. Our guys swam their hearts out. We were in fourth place with three events to go, and they clawed their way to a medal.”

Hough’s Jack Manchester won individual championships in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke. Teammate Harrison Mitchell was second in diving, and the quartet of Andrew Botelho, Patrick Cowley, Andrew Petry and Manchester finished second (by less than one second) in the 200-yard freestyle relay.


- Cliff Mehrtens