With the prep swimming season under way, one team to always keep an eye on every year is Land O' Lakes, which defeated Zephyrhills last week in a dual meet.
"We're very excited that our team is very self-motivated this season," Land O' Lakes girls coach Robin Hilgenberg said. "They're looking very much forward to improving at every meet and Wiregrass Ranch should be a strong test for us."
The Gators girls were able to overpower the Bulldogs 146-22 and Land O' Lakes was able to take first-place in every event. Wiregrass Ranch traveled to Land O' Lakes on Wednesday. Bulls coach Tanner Schmitz believes this will be a good test for all the swimmers for each squad early in the season.
"(Wednesday) will be our first real test of what kind of depth we have," Schmitz said. "Land O' Lakes will show us where we're at and where we need to go from here."
Results were not available at press time.
McCaffrey, Anderson set records
He's back and breaking his own records once again.
Mitchell's Devin McCaffrey is back at it and on Aug. 29 vs. River Ridge, the senior posted another school record in the 100 freestyle and, on the girls side, sophomore Taylor Anderson set a record in the 100 free, according to Mitchell coach Scott Hernon. Mitchell competed in a tri-meet Wednesday night with Gulf and Anclote, who is basically fielding a new team after not having enough swimmers or a practice facility last season.
"Those two swims were pretty dominant," Hernon said. "Amanda Maser did a really good job at the meet as well. We're going to try and put some kids in different events in this tri-meet with Anclote and Gulf. I want to see what they can do in those off events.
"Anclote has a new team and we've worked it out with them to where we're going to make it fun for them. Gulf has a very good team going in, though, so it should be a fun meet."
McCaffrey set a school record in the 100 freestyle of 47.29 and Anderson's 100 free record is now 55.26.
Pasco County Relays coming
Hillsborough and Pinellas counties run yearly city relays, which attract some of the top prep teams and swimmers from the Tampa Bay area. Wiregrass Ranch coach Tanner Schmitz has put together Pasco County's own city relay, scheduled Sept. 15 at the New Tampa YMCA.
"Obviously Hillsborough and Pinellas are bigger counties and have had more state medalists in the past," Schmitz said. "I wanted to give Pasco County a chance to showcase its swimmers and show everyone we have good swimming, too."
The meet will begin at 9 a.m. and feature two schools from outside of the county in Brooksville Central and Crystal River and nine Pasco County schools: host Wiregrass Ranch, Land O' Lakes, Mitchell, Wesley Chapel, Pasco, Academy at the Lakes, Zephyrhills, Fivay and River Ridge.
Schmitz stated that he gathered most of his ideas from Tampa's City Relays, but the Bulls' version will include a bit more fun.
"We took a lot of our inspiration from the Hillsborough's City Relays," Schmitz added. "Big goal is we want to make sure the kids have fun. We want to give them something fun on a Saturday."