Times’ all-North Suncoast boys swimming
Swimmer of the year
Devin McCaffrey, Fr., Mitchell
Why we picked him: McCaffrey arrived at Mitchell with plenty of hype, and he delivered. The freshman earned individual conference, district and region titles in the 100-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke before grabbing second place in each event at state.
Most impressive accomplishment: McCaffrey took a huge gamble at state, swimming just strong enough to squeeze into the final of both individual events. McCaffrey saved his strongest swim for the final of each event for second place. He also helped Mitchell to a second-place finish at regionals, a first for the program.
Future plans: Too soon to know specifics, but swimming and college seem to be a given at this point.
Did you know? McCaffrey is a huge Ohio State fan thanks to his father, Brian. McCaffrey said he was born in Ohio, living there three years before the family moved to Florida. Some believe it’s only a matter of time before McCaffrey heads north to swim for the Buckeyes.
Devin McCaffrey, Fr., Mitchell: Second at state in the 100-yard butterfly, 100-yard breaststroke
Joe Geschke, Jr., Ridgewood: 12th at state in 200 free, 13th in 500 free
Hunter Swartsel, So., Gulf: 14th at state in 100 free, 19th in 100 back
Gavin Hunt, Jr., Mitchell: 21st at state in 50 free; a key member of two relays
Ian Ondrejka, So., Mitchell: 24th at state in the 100 breast; a key member two relays
Arthur Mapugay, Sr., Land O’Lakes: Sixth at regionals in the 200 IM; seventh in the 100 breast
Patrick Gray, Jr., Land O’Lakes: Fifth at regionals in the 200 IM, ninth in the 100 back
Andrew Wert, Sr., Mitchell: Fifth at regionals in the 100 breast
Siddhesh Muley, Sr., Land O’Lakes: Seventh at regionals in 100 fly, 11th in 200 free
Tyler Waide, Jr., Gulf: Seventh at regionals in 500 free, 12th in 200 IM
Zac Serota, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch: Seventh at regionals in 200 free, 19th in 100 breast
Central: Derek Buel, Grant Eder
Gulf: Brad Bachand, Aaron Hayman, Luis Pimentel
Hernando: Nathan Wilson
Hudson: Robert Struble, Shawn Atwell, Jon Liggieri, Dominic Grilli, Shane Jones
Land O’Lakes: Andrew Busot, Dom Dolente, Austen Johannessen, Robert Jones
Mitchell: Alex Wegener, David Tomczyk, David Clark, Grant Pawlak
Nature Coast: Joe MacGregor, Evan Monahan
Pasco: Mason Cruz, Tim Dombrowski, Daniel Burt, Peter Mercadante, Jake Denney, Laken Butler, Nick Morphew
River Ridge: Shane Christian
Sunlake: Austin Van Vliet, Kyle Shaffer, Austin Wachsman, Nicholas Keach, Devin Anderson, Vince Battistini
Wesley Chapel: Kevin Koth
Wiregrass Ranch: Brandan Le Roche, Alex Kovalenko, Michael Hernandez
Zephyrhills: Kenneth Betancourt-Reyes, Casey Yingling, Kyle Van Buren
Coach of the Year
Joe Lampkin, Mitchell: Guided the Mustangs to an undefeated regular season followed by a second-place finish at regionals, a first for the program. Mitchell finished second at conference and third at districts.
Picture: Devin McCaffrey, 15, a freshman at Mitchell, and Rebecca Pindral, 16, a junior at Wiregrass Ranch, are the North Suncoast swimmers of the year.