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Thu. September 1, 2011 | Matt Baker | Email

Gulf’s boys swimming team is off to a record-setting year.

The Buccaneers broke three school records in Wednesday’s 87-64 win over Hudson.

Hunter Swartsel, Jordan Daily, Spencer Regelson and Daniel Ramech finished the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:48:20. That shattered the old mark of 1:51 that was set in 1984 – before any of the participants were born.

“We had a couple kids improve dramatically over the summer,” Gulf coach Casey Claflin said.

That includes Swartsel.

After struggling to drop his times during his junior year, Swartsel broke his own record in the 200 individual medley (2:03:28) and backstroke (0:55:19). Claflin said Swartsel focused over the summer, and his star swimmer’s biggest problem this year will be figuring out what events to enter at state.

“It seems like he just dedicates himself to being the best he can be,” Claflin said, “not just on a daily basis but being really special when it gets down to the state meet.”

Claflin said Regelson could be a state qualifier in the butterfly, while Daily has shaved more than a minute off of his time in the 500 freestyle.

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