Districts are still two weeks away but the Mitchell swim team is already rounding into postseason form.
Six Mitchell swim records have fallen this season, the result of a strong senior class combined with a talented crop of underclassmen for the Mustangs this season.
"This year we really seemed to luck out as far as breaking records," Mitchell head coach MaryJo Artura said. "We have several swimmers that are breaking their own records."
Mazie Siddens was the latest Mustang to put together such a performance. On Oct. 6 at the New Tampa YMCA, Siddens, a sophomore, established two new records in the 200 IM (2:16.46) and the 100 fly (59.95), breaking marks she had set a year earlier. In a meet against Fivay on Sept. 22, Siddens shattered the Mustangs' previous record in the 500 free (5:59.69, Megan McCaffrey, 2006), taking nearly 23 seconds off after touching the wall in 5:36.19.
"She's phenomenal to watch. She's like a dolphin in the water," Artura said. "When that last 50 comes, she really picks it up."
For the boys, Devin McCaffrey, another sophomore, bested his own mark set in 2009 in the 200 free (1:52.87) after swimming 1:48.15 against Ridgewood on Sept. 15.
The Mustangs' boys 400 free relay team of McCaffrey, Gavin Hunt, Ian Ondrejka and Anthony Chang swam 3:36.43 against River Ridge on Sept. 1 to shave over eight seconds off the previous mark (3:44.93) set in 2008.
Also against River Ridge, Hunt, a senior, set a school record in the 100 back in a time of 58.60. The previous record of 1:01.65 was set in 2006.
"I think the three of them, Siddens, McCaffrey and Hunt, they're on a hot streak," Artura said.