TAMPA-- While there are certainly high expectations for Plant's swim teams this year, even coach Gil Gonzalez was surprised to see how impressive his squads looked this early in the season.
Plant started off its year on the right foot with a dual meet against Robinson at Bobby Hicks Pool on Tuesday night, as the girls team won 134-45 and the boys team posted a 112-55 victory.
The first major event of the season is the City Relays on Sept. 11, and the Panthers already appear to be in good shape with more than a week left to prepare.
"We never swim this week. We always wait until after City Relays," Gonzalez said. "So I'm pretty proud of them. No major errors."
Robinson managed to take first place in three events (girls 1-meter diving, boys 200-yard IM and boys 100-yard free), but Plant, sporting a much younger squad than in years past, dominated in all other phases of the teams' first meets of the year.