The Gulf swim team has been training harder than ever, according to coach Casey Caflin, and that has resulted in some of the fastest times of the year for the Buccaneers.
So fast, in fact, the Bucs have set three school records in the past two weeks.
On Wednesday against Wesley Chapel, Gulf's 200 freestyle relay team of Shannen Gleghorn, Brad Bachand, Hunter Swartsel and Austin Miller set a blistering pace through the pool to win in 1:37:45 and break the school record by two seconds. A week earlier in a head-to-head meet with River Ridge, Gleghorn, Bachand, Swartsel and Dan Ramach shattered Gulf's 400 freestyle relay record by seven seconds with a time of 3:36:15.
Swartsel also broke his own record he set a year ago in the 200 IM against Wesley Chapel on Wednesday after swimming 2:08.58.
All three marks were set at the Bucs' home pool at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center.
"The kids are just catching on," Caflin said. "What they're finding out is the harder they work, the faster they go. We've got kids dropping times every week."
With their recent record-breaking performances, the Bucs have positioned themselves as one of the favorites entering the Sunshine Athletic Conference swimming and diving meet in two weeks.