NEW PORT RICHEY — Most teams that were part of the 2008 Sunshine Athletic Conference championships might remember that the meet was similar to the 2007 conference championships.
And in most ways it was, as the Land O'Lakes boys and the Wiregrass Ranch girls swim teams repeated their performances from last year Saturday and won their respective titles for back-to-back conference crowns.
The Gators boys team scored 112, easily outdistancing Pasco (53.5). Despite only placing first in four of 12 events, Land O'Lakes still won on a day where the Gators were not at their best.
But after the Gators won the final event, the 400-yard freestyle relay by posting a conference meet record (3 minutes, 31.57 seconds), coach Barbara Hayes felt like her team is ready for districts.
"They are ready now," she said. "Some of the kids didn't get some of the times they thought they could get, but we were able to do well."
Other notable boys winners were: Sunlake's Brad Morrison, who set a conference meet record in the 200 freestyle (1:47.64), and Gulf's Mike Centanni, who won both the 100 and 50 freestyles, setting a meet record in the 100 (50.57).
The Bulls' girls team scored 83.5 to edge Land O'Lakes (63.5) and Sunlake (50).
Bulls sophomore Nicholette Clark captured the 200 (2:08.25) and 500 (5:37.44) freestyle titles.
"It feels good," she said. "Last week I finished in first also, and today I just wanted to help our team finish on top."
Although Sunlake finished third, coach Heather Geisler said her girls are primed to improve. "I believe that we can build off this and do well at districts," she said.