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North Suncoast swimming: Land O'Lakes girls build Sunshine Athletic Conference streak just like the boys in record-filled meet

NEW PORT RICHEY — No seniors. And no champions in individual or team events.

None of that posed any problems for the Land O'Lakes' girls swim team, which instead relied on depth to win the Sunshine Athletic Conference meet Saturday at the New Port Richey Aquatics Center.

The Gators (468 points) celebrated their third straight conference crown with the Land O'Lakes boys team (398.5), which captured its ninth consecutive SAC title. The boys team had one individual winner: 500-yard freestyler Jordan Wheeler (5:00.92).

Sunlake was runnerup in both the boys (355) and girls (371) competitions, while the Fivay boys (207) and Mitchell girls (332) took third.

Girls coach Robin Hilgenberg and boys coach Barbara Hayes have shared duties overseeing the Land O'Lakes teams during these impressive runs.

"Coach Hayes and I coach the boys and girls together," Hilgenberg said after being tossed into the pool by her son, Cameron, a runnerup in the 100 free. "They practice together, so it makes (sharing championships) better. We would be sad if we won and they didn't."

Not sad either was Mitchell record-setter Devin McCaffrey, who broke two conference meet records and saw one of his former marks fall. The sophomore won the 100 free in 48.26 seconds and the 200 individual medley in 1:56.19.

"That was pretty cool to see one of mine go down," McCaffrey said of Sunlake's Austin VanVliet setting the 100 breaststroke meet record in 1:02.31. "It gives me something to shoot for."

McCaffrey also took pride in knowing that the 200 IM mark he topped belonged to his former club coach, Kevin Rumble, who starred at River Ridge in 1997-99.

In all, four individual conference meet records and one relay mark fell Saturday afternoon. Aside from the aforementioned marks, Mitchell's Mazie Siddens won the 100 butterfly in 58.88. Then she teamed with Elaina Cancello, Claudia Cancello and Taylor Anderson to set a record of 1:46.28 in the 200 free relay.

North Suncoast swimming: Land O'Lakes girls build Sunshine Athletic Conference streak just like the boys in record-filled meet 10/15/11 [Last modified: Saturday, October 22, 2011 4:26pm]
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