Three boys swimming story lines:
1. Anyone's race: Plenty of seniors graduated on the North Suncoast so it is anyone's race. Ridgewood's Joe Geschke, Gulf's Hunter Swartsel and Mitchell's Devin McCaffrey will battle it out to be the top swimmer on the North Suncoast.
2. Who's on top? Land O'Lakes lost a ton of seniors but has plenty of depth to replace them. Mitchell is expected to get a boost from freshman phenom Devin McCaffrey.
3. Gulf's year? Everyone's talking about coach Casey Claflin and the Buccaneers. A talented anchor of swimmers should have the Bucs in contention to win the SAC.
Swimmers to watch
• Joe Geschke, Jr., Ridgewood: Finished 20th at state in the 500 free; swimming new events
• Hunter Swartsel, So., Gulf: A natural ability in the water; getting faster in four strokes; swam 100 IM and 100 back last season
• Devin McCaffrey, Fr., Mitchell: Phenomenal first-year swimmer who will make an immediate impact
• Wes Starnes, So., Pasco: Won the 100 fly in last year's SAC
• Siddhesh Muley, Sr., Land O'Lakes: Solid butterfly and 200 free swimmer
• David Clark, Sr., Land O'Lakes: One of the better swimmers in the 100 fly and the 50 free
• Gavin Hunt, Jr., Mitchell: Swam a strong 50 free last season
• Andrew Busot, Sr., Land O'Lakes: Did well in the 50 free and 200 free; should help fill holes in relays
• Tyler Wade, Jr., Gulf: Expected to make strides this season and can swim several events
• Jon Liggieri, Sr., Hudson: He has been a four-year swimmer, strong and fast
• Derek Buel, Jr., Central: Strong in the 200 free and 500 free
• Joe MacGregor, Sr., Nature Coast: Should contend as Hernando County's top swimmer
Teams to watch
Gulf: The Buccaneers have at least nine swimmers who can score big and should help to make up for the lack of depth.
Mitchell: If McCaffrey's teammates can help compile points — and the Mustangs usually do — they will be tough to beat.
Land O'Lakes: The Gators seniors in 2008 won the program's first region title; despite heavy losses they will be back.
Central: The Bears are usually the team to beat in Hernando County, but don't count out Nature Coast.
Hudson: The Cobras have the numbers and the coaching to make some noise.