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Season preview: North Suncoast boys swimming, diving

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.

Girls and boys swimming and diving

New districts

Class 2A, District 5: Anclote, Eustis, Gulf, Hudson, Land O'Lakes, Lecanto, Mitchell, Ridgewood, River Ridge, Sunlake, Tavares, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills

Class 2A, District 4: Belleview, Central, Citrus, Dunnellon, Gainesville, Gainesville Eastside, Hernando, Ocala Lake Weir, Leesburg, Nature Coast, Citra North Marion, Palatka, Springstead, Ocala Vanguard, Ocala West Port

Class A, District 3: Bishop McLaughlin, Crystal River, Mount Dora, Gainesville P.K. Yonge, Pasco, Gainesville St. Francis, Ocala St. John Lutheran, Ocala Trinity Catholic, Umatilla, Villages

Key meets

Oct. 24: Sunshine Athletic Conference meet (at New Tampa YMCA)

Oct. 26-31: District meets

Nov. 5-7: Region meets

Nov. 12-14: State finals

Season preview: North Suncoast boys swimming, diving 08/26/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 9:01pm]
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