Girls swimmer of the year
Rebecca Pindral, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch
Why we picked her: Pindral was the lone North Suncoast girls swimmer to advance to a championship final at the state meet. A two-time winner of our swimmer of the year award, Pindral finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke at the Class 2A meet with a time of 1 minute, 7.09 seconds. She had the fastest preliminary time in the 100 breast at the 2A-2 region meet and took second in the region final. Pindral also qualified for state in the 200-yard individual medley and just missed making it into the consolation final after clocking 2:14.56 and placing 17th.
Most impressive accomplishment: Pindral advanced to the championship final in the 100 breast at state for the second year in a row. Last year she was eighth. Pindral made three total state appearances during her high school career. She was in the Class A consolation final in the 100 breast as a sophomore and placed 11th.
Future plans: Pindral plans to swim in college, but she is not sure where yet. She is looking into three schools: UNC Wilmington, Massachusetts and Binghamton University in New York. Currently, she is swimming for her club team, Tampa YMCA Swimming, and will compete in the YMCA state meet in February and the YMCA national meet in April.
Did you know? Pindral set two personal records in the 100 breast in the span of a week. She touched in a personal-best 1:06.77 in a region preliminary heat to break 1:07 for the first time in two years. A week later during a state prelim, Pindral touched in 1:06.41.
50 free: Megan Huynh, Sr., Sunlake: Her 12th place was best local finish at region
100 fly: Mazie Siddens, Jr., Mitchell: Second at region, 12th at 2A state meet (59.21)
100 free: Lindsay Gorgen, Sr., Zephyrhills: 17th at 2A state meet (56.51)
100 back: Kaylin Sylvester, Sr., Sunlake: Bronze medalist at region was 23rd at 2A state meet
100 breast: Rebecca Pindral, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch: Sixth at 2A state meet (1:07.09)
200 free: Nicholette Clark, Sr., Zephyrhills: Silver medalist at region and 2A state meet qualifier
200 individual medley: Mazie Siddens, Jr., Mitchell: 15th at 2A state meet (2:12.72)
500 free: Nicholette Clark, Sr., Zephyrhills: Sixth at region meet (5:29.01)
200 free relay: Wiregrass Ranch (Chelsea Hernandez, Makayla Strickland, Toni Tomei, Rebecca Pindral): Fifth at region (1:47.90) and just missed qualifying for state
200 medley relay: Sunlake (Kaylin Sylvester, Carigan Albert, Nicole Harder, Megan Huynh): Fifth at region (2:01.98)
400 free relay: Land O'Lakes (Haley Long, Dona McDonald, Andrea Mapugay, Jocelyn Williams): Fifth at region (4:04.46)
Diving: Maddie Siebold, Fr., Bishop McLaughlin: Qualified for Class A state meet and placed 23rd overall
50 free: Makayla Strickland, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch; 100 fly: Carigan Albert, Fr., Sunlake; 100 free: Chelsea Hernandez, So., Wiregrass Ranch; 100 back: Lindsay Gorgen, Sr., Zephyrhills; 100 breast: Jocelyn Williams, Fr., Land O'Lakes; 200 free: Carigan Albert, Fr., Sunlake; 200 individual medley: Rebecca Pindral, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch; 500 free: Nicole Harder, So., Sunlake; 200 free relay: Sunlake (Savannah Mattox, Nicole Harder, Carigan Albert, Megan Huynh); 200 medley relay: Land O'Lakes (Alexandra Haqq, Jocelyn Williams, Andrea Mapugay, Haley Long); 400 free relay: Wiregrass Ranch (Fern Powell, Toni Tomei, Chelsea Hernandez, Kathleen Murphy); Diving: Amanda Maser, So., Mitchell
Bishop McLaughlin: Jemma Cropanese (100 fly, 100 free); Land O'Lakes: Meredith Diamond (diving), Haley Long (100 breast, 100 free), Jocelyn Williams (200 IM), 200 medley relay (Alexandra Haqq, Jocelyn Williams, Andrea Mapugay, Haley Long); Pasco: 200 free relay (Norah Taylor, Audra Herrmann, Kara Inversso, Taylor Bobo); Springstead: Monica Surrena (200 free, 500 free), 400 free relay (Elizabeth Caleri, Rebecca Glidden, Morgan Szymanski, Monica Surrena); Sunlake: Nicole Harder (200 free), Megan Huynh (100 free), Courtney Meyer (200 IM, 100 back), Kaylin Sylvester (50 free); Wiregrass Ranch: Fern Powell (100 fly), Makayla Strickland (100 back); Zephyrhills: Ashley Morris (diving), Courtney Smith (diving), 200 medley relay (Lindsay Gorgen, Amber Doughty, April Durrett, Taylor McNeal), 200 free relay (Lindsay Gorgen, April Durrett, Taylor McNeal, Nicholette Clark).
Coach of the year
Robin Hilgenberg, Land O'Lakes: The Gators didn't have a lot of individual champions this year, but the team continued to excel under Hilgenberg and won another Sunshine Athletic Conference title.