Boys Swimmer of the Year Devin McCaffrey, Jr., Mitchell
Why we picked him: McCaffrey had one of the best seasons in North Suncoast history. He won gold in the 100 butterfly (49:10) and 100 breaststroke (56:97) at the Class 2A state meet. McCaffrey also set conference records in the 200 individual medley (1:56:19) and 100 freestyle (48:26). He participated in the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay teams that qualified for regions.
Most impressive accomplishments: He chopped almost two seconds from his state-championship breaststroke time of last year and a full second from his time in the butterfly to earn automatic All-America honors in both. He holds school records in the 50 freestyle, 100 freestyle, 200 freestyle, 100 butterfly, 100 breaststroke and 200 individual medley.
Future plans: McCaffrey participated in last week's Speed Short Course Junior National Championships for the second straight year by qualifying in the 100 fly and 100 breast. He's being recruited by Virginia Tech, LSU and Ohio State and plans to study engineering or architecture in college.
Did you know? McCaffrey comes from a swim-loving family. One of his older sisters, Caitlin, was a two-time conference champion in the 100 breaststroke. The other, Meghan, was the Times North Suncoast swimmer of the year in 2006 after winning the 50 free and 100 butterfly at state. Even then, Devin was regarded as the family's best swimmer.
50 free: Cameron Hilgenberg, Jr., Land O'Lakes: 16th at 2A state meet (22:58) after placing third at region
100 fly: Devin McCaffrey, Jr., Mitchell: Won the 2A state meet (49:10) with a time good enough for automatic All-America honors
100 free: Hunter Swartsel, Sr., Gulf: Seventh at 2A state meet (47:75)
100 back: Hunter Swartsel, Sr., Gulf: Seventh at 2A state meet (54:04)
100 breast: Devin McCaffrey, Jr., Mitchell: Won the 2A state meet and qualified for automatic All-America honors (56:97)
200 free: Caleb Zeleznock, Jr., Wesley Chapel: Qualified for 2A state meet, finishing in 1:51:60
200 individual medley: Jordan Wheeler, Fr., Land O'Lakes: Qualified for 2A state meet, finishing in 2:01:96
500 free: Jordan Wheeler, Fr., Land O'Lakes: Made it to 2A state meet and finished in 4:53:22
200 free relay: Sunlake (Terence St. Onge, Daniel Sarrett, Tyler St. Onge, Austin VanVliet): Rallied from a 0.72-second deficit to edge Pasco by 0.01 seconds and claim the district title (1:36:47)
200 medley relay: Sunlake (Juan Lopez, Austin VanVliet, Daniel Sarrett, Terence St. Onge): Took third at region meet (1:44:06) and claimed the district title
400 free relay: Gulf (Jordan Dailey, Spencer Regelson, Daniel Ramech, Hunter Swartsel): Placed fifth at region (3:28:09) after winning district
Diving: Austin Wachsman, Sr., Sunlake: Finished 14th at 2A state meet
Coach of the year
Barbara Hayes, Land O'Lakes: Led a deep Gators squad to the Sunshine Athletic Conference title and the championship at the Class 2A, District 5 meet. Her Land O'Lakes team also tied Sunlake for an area-best fifth place at region.
50 free: Peter Mercadante, Jr., Pasco; 100 fly: Matt Menendez, So., Wiregrass Ranch; 100 free: Austin VanVliet, Sr., Sunlake; 100 back: Austin Wojkiewicz, Jr., River Ridge; 100 breast: Caleb Zeleznock, Jr., Wesley Chapel; 200 free: Spencer Regelson, Jr., Gulf; 200 individual medley: Austin Wojkiewicz, Jr., River Ridge; 500 free: Jordan Dailey, So., Gulf; 200 free relay: Pasco (Kenneth Graham, Tim Dombrowski, Caleb Balogh, Peter Mercadante); 200 medley relay: Gulf (Jordan Dailey, Hunter Swartsel, Spencer Regelson, Daniel Ramech); 400 free relay: Land O'Lakes (Jordan Wheeler, Spencer Phillips, Grant Pawlak, Cameron Hilgenberg); Diving: Taylor Ellis, Fr., Sunlake.
Academy at the Lakes: Dillan Villavisanis (100 breast, 200 individual medley); Bishop McLaughlin: Casey Bauer (100 free); Fivay: Dominick Grilli (50 free, 100 free), Coty Dalrymple (100 breast), 200 medley relay (Jacob Atwell, Coty Dalrymple, Marcelo Ortega, Dominick Grilli), Jesse Miller (diving), Marcelo Ortega (100 fly); Hudson: Dalton Hale (100 fly); Land O'Lakes: 200 medley relay (James Adams, Alex Long, Jordan Wheeler, Spencer Phillips), Spencer Phillips (50 free), James Adams (100 fly), 200 free relay (Patrick Lawson, Grant Pawlak, Ryan Cox, Cameron Hilgenberg); Ridgewood: Emir Muratovic (200 free), 200 free relay (Anthony Hays, Moises Chacon, Emir Muratovic, Timothy Bennett); Springstead: 200 medley relay (Morgan Kiloh, Evan Monahan, Jese Guardado, Taylor Clary), Morgan Kiloh (200 free), Charlie Watson (200 individual medley), Taylor Clary (50 free, 100 free), Jese Guardado (500 free); Sunlake: 200 free relay (Austin VanVliet, Terence St. Onge, Tyler St. Onge, Daniel Sarrett), Juan Lopez (100 back); Weeki Wachee: 200 medley relay (Steven James, Matt Hanley, Zach Guerin, Jake Bence); Wesley Chapel: John Thompson (100 back, 200 free), 400 freestyle relay (Logan McMahan, Carlos Hower, John Thompson, Caleb Zeleznock); Zephyrhills: Samuel Rockhill (diving).
Girls Swimmer of the Year Mazie Siddens, Sr., Mitchell
Why we picked her: Siddens was the area's top all-around swimmer. She won the 100 butterfly (59:06) and took second in the 200 individual medley (2:12:29) at the Class 2A, Region 2 meet. She also helped the Mustangs to top-five finishes in the 200 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay at regions. Siddens set Sunshine Athletic Conference records in the 100 butterfly (58:88) and 200 medley relay (1:59:47) and was the conference's girls swimmer of the year.
Most impressive accomplishments: Siddens set school records in the 200 freestyle, 500 freestyle, 100 backstroke, 100 butterfly, 200 medley relay, 200 free relay and 400 freestyle relay. She shaved half a second off of the conference record in the 100 butterfly.
Future plans: Siddens, an Indiana native, hopes to earn a swimming scholarship at the University of Indianapolis or Milligan College (Tenn.). She plans to study special education. "I've always loved kids," Siddens said. "I feel like there's a need for teachers in that area."
Did you know? Siddens was never really into the military but joined the Navy Junior ROTC program at Mitchell. She enjoys field meets and is on the unit's push-up team. "Coach (Scott Hernon) doesn't believe me because I can hardly do like 10 pushups at swim practice," Siddens said.
50 free: Athena Cimino, Fr., Wiregrass Ranch: Seventh at 3A state meet (24:46)
100 fly: Krystin Demsher, So., Land O'Lakes: Sixth at 2A state meet (59:28)
100 free: Athena Cimino, Fr., Wiregrass Ranch: 12th at 3A state meet (53:44)
100 back: Courtney Meyer, So., Sunlake: 10th at region (1:08:12)
100 breast: Jocelyn Williams, So., Land O'Lakes: Advanced to state after taking seventh at region (1:12:26)
200 free: Monica Surrena, So., Springstead: Won district and finished fifth at region (2:04:05)
200 individual medley: Mazie Siddens, Sr., Mitchell: Took second at region (2:12:29) to qualify for state
500 free: Nicole Harder, Jr., Sunlake: Seventh at region (5:23:53)
200 free relay: Wiregrass Ranch (Chelsea Hernandez, Fern Powell, Mallory Gant, Athena Cimino): Clocked an area-best 1:45:97 at region, placing 10th
200 medley relay: Mitchell (Elaina Cancello, Taylor Anderson, Mazie Siddens, Claudia Cancello): Placed fifth at 2A-2 region meet (2:00:14) after winning district
400 free relay: Sunlake (Savannah Mattox, Nicole Harder, Courtney Meyer, Carigan Albert): Placed fourth at 2A-2 region meet (3:53.98) and second at districts.
Diving: Amanda Maser, Jr., Mitchell: Placed third at 2A state meet
Coach of the year
Robin Hilgenberg, Land O'Lakes: Her Gators had few superstars but powered their way to a conference title and a first-place finish at the Class 2A, District 5 meet. They finished eighth at regions.
50 free: Taylor Anderson, Fr., Mitchell; 100 fly: Mazie Siddens, Sr., Mitchell; 100 free: Savannah Mattox, Sr., Sunlake; 100 back: Nicole Harder, Jr., Sunlake; 100 breast: Taylor Anderson, Fr., Mitchell; 200 free: Elaina Cancello, Jr., Mitchell; 200 individual medley: Carigan Albert, So., Sunlake; 500 free: Krystin Demsher, So., Land O'Lakes; 200 free relay: Mitchell (Taylor Anderson, Elaina Cancello, Claudia Cancello, Mazie Siddens); 200 medley relay: Land O'Lakes (Jocelyn Williams, Elise Herbert, Krystin Demsher, Andrea Mapugay); 400 free relay: Land O'Lakes (Krystin Demsher, Dona McDonald, McKenzie Koth, Jocelyn Williams); Diving: Ashley Morris, So., Zephyrhills.
Academy at the Lakes: Rachel Sledge (200 individual medley); Bishop McLaughlin: Jemma Cropanese (100 fly); Central: Frankie Reese (100 breast); Fivay: Rael Raskovich (100 free), 200 medley relay (Gabriella Klingensmith, Rachel Bradley, Megan Nunn, Rael Raskovich), Kylie Hullstrung (500 free); Gulf: Kelsey Magolan (200 individual medley), Sarah Bachand (200 free), Audrey Kuhns (100 breast); Hudson: Ashley Powers (50 free); Land O'Lakes: Elise Herbert (100 breast), Dana Lawson (200 free), Andrea Mapugay (50 free), Alexandria Haqq (50 free), McKenzie Koth (50 free, 100 free), Connor McKay (100 fly), Dona McDonald (100 free); Mitchell: Katherine Cancello (200 free), Kimberly Erickson (200 free), Claudia Cancello (200 individual medley); Pasco: Brittney Kahler (50 free, 100 free); Ridgewood: Ashley Michaud (200 individual medley); River Ridge: Madison Starkey (diving); Springstead: Caitlyn Hall (50 free, 100 free); 400 free relay (Caitlyn Hall, Morgan Szymanski, Rebecca Glidden, Monica Surrena); Sunlake: 200 medley relay (Nicole Harder, Courtney Meyer, Carigan Albert, Savannah Mattox), Julia Villicana (100 back); Wiregrass Ranch: Chelsea Hernandez (100 free), 200 medley relay (Paige Lenczden, Gabby Harbison, Cassie Palmer, Mallory Gant), Paige Lenczden (100 back).