Citrus High is the two-time defending champion for boys and girls in the third annual Gulf Coast Conference swim meet to be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Spring Hill YMCA. But Hurricanes coach Doug Patton said his teams' stranglehold on the conference may be in jeopardy.
"It's going to be a lot different this year than in years past," said Patton, whose teams finished the regular season with identical 7-1 records. "There are a lot of people out there that are pretty good now."
The Lecanto boys had an 11-0 season and were the only team to beat Citrus this season. The Citrus girls did not lose a conference meet.
But Citrus and Crystal River will travel to New Port Richey and a pool with adequate diving facilities, while the Panthers will not enter a diving squad.
Central and Hernando High round out the five-team field.
Larry Bishop will be the new Citrus High varsity softball coach, activities director Vicki Overman announced Wednesday. Bishop, who coached the junior varsity team last year, replaces Renay Anderson, who resigned to spend more time with her 10-year-old daughter.
The Hurricanes return all but two players from last year's 15-10 squad that won district and regional titles.