Sunlake Savors First Wins
The Sunlake boys and girls won their first meets this week in their first home meet, though the weather almost spoiled the program's monumental occasion. The Seahawks girls beat Wesley Chapel 56-31 and the boys squeaked out a 45-44 win on Wednesday at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Center, where a torrential downpour came down near the end of the meet, delaying everything for half an hour. When the meet resumed, the Sunlake boys and girls finished off their events and completed their milestone win. The Seahawks started out the season with only a handful of swimmers between the boys and girls, but since then some more have come out.The girls team is up to 14 girls and the boys team has seven. Sunlake boys coach Daniel Merced said Wednesday's meet against Wesley Chapel was the first time they were able to fill all the events and the first time neither team has competed in diving. 'What's been hurting us a lot this year is not filling other events plus not having diving because we're not getting those points,' Merced said. 'A lot times we're not on an even keel, but this time it was and it was a home meet so that made it even better.' Brad Morrison continues to lead the Seahawks and all other boys in Pasco County, and some of his teammates have been coming along, too. Freshmen Kyle Schaffer, Matt Dallas and Vince Battastini have been performing well for Sunlake boys as have Rachel Schaffer and Nikki Walters for the girls. 'It's been good,' Merced said. 'We're all happy we got our first win.' GATORS RELAYS IMPROVE: With a little mixing up of the relay lineups, the Land O' Lakes boys shaved of several seconds off all of their relays to drop their already county-best times. The 200 medley relay (1:58.39) and the 200 free relay (1:40.10) each took of two seconds this week against Pasco. The 400 free relay (3:45.83) took four seconds off and unsurprisingly the loaded Gator boys have not come close to losing a meet this season. REMINDER TO COACHES: Call in the results of your meets to The Tampa Tribune at (813) 259-7655 by 11 p.m. the night of the meet.