St. Petersburg Times Online: Sports
Place an Ad Calendars Classified Forums Sports Weather

printer version

Hudson takes overall SAC title


© St. Petersburg Times, published October 29, 2000

NEW PORT RICHEY -- Gulf coach Linda Cassidy, whose team hosted the fourth annual Sunshine Athletic Conference meet Saturday, spoke earlier this week of the sport's cyclical nature.

She was right. Two new winners emerged as conference champions at the New Port Richey pool. Hudson won the girls meet and placed third in the boys meet to win the overall title, ending River Ridge's three-year stranglehold on the overall title.

"This was the biggest goal for the whole season," said Amanda Paulo, Hudson's state champion in the 100 backstroke last year.

"I think (the program) is improving each year, and we have more kids every year," said Nickol White, who has coached the Cobras since their inception in 1997.

Zephyrhills won its first title as the boys defeated surprising Pasco, a first-year team, 61-57.

"We're always the underdogs," Bulldogs coach Shannon Mathews said.

Mathews' emotions ran like a roller coaster. She went from celebrating an apparent boys record in the 200-yard freestyle relay to disappointment after the relay was disqualified. The announcement of Zephyrhills as boys champs brought Mathews and the team back to a higher plane.

"As we were celebrating, our boys walked up very somber, and we knew," Mathews said of the disqualification in which Alex Velasquez's early start wiped out what would have been a time of 1:41.54.

Three SAC records fell courtesy of Paulo and River Ridge's Kevin Rumble. Rumble set marks in the 100 butterfly (55.71, beating Land O'Lakes' Jeff Curtis' 58.50 in 1997) and the 500 free (4:58.29).

That time, as well as those of Ridgewood's Joe Dalia and Pasco's Brett Clark, broke the 1998 mark of 5:46.86 held by Land O'Lakes' Andrew Gil.

Paulo swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:11.61, topping the 1:12.20 set last year by River Ridge's Carli Dofka.

But Paulo took exceptional satisfaction in swimming the final leg of the 400 free relay that narrowly defeated Land O'Lakes.

"I had to do it," Paulo said. "This is my job to do it. I didn't want to let the team down."

The Land O'Lakes girls capped a 9-0 regular season by finishing second. The Gators also were second overall. Three-time champ River Ridge was third overall.

Back to Sports
Back to Top

© 2006 • All Rights Reserved • Tampa Bay Times
490 First Avenue South • St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • 727-893-8111
Contact the Times | Privacy Policy
Standard of Accuracy | Terms, Conditions & Copyright

From the Times sports desk

Hubert Mizell

  • Time for Bucs to make stand
  • Two stars, one really big victory
  • Bucs

  • Shared failings
  • Fourth-quarter woes mean unhappy ending
  • King spoke his mind very early on
  • Lynch a quick learner
  • Buccaneers best and worst: game 8
  • Marcus Jones: Anything can happen
  • Bucs chat
  • Vikes change, yet stay same
  • Analysis: Fox's John Madden
  • Quick hits
  • Fourth quarter charge
  • Gators assume control
  • NFL

  • Rams use bench as motivational tool
  • NFL games
  • College football

  • No mercy for an old friend
  • College football around the nation
  • UF sideliners
  • UF quotebook
  • UGA quotebook
  • Coaches' call stuns Chandler
  • Gator quarterback wheel spins again
  • Henry, Dixon in the books
  • USF sideliners
  • College football around the state
  • Big East roundup
  • Big 12 roundup
  • UM injury woes worst at fullback
  • Storm passing through just grazes Hurricanes
  • Ex-assistant impresses Bowden
  • FSU sideliners
  • Lightning/NHL

  • Frustrated Ludzik kicks players off ice
  • NHL briefs
  • Slap shots
  • Stricter officiating has not tamed game
  • Golf

  • Flesch savors his first taste of Tigermania
  • Chores first, then golf
  • Devil Rays/Baseball

  • Rays looking to add some power in right
  • Baseball briefs
  • Motorsports

  • Auto racing briefs
  • Preps

  • Central's girls again win conference meet
  • Crystal River pulls off sweep
  • Trash-talking stars lead Sickles
  • Countryside wary of upset
  • Hudson takes overall SAC title
  • Seminole shines at North County
  • Regional tourneys bring pressure
  • Et cetera

  • NBA's East feels a bit uncentered
  • Ex-Bucs quarterbacks a focus in first draft
  • Mizell's mailbag
  • Sports briefs
  • Clemens sets another bad example for kids
  • Political correctness battle
  • Highs and lows
  • Captain's corner

  • From the wire

    From the state sports wire
  • Jacksonville's Spicer placed on IR after leg surgery
  • FIU-Western Kentucky game postponed because of Jeanne
  • Brown anxious to face old team for first time
  • Dolphins' desperate defense readies for Roethlisberger
  • Former Sarasota lineman sheds tough-guy image with Michigan
  • Rothstein rejoins Heat as assistant
  • No. 16 Florida has history on its side against Kentucky
  • FSU and Clemson QBs both off to slow starts