Berkeley Prep sweeps titles at Class 1A, District 7 swim meet
Dominant throughout the season, Berkeley Prep’s boys and girls swim teams were the overwhelming favorites to win titles at the Class 1A, District 7 meet.
And in one of the most anticlimactic finishes, the Buccaneers did just that, winning both titles by more than 80 points over rival Tampa Prep.
It was the eighth straight district title for Berkeley Prep’s boys team, which outscored the Terrapins 650-567.
Robert Cecil, an extraordinary sprinter, led the Buccaneers by winning the 50 free (21.59) and setting a pool record with his first-place finish in the 100 free (46.47). He also anchored the 200 medley relay team that set a school record with a winning time of 1:38.05) and the 200 free relay team that took first in 1:28.88.
Berkeley Prep’s other individual champions were Nate Stovern in the 200 free (1:47.88), Jesse Potts in diving (46.40 points) and Ryan Hatoum in the 100 breast (1:00.34).
Tampa Prep’s Van Cates, the defending state runnerup in the 200 individual medley, won his signature race in 1:56.80 and was first the 100 back (52.63).
In the girls meet, the Buccaneers scored 586 points, 85 more than the Terrapins.
Berekeley Prep had three individual champions: Sabrina Vergara in the 200 free (2:01.34), Nicole Stambo in diving (484 points) and Megan McGauire in the 100 breast (1:09.02). The Buccaneers also won the 200 free relay (1:42.32)
Tampa Catholic’s Christin Rockway, the defending state champion in the 200 IM, won the event in 2:07.95) and was first in the 500 free (4:57.76).
Academy at the Lakes’ McKenna Smith won the 50 free (24.84) and the 100 free (53.35).