SARASOTA — As expected, Shorecrest had plenty of girls champions at the Class A, Region 3 swim meet.
But Chargers coach Patty Nardozzi knew that wouldn’t be enough to retain the team title. The biggest obstacle was Tampa Prep, which beat Shorecrest in a dual meet earlier this season.
Sure enough, the Terrapins came through, outscoring Shorecrest 383-257.5.
“Tampa Prep has a really strong team,” Nardozzi said. “I knew it was probably going to be a fight for second place.”
The Chargers started strong in the finals, winning the first two events. The 200 medley relay team of Hope Andrews, Paige Tripp, Rachel Thigpen and Meredith Little took first in 1:54.90. Andrews came back to win the next race, the 200 free, in 1:55.41. She also won 500 free (5:05.34) and swam the anchor leg along with Tripp, Thigpen and Little on the second-place 400 free relay (3:48.93).
“Paige swam tremendous for us and really was able to get us going early on,” Nardozzi said.
Shorecrest’s other champion was Hannah Stein, who won diving with 448.90 points.
But it wasn’t enough to hold off the Terrapins.
Tampa Prep’s Rebecca Werdine won the 50 free (24.51) and 100 free (52.92). Teammate Emma Siewert won the 100 fly (59.38). Siewert and Werdine also teamed with Katie Carter and Carylyn Waite on the winning 200 free relay (1:42.24). In the 400 free relay, Siewert and Carter swam along with Rosalie Spada and Emily Carideo to take first in 3:42.
On the boys side, Clearwater Central Catholic’s 200 free relay team of Justin Haas, Eric Thatch, Rhett Mattox and Jared Brown took first in 1:29.98. It was the county’s only champion in an individual or relay event. The Chargers’ Jack Stein was second in diving with 409.65 points.
Berkeley Prep won the boys title for the second straight season with 353 points. Shorecrest finished fourth (180) and the Marauders were fifth (159).