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Last year, Berkeley Prep coach Kevin Rosepapa rang in the Buccaneers’ first district title in years by ceremonially getting tossed into the pool.
Thursday night at Tampa Prep, the result was the same as the Bucs racked up 517 points — a second straight Class A, District 7 title for Berkeley’s boys — but Rosepapa stayed dry, as his team’s postseason goals are far loftier than a district title. After a top-12 showing at states last year, Berkeley Prep is hoping for a region title next week in Sarasota and a top-10 finish at the state meet.
“We swam well. We swam how we were expected to swim,” Rosepapa said, adding that his team seems to be peaking at just the right time. “But we know we’ve got bigger fish to fry, and we’re looking forward to next week.”
On the girls side, host Tampa Prep won the district title with 579 points, easily beating out second-place Berkeley Prep (328) and third-place Clearwater Central Catholic (279).
Terrapins coach Jason Bowes said he was most impressed with his team’s all-around effort, as nearly the entire squad made it to the finals in their events.
“Across the board, it was a total team effort,” Bowes said. “The girls are really tired because it was a long day, but you can tell they were excited.”