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Berkeley boys, Tampa Prep girls finish dual-meet season on high notes

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Thu. October 14, 2010 | Adam Berry

TAMPA — Tampa Prep’s girls and Berkeley Prep’s boys finished off their respective dual-meet seasons exactly as they had hoped: with yet another convincing victory Thursday night.

Berkeley Prep capped its first undefeated dual meet season since 1997 by defeating the Terrapins 108-78. Tampa Prep finished a one-loss season by cruising to a 139-47 triumph at its home pool.

“With the schedule we swam, it’s really good,” Bucs coach Kevin Rosepapa said of the 9-0 dual-meet record. “We’re really happy about that. And that was one of their goals, so we’re pleased.”

After sweeping an extremely challenging series of meets last week — the Tampa Bay Classic, at Jesuit and at Lake Highland Prep — Rosepapa said his team was basically swimming through the meet, but he was still pleased with the effort.

“From last week and then into this week, we finished off really well. I’m really happy,” Rosepapa said. “I guess it’s the final thing on the cake for the dual-meet season this year for us. Our eyes have definitely started to move toward districts and regions.”

Tampa Prep, meanwhile, finished first in all 11 girls races, took the top two spots in all but one and finished 1-2-3 in five events. The nearly 100-point victory followed up an impressive sixth-place finish at the FSPA meet in Orlando last weekend against some of the state’s best.

“It was a great night for the girls. They’re pretty tired, and they were fired up for this meet,” Tampa Prep coach Jason Bowes said.

“They’re having a great year. We lost once against Plant, which was really, really close. Tonight was obviously good for them moving into districts.”

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