TAMPA — Seven teams competed in Friday’s Class A, District 7 Championship meet at Berkeley Prep. But, as is traditionally the case, the battle was waged between two.
Berkeley Prep or Tampa Prep took first, second and third place in every individual event but one, as the Bucs boys cruised to their fifth consecutive district title with 646 points. The Terrapin girls won their sixth straight with 608 points.
Tampa Prep’s boys (519) Berkeley Prep’s girls (580) were second, with Tampa Catholic’s girls (229) and Tampa Bay HEAT’s boys (190) third.
“It’s two prep schools. We have a great relationship in terms of being competitive with each other,” Tampa Prep coach Jason Bowes said of his team’s rivalry with the Bucs. “I think it pushes both teams and makes for an interesting meet.”
The Berkeley Prep boys won just four individual events to Tampa Prep’s seven, but the Bucs’ depth helped the host team distance itself from the Terrapins.
Keating Mosher was the only boy to win multiple individual events for Berkeley, taking first place in the 100 (50.18) and 200 freestyle (1:49.13). For Tampa Prep, Rasmus Skjaerpe, an Arizona commit, won both of his individual events — the 100 backstroke (51.66) and the 200 IM (1:58.19).
Academy at the Lakes’ Dillan Villavisanis and Tampa Bay HEAT’s Joshua Craven were the only swimmers not representing Berkeley Prep or Tampa Prep to crack the top three individually. Villavisanis won the 100 breaststroke in 1:03.44, more than five seconds faster than second-place Craven.
On the girls side, three swimmers won both of their individual events: Berkeley Prep’s Elle Chancey (100, 50 free), and Tampa Prep’s Hannah Fredlake (200, 500 free) and Savannah Savitt (100 breaststroke, 200 IM).
Every winner in an individual event at each of the four districts earn an automatic spot in next Saturday’s region meet, which will be held at St. Petersburg’s North Shore Aquatics Complex. The rest of the field t will be determined by the top-20 times at those four district meets.
Berkeley Prep coach Kevin Rosepapa expects the rivalry between his team and Tampa Prep to carry over across the bridge.
Two years ago, the Tampa Prep and Berkeley Prep boys tied at the region meet, which until this year, was a prelims-finals event. Now, to Rosepapa’s dismay, the district, region and state meets are finals only.
It’s a change, he said, that will affect the rivalry — and the meet as a whole — as he knows it.
“It’s not so much different at districts, but it’s going to effect regions,” Rosepapa said. “It’s going to take the excitement out of it.”
Boys: Berkeley Prep 646, Tampa Prep 519, Tampa Bay Heat 190, Bishop McLaughlin 140.5, Tampa Catholic 129.5, Carrollwood Day 115, Academy at the Lakes 32