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TAMPA — When Tampa Prep sophomore Rasmus Skjaerpe readies to swim on his block, he doesn’t necessarily stand out in the line of boys wearing similar suits and caps.
As soon as Skjaerpe hits the water, though, his dominance becomes clear.
At the Class A, District 7 district swim meet Thursday, Skjaerpe won the 200 individual medley by 15 seconds with a time of 1:54:50.
He also won the 100 fly, was a part of the winning 400 free relay and teamed with his twin brother, Oscar, on the winning 200 free relay team.
“I want our relays to get top eight at states,” Skjaerpe said. “Individually, I definitely want to make top eight and top three, getting on the podium, would be a goal.”
Skjaerpe could not have created more distance between himself and the competition, whereas the only other boys swimmer to win multiple events, Clearwater Central Catholic’s Jared Brown, excelled in the two closest events. Brown won the 50 free in 22.31 and the 100 free in 49.65.
“It’s all a blur,” Brown said of his events. “Before you get any time to think about it, you’re already touching the wall. I just put my head down, try to get it done, and hopefully look up at the scoreboard and see that I came first.”
The Tampa Prep girls consistently had that experience, winning all but one of the night’s 11 events. The Terrapins took the girls team title 656 points. Emily Carideo won the 200 individual medley and 500 free for Tampa Prep, and teammate Emma Siewert won the 50 free and 100 fly. Host Berkeley Prep (436) finished second.
“We wanted to get four girls into every final,” said coach Jason Bowes. “And we got that.”
The Berkeley Prep boys were able to take advantage of their depth win the team title with 530 points. Skjaerpe and the rest of the Terrapins finished second and have made winning next week’s region meet a goal.
At the New Tampa YMCA, the Newsome boys and girls teams, led by Collin Logan, Gavin Byrd, Maddie Hess and Amy Taylor, swept the Class 3A, District 4 finals.