ST. PETERSBURG — Last year, Shorecrest's girls had a remarkable breakthrough at the St. Petersburg City Championships, winning the team title for the first time in 21 seasons.
The prospects of repeating as champions were uncertain considering the Chargers lost key members from their 2009 team, including Jessica Piper, who transferred to St. Petersburg.
Nevertheless, Shorecrest scored 438 points to beat the Green Devils by 68.
"This is something the girls really wanted to do again," Chargers coach Patty Nardozzi said. "There were a lot of really good performances from a number of kids."
Hope Andrews was the big point scorer for Shorecrest. The junior won the 200 free (1 minute, 56 seconds) and the 500 free (5:16.09). She also teamed with Paige Tripp, Meredith Little and Rachel Thigpen on the winning 400 free relay (3:49.87).
The Chargers' other champion was Hannah Stein, who scored 419.45 points to win the diving competition. Thigpen was second with 382.05 points.
Piper did well for St. Petersburg. She won the 200 individual medley (2:12.79) and the 100 back (1:00.24). She also swam a leg on the winning 200 medley relay (1:57.56) and 200 free relay (1:46.56).
The only other girls swimmer to win multiple individual events was Northeast's AJ Jones, who took firsts in the 100 free (56.52) and 100 breast (1:14.41)
In the boys meet, the Green Devils, despite not winning an individual event or relay, won the team crown with 393 points to beat Northeast by 16 and Shorecrest by 29.
The Chargers and Vikings had star power in terms of champions.
Shorecrest's John Farese won the 200 free and 500 free (4:54.07). He also swam legs on the winning 200 medley relay (1:46.38) and 400 free relay (3:30.60).
Northeast had two swimmers, Georgi Krastev and Patrick Rinard, who each won multiple events. Krastev won the 200 individual medley (2:04.89) and 100 back (55.23). Rinard won the 50 free (22.19) and 100 fly (55.88).