ST. PETERSBURG — Last year, Jesuit watched its four-year streak of region team titles come to an end with a loss in the final event.
This year, the Tigers made sure there were no close calls.
Jesuit, thanks to its superior depth, reclaimed the team title at the Class 2A, Region 3 meet Friday, scoring 352 points, 84 more than Bradenton Lakewood Ranch.
"The boys take pride in region titles," Tigers coach Bill Shaffer said. "Last year, we were disappointed, especially having one swimmer out sick that cost us some points. But we really rallied together to get the title back."
Jesuit won just three events. Nevertheless, the Tigers were able to rack up points by placing swimmers in the top four in all but one event.
Dylan Attal was the Tigers' only individual champion, winning the 100 fly in 54.55 seconds. He also teamed with John Simon, Luiz Lima and Chris Swanson on the first-place 200 free relay (1:32.07). Attal then capped off his night by swimming on the winning 400 free relay (3:20.52), along with Simon, Swanson and Chase Goodwin.
Sickles' Trey Went won multiple titles, taking first in the 50 free (21.90) and 100 free (48.68). Went's teammate, Andrew Howard, won the backstroke in 55.90.
On the girls side, Academy of the Holy Names and Sickles stayed in contention for the team title until the final two events. Then their depth, or lack of, caught up to them.
Bradenton Lakewood Ranch, which won the team title with 313 points, vaulted from third place to the top by placing in the top three in the 100 breast and winning the 400 free relay. The Jaguars were second with 304 and the Gryphons were fourth with 244.
Sickles' Katie Westbrook, Cristina DeCisneros, Katie Sienkiewicz and Katie Cook were each on the winning 200 medley relay (1:52.46) and 200 free relay (1:40.66).
Westbrook also won the 200 free (1:52.51) and Cook took first in the 50 free (24.45).