CLEARWATER — The last time the Seminole boys swim team won a district title, coach Danielle Spurgeon was a senior at the school — 10 years ago.
The Warhawks officially ended their drought Saturday at the Long Center, winning the Class 2A, District 9 title by 54 points over Clearwater.
"We expected it, but we were pleasantly surprised by how much we won by," Spurgeon said. "We had some phenomenal swims that we weren't expecting. We had kids score who we weren't expecting to score."
The only win on the day was the 200-yard freestyle relay of Jordan Hawkins, Cameron Hawkins, Erik Gottschling and Zachary Metka, who also added a pair of seconds in the 200 and 500 freestyles.
Cameron Chambers of Northeast had a huge meet, with firsts in the 200 individual medley, 500 free and 200 medley relay.
On the girls' side, Clearwater defended its district title with an 82.5-point win over Northeast, but this year it had help from some former Countryside swimmers. Junior Megan Rossi won the 500 free and was second in the 200 free. Sophomore Ashley Rossi was second in the 100 backstroke, and freshman Katherine Rossi was second in the 100 free.
Clearwater coach David Paul said the divers led way as four placed in the top 15, including champion Mariah Oakley. "We outscored (Northeast) by about 50 points in diving," he said. "A lot of times you don't recognize diving, but it made a difference."
Northeast, behind 200 free and 100 back wins from Megan Romano, provided a tough challenge. The Vikings were represented 16 times in the finals, but the Tornadoes were represented 23 times, and that depth was another difference.