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A-7 swimming: Berkeley boys get first title in 10 years

TAMPA — Berkeley Prep's boys team already has done some pretty impressive things this season.

The Buccaneers won the Tampa Bay Classic against some of the top private schools in the bay area and handed Jesuit its first loss in a dual meet in 11 years. On Thursday, Berkeley Prep crossed off another goal by winning the Class A, District 7 team title, the school's first in 10 seasons.

"We had three things we wanted to accomplish this year," Bucs coach Kevin Rosepapa said. "The first was to stop Jesuit's win streak, and the others were to win district and region titles. We've already got two of the three."

The Bucs scored 550 points due in large part to sweeping the relay events and showcasing their depth in the sprints.

Will Miller and Andreas Hatoum were Berkeley's individual winners. Miller won the 200 free in one minute, 49.79 seconds and Hatoum took first in the 100 breast (1:06.78). In the events they didn't win, the Bucs were able to gobble up points, particularly in the 50 and 100 free.

Robinson's John Nolte was the champion in both the 50 free (22.76) and 100 free (50.05), but Berkeley Prep had the other top four place-winners.

Tampa Prep's Rasmus Skjaerpe was the other boy to win multiple individual titles, taking first in the 200 individual medley (2:04.86) and 100 back (56.82).

On the girls side, the Terrapins won the team title, scoring 460.

Tampa Prep had three individual winners, Rosalie Spada in the 200 free (2:05.59), Emma Siewert in the 200 IM (2:16.30) and Carylyn Waite in the 100 breast (1:14.45).

The Bucs finished second with 397 points and were led by Laura Jordan, who won the 50 free (24.42) and 100 fly (59.26).

Pinellas County had just two teams competing, Clearwater Central Catholic and Calvary Christian. And the Marauders were the only Pinellas school to field both boys and girls teams.

CCC's girls finished third and the boys fifth. Marauders Eric Thatch and Justin Haas each had strong performances. Thatch was second in the 100 back (1:00.72) and fourth in the 200 IM (2:09.25). Haas was second in the 200 free (1:53.78) and third in the 100 fly (1:00.23). They also were on the third-place 200 medley and second-place 200 free relay teams.

BOYS

Team scores — Berkeley Prep 550, Tampa Prep 473, Steinbrenner 269, Robinson 201, Clearwater Central Catholic 167, Tampa Catholic 105, Bayshore Chr. 33, Seffner Chr. 17, Strawberry Crest 16, Lennard 7.

200 medley relay — Berkeley Prep (Olney, Hatoum, Bobo, Eicholtz) 1:46.08; 200 free — Miller (BP) 1:49.79; 200 IM — Skjaerpe (TP) 2:04.86; 50 free — Nolte (Rob) 22.76, Eicholtz (BP) 22.99; 100 fly — Campo (TP) 58.92; 100 free — Nolte (Rob) 50.05; 500 free — Heath (Bay) 5:09.97; 200 free relay — Berkeley Prep (Miller, Bandes, A. Bandes, Eicholtz) 1:32.77; 100 back — Skjaerpe (TP) 56.82; 100 breast — Hatoum (BP) 1:06.78; 400 free relay — Berkeley Prep (Miller, Bandes, Z. Bandes, Hatoum) 3:27.85.

GIRLS

Team scores

Tampa Prep 460, Berkeley Prep 397, Clearwater Central Catholic 314, Steinbrenner 233, Robinson 230, Tampa Catholic 186, Calvary Christian 122, Strawberry Crest 94, Lennard 43.

200 medley relay — Berkeley Prep (Howell, Blatz, Jordan, Chancey) 2:00.45; 200 free — Spada (TP) 2:05.59; 200 IM — Siewert (TP) 2:16.30; 50 free — Jordan (BP) 24.42; 100 fly — Jordan (BP) 59.26; 100 free — Martin (TC) 57.02; 500 free — Volz (Stein) 5:27.49; 200 free relay — Steinbrenner (Pacheco, Holland, Volz, Mothedan) 1:48.78; 100 back — Howell (BP) 1:06.11; 100 breast — Waite (TP) 1:14.45; 400 free relay — Berkeley Prep (Jordan, Howell, Blatz, Lambos) 3:51.40.

A-7 swimming: Berkeley boys get first title in 10 years 10/29/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 30, 2009 12:24am]
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