TAMPA — Cameron Martin's biggest challenge didn't come from his fellow competitors in Thursday's Class A, District 7 meet at Berkeley Prep. It came from the weather.
"It was a little cold," said Martin, a Clearwater Central Catholic senior. "That makes muscles tight."
To keep warm out of the pool, Martin buried himself between "five or six layers."
Once in the water, he absolutely — as expected — dominated. In the 100-yard backstroke (51.96 seconds) and 100 butterfly (50.85), Martin took first, setting a school record in the process.
"I'm happy, but I would have liked to go a little faster," Martin said. "There are some minor things, like turns, I could do better at."
Behind Martin's effort, CCC (367 points) placed third behind Jesuit (451) and Berkeley Prep (437). Calvary Christian (67) was seventh. On the girls side, CCC took fourth while Calvary Christian was seventh.
The only other Pinellas County first Thursday was recorded by CCC's boys 200 medley relay of Eric Thatch, Noah Harrington, Martin and Zak Taylor. The squad finished in 1:44.06.