ST. PETERSBURG — The trophies for the Class A, District 8 swim meet were purchased weeks ago, but was there any reason the engravers could not have started on them beforehand?
Did anyone envision a scenario in which Shorecrest did not breeze to its fourth straight district title for both boys and girls?
Sure, there was the possibility of a bump or two during the meet and some close races. But make no mistake: The Chargers have the district's best program. They proved it — again — Saturday at the North Shore Pool, scoring 351 to win the boys meet and 446 to win the girls.
"We were really able to come through with some great swimming from the boys and girls," coach Patty Nardozzi said.
In the boys meet, Shorecrest got wins from Marcus Hutchinson in the 50 free, Rhet Rheinlander in the 100 back and Jake Stein in diving to finish 47 points ahead of Sarasota Cardinal Mooney.
"If there was one concern, it was probably with the boys," Nardozzi said. "We figured it could be close, but we had a lot of great performances."
Shorecrest's girls were more dominant (beating Northside Christian by 60), especially in the relays, where they won the 200 medley and 400 free. In individual events, Hope Andrews won the 200 and 500 free, Rachel Shea won the 100 back and Hannah Stein won diving.
As expected, St. Petersburg Catholic's Kelsey Krauss dominated her two events, the 50 free and 100 fly. Northside Christian's Jaki St. Louis also won multiple events, taking the 200 IM and 100 breast.