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Berkeley Prep swimmers encouraged by finish, improving times

ST. PETERSBURG — Berkeley Prep swimmers Laura Jordan and Kyle Dent took home individual titles Saturday in the inaugural Tampa Bay Classic at the North Shore Pool.

Jordan, Dent and Andreas Hatoum led the Buccaneers to solid team finishes. The girls were fourth, the boys fifth.

"I think it was an awesome day for Berkeley Prep," said Hatoum, who was second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 100 breaststroke. "Overall, everyone cut times. Those who came back for the finals really pulled it off. I was hoping to come out with a win, but I cut times and I'm happy with my best times ever."

Jordan and Kelsey Krauss of St. Petersburg Catholic finished in a dead heat for first in the girls 50 freestyle. Then Jordan competed in the next event, the 100 fly, and won it as well. Dent started the meet with a victory in diving.

Overall, Shorecrest Prep took first place in both the girls and boys divisions. The Chargers actually won four team championships because the meet doubled as the Bay Conference championship for several of the schools.

"I know we have a pretty solid team, but we weren't expecting this," Shorecrest coach Patty Nardozzi said. "I think we were looking at the Bay Conference (meet). I didn't think we would win overall."

Berkeley Prep swimmers encouraged by finish, improving times 09/27/08 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 1:40pm]
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