ST. PETERSBURG — Two years ago, Shorecrest's girls swim team won the St. Petersburg City Championships for the first time in more than two decades. This time, it was the Chargers' boys team that ended years of frustration.
Led by a quartet of swimmers, Shorecrest won the boys meet for the first time, scoring 437 points to beat the defending champion Green Devils by 61.
"I'm ecstatic that the boys were able to win," Chargers coach Patty Nardozzi said. "It was something they've wanted for a while, and I knew they had a pretty good shot at it after the preliminaries. They basically just had to swim clean and not have any disqualifications."
John Farese was the big point scorer for Shorecrest. He won the 100 free (48.65 seconds), 100 back (52.11) and teamed with Joshua Chen, Alex Grant and Mark Marshburn on the 200 medley relay that won in 1:42.11.
In the 100 back, Farese beat his nemesis, Northeast's Georgi Krastev, by 0.12 seconds to set a meet record. The Chargers' time in the 200 medley relay also was a meet record.
Chen also was a champion in multiple events, finishing first in the 200 individual medley (2:01.08) and 100 breast (1:04.06). He swam in the 400 free relay with Farese, Marshburn and Clayton Cravey as the Chargers exacted revenge on Northeast to win in 3:22.50. Last week, the Vikings finished ahead of Shorecrest in the event at Florida Swimming Pool Association meet.
Other winners for Shorecrest included Marshburn in the 500 free (5:01.10) and Jack Stein in diving (469.70 points).
On the girls side, Shorecrest won for the third straight season, beating St. Petersburg 450-389.
The Chargers were led by Hope Andrews, who won the 200 free (1:57.77) and 100 free (54.95). She also did well in the relays, pairing with Courtney Coleman, Emma Spilman and Meredith Little to win the 200 free in 1:57.94, and teaming with Spilman, Little and Summer Kanstoroom to take first in the 400 free in 3:52.76.
Other individual winners for Shorecrest were Little in the 50 free (25.37), Spilman in the 100 fly (59.95) and Hannah Stein in diving (401.05).
St. Petersburg's Jessica Piper won the 200 IM (2:10.08) and 100 back (59.82).