ST. PETERSBURG — The terms "wide open" and "up for grabs" do not apply when it comes to girls team titles at the Tampa Bay Classic swim meet.
Shorecrest won the title at the meet's inaugural event last year, and it was widely assumed the Chargers would leave other girls teams in their wake Saturday at North Shore Pool considering they had everyone returning.
So in one of the most anticlimactic races for a team title, Shorecrest rolled as expected, scoring 455 points to beat Clearwater Central Catholic by 127.
The Tampa Bay Classic also doubles as the Bay Conference meet. It is one meet but scored for two competitions. The Chargers won the Bay Conference girls title for the second year in a row, outscoring Northside Christian 560-448.
"We have a really strong girls team, and I thought we had a chance to do really well," Shore-crest coach Patti Nardozzi said.
The Chargers' Jessica Piper and Hope Andrews were on two relays (200-yard medley and 400-yard free) that set Classic records. In the 200 free relay, they teamed with Paige Tripp and Rachel Thigpen to win in 1 minute, 57.73 seconds. And in the 400 free relay, they swam with Tripp and Katy Alexander to win in 3:48.66.
Piper and Andrews were strong in individual events. Piper set a Classic record with her win in the 200 individual medley (2:10.70) and she won the 100 fly (1:01.86). Andrews matched her with a Classic record in the 500 free (5:08.07) and won the 200 free (1:56.53).
The other girl to win multiple individual events was Northside Christian's Jaqueline St. Louis, who set Classic records in the 100 free (54.13) and 100 breast (1:07).
On the boys side, Shorecrest won the Bay Conference title for the second straight year, scoring 494 to beat Northside Christian by 234. But the Chargers could not defend their Tampa Bay Classic title, finishing second with 312 points, 135 behind champion Berkeley Prep.
Matt Izzo led Shorecrest, setting a Classic record with his victory in the 50 free (23.13) and taking second in the 100 free.
"I was really proud of the way the boys performed," Nardozzi said. "We were depleted with a couple of swimmers who missed the meet. But a lot of our younger guys came through."
Berkeley Prep's Will Miller set a Tampa Bay Classic meet record in the 200 free in 1 minute, 52 seconds and won the 100 free in 50.76 seconds.