ST. PETERSBURG —- It's not often a school has a chance to win four titles in one day, but Shorecrest did it Saturday.
The Chargers competed in the inaugural Tampa Bay Classic meet, which doubled as the Bay Conference championships. It was one meet, but scoring for two competitions, and Shorecrest won the boys and girls team titles in both events.
"Actually, I think we're pretty surprised," Shorecrest coach Patty Nardozzi said. "I know we have a pretty solid team, but we weren't expecting this. I think we were looking (to win) the Bay Conference, but I didn't think we would win overall."
Shorecrest and five other schools were competing for the Bay Conference titles. The Chargers collected 456 points in the girls meet, followed by Northside Christian with 381. In the boys division, Shorecrest had 463 points, and Northside was second with 428.
In the Bay Classic scoring, which involved nine teams, the Northside girls were second (405 to 344), but St. Petersburg Catholic was second on the boys side (377 to 281).
Hope Andrews and Katy Alexander played big roles for the Chargers. Andrews won the 500 freestyle, and Alexander was second. It was a similar story in the 200 freestyle; Andrews was second, Alexander third.
Hannah Stein won the girls diving and Rachel Shea the 100 backstroke for the Chargers. Shea, Alexander, Andrews and Rachel Thigpen teamed to win the 400 freestyle relay.
Oddly, the Chargers boys won the titles without winning any races. Clearwater Central Catholic's Cameron Martin, however, posted four wins (the 100 fly, 100 backstroke and two relays).
"It was pretty much what I expected, but it was a good in-season test," said Martin, whose time in the 100 fly was better than his second-place fly at the state meet last year.