ST. PETERSBURG — Boca Raton St. Andrews will take a pile of medals home after a dominant performance and team sweeps at the Tampa Bay Classic meet at the North Shore Pool.
St. Andrews girls swimmers were first in every individual and team event to easily win the girls team title with 567 points. Jacksonville Episcopal was a distant second in the 15-team field with 298 points, and Tampa Prep was third with 266.
On the boys side, St. Andrews had 461 points to best the 14-team field. Shorecrest was second with 330 and Berkeley Prep third with 308.5
Shorecrest's highlight was John Farese, who swam a blazing 47.95 seconds in the 100 freestyle, just six-tenths of a second off the school record set in 1988. He followed that with a 52.86 in the 100 backstroke, his second-best time of the season.
"It's a good indicator of where I'm at at midseason," Farese said. "I was thinking about the (100 free) record and I was close. I just wanted to be at 47-somewhere. I'm happy with that."
Farese also helped Shorecrest finish second in the 400 free relay in a time of 3:21.03 with teammates Mark Marshburn, Alex Grant and Joshua Chen.
Tampa Prep's Rasmus Skjaerpe won the 200 freestyle in 1:43.56 and the 100 butterfly in 51.42. Tampa Prep's boys were fourth overall with 299 points.
In diving, Jesse Potts of Berkeley Prep won with a score of 342.356. Tampa Prep's Kevin Takemoto was second (289.65) and teammate Alec Sussman was third (271.95).
The girls diving winner was Blaire Mulka of St. Andrews (483.60) while Berkeley Prep's Stephanie Punzak (357.30) and Nikki Potts (343.70) were second and third respectively.
The Tampa Bay Classic featured private schools from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties, along with St. Andrews and Jacksonville Episcopal.