ST. PETERSBURG — At the Tampa Bay Classic, it seemed as if a meet record was broken every time a swimmer came in contact with chlorinated water.
There were 13 records broken in individual events at the 3-year-old meet at North Shore Pool.
Unfortunately for bay area swimmers, it was a day of becoming increasingly familiar with stars from across the state.
Winter Park Trinity Prep and Boca Raton St. Andrews, two powerful boys and girls programs in Class A making their first appearance at this meet, set most of the meet records Saturday.
But their inclusion was welcome by meet organizers.
"We wanted to bring in some tough competition that would give a lot of teams around a test and a preview of what we'll see at state," Shorecrest coach Patty Nardozzi said.
Berkeley Prep's boys, the defending meet champion, won again, scoring 449 points to beat St. Andrews by 27.
Will Power led the Buccaneers, winning the 200-yard free in a record 1 minute, 47.63 seconds and finishing second in the 100 free (49.30). Chase Mayer was Berkeley's other individual champion (500 free, 5:01.45). The Buccaneers also finished as the runnerup in each relay.
"We were able to win because of depth," Berkeley Prep coach Kevin Rosepapa said. "We have a real strong team this year, and it was great competition. I'm glad to see this meet grow."
Shorecrest finished third among the girls teams and fourth among the boys. But the meet also crowns the Bay Conference champion, and that is where the Chargers shined, claiming both boys and girls team titles among local, small private school participants. Northside Christian was the Bay runnerup in both boys and girls.
Shorecrest's Hope Andrews won the 200 free (1:57.01) and 100 free (54.62). Two Chargers divers, Hannah and Jack Stein, each won. Hannah scored 433.5 points, missing her own meet mark by six points. Jack set a meet record with 476.80 points.
"(Hope Andrews has) always been strong in the 200 free, but we tried her in the 100 free to give her another event, and she responded well," Nardozzi said.