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Swimming: Shorecrest girls, Northeast boys win St. Petersburg City Championships

ST. PETERSBURG — Shore-crest girls swim coach Patti Nardozzi looked at the psyche sheets before Saturday's St. Petersburg City Championships and figured her team had a shot at winning.

She didn't realize that her swimmers had already gone through the record book and realized that it had been 21 years since the Chargers last won a girls team title.

Shorecrest, using its superior depth, broke though, scoring 520 to beat St. Petersburg by 116.

"Everything just kind of fell together like I thought it could," Nardozzi said.

The Chargers were at full strength, something that wasn't the case two weeks ago when they were battling illness at the Tampa Bay Classic.

And Nardozzi put her numbers to good use Saturday with a strong lineup that produced wins in two of the three relay events. Rachel Shea, Paige Tripp, Jessica Piper and Hope Andrews won the 200-yard medley relay in 1 minute, 54.47 seconds. In the 400 freestyle relay, Piper, Andrews and Shea teamed with Katy Alexander to win in 3:43.42.

Another key was the 500 freestyle, where the Chargers had four of the top eight place-winners, including the champion, Andrews (5:06.18).

Northeast's Lauren Piper and A.J. Jones each won multiple individual events. Piper set a meet record in the 200 individual medley in 2:06.55 and also took first in the 100 back (1:00.04). Jones was the champion in the 100 free (54.86) and 100 breast (1:09.47).

As expected, Northeast won the boys title, scoring 456 to beat St. Petersburg by 23.

"I knew we had a pretty good shot coming in," Vikings coach Bill Burrows said. "We had strong performances in the relays, and some guys did well in the individual events."

Northeast's Patrick Rinard won the 50 free (22.76) and the 100 fly (57.13), and Terry Decker won the 100 free (50.60) and 100 back (58.26). Rinard also was on the winning 200 free relay (1:36.53) and 400 free relay (3:28.87). Decker was on the winning 200 medley relay (1:49.28) and part the 400 free relay.

Swimming: Shorecrest girls, Northeast boys win St. Petersburg City Championships 10/17/09 [Last modified: Saturday, October 17, 2009 11:00pm]
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