St. Petersburg and Northeast celebrated their seniors Wednesday night, but underclassmen stole the show.
In the annual senior-night showdown, interrupted at mid-meet by roses and celebrated post-meet by pizza, the Green Devils won the boys and overall competition at Roberts Pool, while the Vikings' girls dominated.
"We knew it would be close," St. Petersburg coach Kim Angulo said after her post-meet dunking.
"Our kids worked really, really hard and we were just happy to pull it out."
The Green Devils were paced by seniors Mike Moore and Robby Decker. Swimming in their final home dual meet, Moore won the 50 and 100 freestyle, then combined with Decker on the winning 200 medley and 200 free relays. Decker also took second in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.
"Mike and Robby were both awesome tonight," Angulo said. "Both have really hard work ethics and that shows through."
For Northeast, sophomore David Baron (100 butterfly, 100 breast), sophomore John Margaritondo (200 IM, 100 back), and freshman Teddy Bradley (200 and 500 free) were double-winners.
"The key tonight was staying out of last place," Angulo said. "It wasn't necessarily the first-places, but the second- and third- and fifth-places."
Youth dominated the girls' meet, too. While Northeast senior Anna Lopez drove two first-place relay teams (200 medley, 400 free) and was second in the 100 back, her younger counterparts paced the individual events.
Viking freshman Heather Skaggs won the 200 and 500 free, junior Angela Amor took the 100 fly and 100 free, and junior Mandy Booth won the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM.
"I was kind of hoping they'd split up some of their girls (into different events)," Northeast coach Bill Burrows said. "But they didn't and they didn't need to."
Sophomore Kristen Nardozzi was a double-winner for St. Petersburg.
In diving, Green Devil senior Katie Goodall said her goodbye by beating sophomore teammate Amanda DeSantis. Northeast senior Rachel Rodgers finished third. Green Devil junior Ryan Braun edged Northeast senior Daryl Clampett for the boys.