TAMPA — This may be the best boys Berkeley Prep swim team of all time, which is saying a lot considering the Bucs have won 10 straight district titles, nine straight region titles (with a 10th no doubt coming next week) and placed second in the state in 2016 with one of the best teams in the nation.
The 2018 prowess was on full display Friday night at the Class A, District meet where the Bucs boys won nine of the 12 events and swam away with the team title with 676 points, 243 ahead of runnerup Tampa Prep.
"We have been building and building for a while, but we want to keep building more," Berkeley Prep coach Kevin Rosepapa said. "We want to beat (Jacksonville) Bolles (winners of 30 straight boys state team titles)."
From the looks of Friday night, beating Bolles at state isn't completely out of the conversation because of talent such as Peter Tanner, Ryaan Hatoum, Matthew Dieffenthaller, Christopher Dieffenthaller, George Gramling, Logan Ingerick, Jack Harrison, Tyler Roberton and Dante DesRosier: All of whom either won an individual event or won in a relay Friday night.
"We certainly have more depth than we've ever had," said Rosepapa, who added that as many as eight individual boys school records could fall by season's end. "That's for sure."
And that goes for the girls' side as well. On Friday, for instance, the Bucs dominated in the team race, winning with 624 points, 258 ahead of Tampa Prep.
Leading the way was Maureen Tanner, Allison Holmes, Sabrina Vergara, Megan Maguire, Elliot Easton and Isabela Arcila, who all won individual titles and/or helped win a relay as well.
Tops at Tampa Prep
While Berkeley Prep soaked up much of the accolades, Tampa Prep featured several shining breakthroughs, including: Ava Carter, who won the 200 free (1:57.29) and the 100 butterfly (59.54); and Christian Perez, who won the 100 butterfly (54.04) and Logan Tirheimer, who won the 100 freestyle (47.71).
In the quickest girls races of the night, the 50 free and the 100 free, a different swim cap other than Berkeley Prep and Tampa Prep touched the wall first.
That cap belonged to Academy at the Lakes sprinter McKenna Smith, who won the 50 in 24.38 and the 100 in 53.44.