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Devils, Vikings take titles

However, a trio from SPC steals the show with a combined eight victories.

By JOHN SCHWARB, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 27, 2002

ST. PETERSBURG -- Green Devils and Germans combined to create quite a day at the pool Saturday at the St. Petersburg City Championships.

St. Petersburg High, having played second fiddle to Northeast the past two years in the boys competition, returned to the top with a dominating 536-415 win over the Vikings. On the girls side, Northeast defended its title, though its team effort was overshadowed somewhat by a trio of German swimmers from St. Petersburg Catholic.

Dani Brands, who moved to the United States from Germany three years ago, and German exchange students Yasemin Taskin and Helene Wudy combined for six individual event titles and had a hand in two relay victories.

"We're having a lot of fun," said Brands, who won the 50- and 100-yard freestyle at North Shore Pool. "I think I did all right."

Taskin dominated in the 100 butterfly (59.87 seconds) and 500 free (5:04.14), while Wudy won the 200 individual medley (2:11.52) and set a meet record with a 1:06.36 in the 100 breaststroke.

"I just tried to do my best and finish the swim," said Wudy, who will return to Germany in June.

The trio also combined with Kristina Fisher to win the 200 medley relay (1:57.88) and set a meet record in the 200 free relay (1:44.64). Taylor Hotz started off the Barons' winning ways Friday with a victory in diving.

Ryan Troup won the boys diving for St. Petersburg, and the Green Devils continued Saturday with five swimming wins. The team claimed 200 medley relay and 400 free relay wins, freshman Andy Stoddard won the 200 IM and senior Joe Eberhard won the 100 fly and set a record in the 100 breast (1:01.77).

"It's a good position to be in, a good feeling," said Eberhard on the team title. "It's good to leave the school with a championship in the city meet."

Shorecrest's Adam Moody (100 free, 100 backstroke) and Admiral Farragut's Mitchell Snyder (200 and 500 free) each won two events.

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