TAMPA - Jesuit's boys and Berkeley Prep's girls captured Class A, District 7 titles Tuesday at the Berkeley Prep pool. Jesuit scored 525 points to ease by Tampa Prep's 502 and Berkeley Prep's girls defeated second-place Tampa Prep 493-434.
It was the sixth consecutive district championship for the Tigers, and second straight for Berkeley.
"It was tough going all day and through the finals," Jesuit coach Bill Shaffer said. "The finals were like a roller coaster, with the lead changing several times. We had a surge toward the end though and finally took control with the 200 freestyle relay event."
Jesuit won all three relays plus three individual events.
Tigers Tommy Wyher won the 100 backstroke, Bryn Leonard won the 100 breaststroke and sprinter Jimmy Goodwin won the 50 free.
Sophomore sprinter Brittany Boldizar won the 200-yard individual medley to capture the only individual title for the Berkeley Prep girls, whose depth paid off big.
"We had sixth graders and seniors scoring points for us and we only had one individual winner," Berkeley coach Kevin Rosepapa said. "It takes a lot of patience to coach 12-year-olds in the pool with 18-year-olds. However, our kids are disciplined, smart and have very supportive parents. They swam their best meet of the year today."
Terrapin state champions Chelsea Nauta won the 100 and 200 freestyle events and Brittany Nauta won the 50 freestyle. Both helped win the 400 freestyle relay for Tampa Prep.