SARASOTA — Perhaps it wasn’t a question of whether Berkeley Prep’s boys swim team would win the Class A, Region 3 meet, but rather would the boys and girls teams sweep.
The Buccaneers provided the answer almost immediately at Selby Aquatic Center on a rainy Saturday.
Berkeley Prep won the girls and boys 200-yard medley relays by more than a second, taking leads it never relinquished en route to the titles. For the boys, who posted 391 points, the title was their ninth in a row. For the girls, who finished with 306, it was their third title in the past five years, according to coach Kevin Rosepapa.
"This is a reward, and with the confidence they’ve gained over the past few years, they expect to win," Rosepapa said. "And, we swam really well, so we are looking forward to (states)."
The boys team finished as state runnerup last year, and the girls are eyeing a top-10 finish, Rosepapa said.
Bishop Verot gave the Buc girls a run, finishing second with 273.5 points. But the Vikings were 165 points back in the boys competition. Both Shorecrest and Tampa Prep finished in the top five.
Tampa Prep picked up wins from Coco Hull (girls 50 free, 24.06), Nick Carlin (boys diving, 472.65) and runnerup finishes from its girls 200-medley and 200-freestyle relay teams and John Carlin in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.01).
John Carlin and Hull are likely to advance in the boys and girls 100 freestyle, respectively. Both finished third, as did Ava Carter (200 freestyle, 1:55.12). The top two finishers in each individual event earned automatic berths Saturday. The next 16 fastest times across the state earn at-large berths in the 24-person field at state.
Brady White was third in diving on Friday.
"We did pretty good today. As always, it can be a little better, but …" Tampa Prep coach Jason Bowes said. "Coco did amazing, and she’s not rested or shaved so she will go faster next week. And the girls 200 free relay was a really good thing for us. The girls swam great. The boys are young though we have some standouts."
Shorecrest was led by Caleb Kravitz, who won the boys 200 individual medley (1:57.63). Dom Hoefer finished second in boys diving.
The day, however, belonged to the Bucs and their eight event titles, including five of the six relays. The boys swept the relays: 200 medley relay, 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle; and the girls won the 200 medley relay and the 200 freestyle relay.
Peter Tanner Jr. won the 50 freestyle and Ryaan Hatoum won the 100 breaststroke. Both also swam on two of the relays, and Tanner finished second in the 100 freestyle. Jack Harrison, Matt Dieffenthaller and Scott Showalter swam on two relays to make states as well. Dieffenthaller earned an individual berth in the 200 freestyle, finishing second (1:42.99).
The lone girls individual region champ for the Bucs earned her title Friday. Junior Nicole Stambo rolled to the diving title. Her 493.05 points were 76 better than runnerup Sophie Elwyn of Shorecrest. Gabby Donahue finished second in the girls 100 backstroke (57.11) to qualify as well.
Other event winners from the Tampa Bay area were Clearwater Central Christian’s Mark Kantzler (47.88), who finished second in the boys 50 freestyle, and Joshua McQueen of Canterbury St. Pete (200 freestyle, 1:42.23).