Earlier in the week, Jesuit swim coach Bill Shaffer invoked the school motto, "Man For Others," to motivate his team and remind them of what was necessary to win their 10th consecutive district title.
It took a team effort for the Tigers to come from behind and upset Berkeley Prep for the Class 1A-District 7 championship Thursday night. Jesuit won seven of the 11 events, but had to win the final event, the 400 free relay. They won by five seconds to edge Berkeley Prep by 14 points.
"It was a roller-coaster ride," Shaffer said. "We were making up points, then we'd give them back. The last four events told the story."
Jesuit's Vinny Donnelly (200 and 500 free) and Chris Swanson (50 free, 100 breast) led the Tigers with two individual titles, and both contributed to the winning 200 and 400 free relays. Clearwater Central Catholic's Cameron Martin was the only other double winner (100 fly, 100 back).
In girls, Holy Names ended Berkeley Prep's stronghold on the district with a first-place finish. Berkeley had won five consecutive district titles, but Holy Names was nearly 100 points better than Tampa Prep, and Berkeley finished third.
"We've been trying so hard to beat them," said junior Molly Sheridan, who won the 100 free and placed second in the 50 free. "It's not just the best swimmers, it's every swimmer. Every point counted."
Berkeley Prep was led by Laura Jordan (50 free, 100 fly wins). Tampa Prep's Grace Fredlake also had two wins (200 IM, 500 free).
Wharton Boys, Girls Win Titles
Wharton's boys and girls teams captured Class 3A-District 4 titles at the New Tampa YMCA.
The Wildcats girls won with 422 points, ahead of Lakeland Jenkins (398). The Wharton girls won all three relay events and got wins from Danielle Albright (200 free), Sarah Menendez (100 fly) and Blair Kueth (50, 100 free).
"This was a total team effort," Wildcats girls coach Julia Lamb said. "The wins in the relays were big, but this has been a top-to-bottom effort all year."
Wharton's boys had 382, while Bloomingdale was second with 320. Wharton had wins from Patrick Gilbreath (200 IM, 100 breast), Jordan Rees (50 free) and Paulo DiMare (100 fly).
Among the double winners: East Bay's Tyler Ball (500 free, 100 back) and East Bay's Kayley Chevalier (500 free, 100 back).
Plant City was third in boys and Durant finished third in girls.
Sunlake's Tillman Wins 2A-5 Diving
For 10 years, Sunlake diver Beth Tillman was a gymnast. This year, the junior switched to diving and the results have been impressive. Tillman, who won last week's Sunshine Athletic Conference diving meet, won the Class 2A-District 5 title in Land O' Lakes, scoring 329.65.
Joining Tillman at region will be Hudson's Megan Klebbe, who finished second with 318.70.
In the boys division, Land O' Lakes' Kody Kuhl scored 420.75 to finish 21.20 ahead of second-place Jonathan Dedea of River Ridge. Kuhl had six dives with a 2.2 or higher degree of difficulty and scored 40 or more points on five of them.
ROMANO PICKS GEORGIA: Northeast High swimmer Megan Romano said she will sign with the University of Georgia.
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