Varsity Swim and Dive
Tampa Prep Swim Dive (TPSD) team is unique. It is one of the largest sports teams at the school, and one of the few on which boys and girls compete together. Practice is held daily during the fall and meets are held weekly. The experience includes a travel meet to Orlando in October.
The team includes athletes who compete at the national level, and those just interested in trying a new sport. All are made to feel welcome, and equally a part of the team. Their performance is judged by their own improvement, not just who places first or second.
The team has a storied history of producing some of Prep’s finest athletes, and some of the best swimmers and divers in Florida. Members of the team have moved on to compete at the NCAA and internationally at the Olympic Games, at schools including Notre Dame, Davidson, Georgia, Dartmouth, LSU and Tennessee, just to name a few. The team has distinguished itself with victories at the district, regional and state level.
Most important, though, is that TPSD is a quintessential “Tampa Prep” experience. Athletes of many ability and experience levels come together to form a successful team – a true embodiment of the Prep family. Parents, students and fans are part of a special community that celebrates the spirit of excellence and “going beyond” that is Tampa Prep!
1985 Girls Swimming District Champions
1993 Girls Swimming District Champions
1995 Boys Swimming District Champions
2004 Boys Swimming Region Runner-up
2004 Girls Swimming Region Champions
2005 Boys Swimming Region Runner-up
2006 Boys Swimming Region Runner-up
2007 Boys Swimming Region Runner-up
2009 Girls Swimming District Champions
2010 Girls Swimming Region Champions
2011 Girls Swimming Region Champions
2011 Boys Swimming Region Champions
2012 Girls Swimming Region Champions
2013 Girls Swimming Region Runner-up
2013 Boys Swimming State Finalist
2014 Girls State Finalist
2014 Boys Region Runner-up
2015 Girls Swimming State Finalist
2015 Boys Swimming State Finalist
2016 Girls Swimming State Finalist
2016 Boys Swimming State Finalist
Individual State Championships
1996 Alex Walters- Boys 1 Meter Diving
1997 Chris Colwill- Boys 1 Meter Diving
2001 Chris Colwill- Boys 1 Meter Diving
2003 Chelsea Nauta- Girls 100 Freestyle
2004 Chelsea Nauta- Girls 100 Freestyle
2004 Chelsea Nauta- Girls 200 Freestyle
2005 Chelsea Nauta- Girls 200 Freesyle
2005 Chelsea Nauta- Girls 500 Freestyle
2006 Chelsea Nauta- Girls 200 Freestyle
2006 Chelsea Nauta- Girls 500 Freestyle
2012 Ramus Skjaerpe- Boys 200 Freestyle
2013 Ramus Skjaerpe - Boys 100 Backstroke
2013 Ramus Skjaerpe - Boys 200 Individual Medley
Collegiate Swimmers & Divers
Joe Solak '82 - University of Kentucky
Jennifer Garciga '90 - Davidson University
Karen Martin '91 - Denison University
Dawn Josephson '94- University of Maryland
Michelle Diago '00- Villanova University
Chris Colwill '03 - University of Georgia
Savannah Savitt '16 - University of Nebraska
Head Swim Coach: Jason Bowes
Alma Mater: Concordia University (Montreal, Canada)
Coaching Background: Since 2008 as Head Coach of Tampa Preparatory School’s Swim and Dive, TPSD has reached record achievements, including FHSAA School State Champions, multiple FHSAA State Medalists, 6 Hillsborough County Swimmers of the Year, District Championships, Regional Championships, multiple Top 5 team placements at FSHAA States and over 20 All-American recognitions. While under Jason’s leadership as Head Coach he has developed and cultivated at the club level of swimming (USA Swimming) multiple state record-holders, including 22 time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps and record-breakers, over 75+ state medalists, International record-holders, Olympic Trial qualifiers, All-Americans, Academic All-Americans, and collegiate-level swimmers at top university programs, including Arizona, FSU, University of Notre Dame,
Clemson, University of Texas, Washington University in St. Louis, NYU, Alabama, Davidson, Dartmouth, FIU, University of Pennsylvania, Siena, Columbia, College of Charlestown, Florida Gulf Coast, and University of Nebraska. In addition to Tampa Prep's team accomplishments, Jason has achieved personal recognition as the 2010, 2011, 2012 Hillsborough County Girls Swim Coach of the Year from the Tampa Tribune. In 2012, Tampa Preparatory Swim and Dive program received a Commendation from the Hillsborough County Commissioners office for their outstanding performances in 2011 FHSAA High School season.
Jason moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2007 from one of the most respected swim programs in the world, North Baltimore Aquatic Club (NBAC), which has produced countless Olympians, National and World Record holders, including 22 time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps. Jason also led the Pointe- Claire Swim Club (PCSC) in Montreal to multiple Provincial and National Championships from 1999 to 2005. In 2005, Jason was an assistant deck manager at the FINA World Championships. Jason grew up in Montreal, Quebec Canada where he swam competitively; graduated from Loyola High School; and attended Concordia University. He is a member of numerous coaching organizations, and is certified as a Level 5 coach with American Swimming Coaches Association.
Head Diving Coach: Ryan Braun
Alma Mater: Washington University (St. Louis)
Coaching Background: Coach Ryan is entering his 6th Ryan is a St. Petersburg native, who attended St. Pete high where his diving career began. He went on to train with the Jetstream diving team and trained along side 2 time Olympian and Tampa Prep's own Chris Colwill. It is here where his coaching career began, working with the summer camp kids of the Brandon Swim and Tennis Club. Ryan then attended and dove at Washington University in St. Louis. During that time, he began coaching with Clayton Diving Alliance in their Junior Olympic age group program. After graduating, Ryan became a full time dive coach for the next two years. He was the head coach for two high school teams, assistant coach at Washington University, and co-head coach of the summer Junior Olympic program. This upcoming season marks his 6th year as Head Diving coach at Tampa Prep. Ryan is a passionate, high-energy coach whose love of the sport is evident every time he steps on the pool deck.
Assistant Diving Coach: Jordan Smith
Alma Mater: University of Florida
Coaching Bio: Assistant Swim Coach Jordan Smith is well experienced in the sport and looks to be an exciting new addition to our team. Originally from Orlando, FL, she swam competitively for 18 years. Jordan was a multi time All-American in high school and went on to represent the University of Florida Women's swim team. From qualifying and competing at the 2012 Olympic Trials, to becoming an NCAA D1 qualifier, and finishing out her career as the Senior Team Captain, Jordan holds a strong understanding and passion for the sport.