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Posted Wednesday, Apr 15, 2015 
Head Coach Christina Bassett and Associate Head Coach Steve Maher
pose with the Boy's Varsity 2x, Juniors Spencer Burdge and Luke Smith,
on the award dock after they win the Scholastic State Championship Cup.

From Coach Christina Bassett
Tampa Prep scullers competed at the Florida State Rowing Association Sculling State Championships at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota. The regatta brings two days of intense racing for crews as they seek the coveted title of State Champion. For the scholastic teams, teams like ours that field from one school, it is also a battle for a bid to the Scholastic Rowing Association of America’s National Championship. For Luke Smith and Spencer Burdge, this dream became reality as they claimed the title of Scholastic State Champion in the Boy’s Varsity 2 and earned a bid to Nationals where they will compete in the Boy’s Junior 2.

Despite the hot temperatures, it was a weekend full of great racing for all of our Terrapins. Racing in the Girl’s Varsity 1, Wenjia Yu placed 4th in the Petite Final, 10th overall, and 4th among scholastic crews with a time of 7:00.5. Not a bad finish for her first race in the event. Jennifer Okogbaa and Bianca Colon competed in the Girl’s Junior 2 Petite Final finishing 4th with a time of 6:09.9. Their time earned them a 7th place finish overall and 3rd among scholastic crews. Viktor Garba and Adam Hunter competed in the Boy’s Lightweight Varsity 2. The crew finished 2nd in the Petite Final with a time of 5:35.82, finishing 8th overall and 2nd among scholastic crews.

One of the most exciting races of the day was the final for the Boy’s Varsity 2. The top three crews – Southern Orlando Rowing association (SORA), Tampa Training Center (TTC) and Tampa Prep – battled for position from the start with SORA holding a slight lead. The battle continued into the last 500m as SORA started to pull away. Tampa Prep made a strong push and gained some ground coming into the last 100m only to have TTC push ahead of them at the finish. It was an exciting finish with SORA winning with a time of 5:01.00, TTC second with a time of 5:01.42, and Tampa Prep finishing with a time of 5:02.1. ROCCS who had been trailing in 4th also made a big push at the end but it was too late, they finished in 4th with a time of 5:02.67. An exciting finish with the top four crews all finishing within less than two seconds. The weekend of April 25th and 26th the team will again head to Sarasota for the FSRA Sweep Championships. Row Red, Row Gold.

Full race results can be found here:
https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results2/index.jsp?job_id=3778&org_id=0

Posted Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015 
Congratulations to these student-athletes, families, friends and coaches!

During last week’s Friday Assembly, the school honored seven senior student-athletes. Congratulations to Kam Beach, Claire Blumenthal, Bryan Greenbaum, Matt Hodges, Donoven Hough, Olivia Marshall, Ariana Mosley, Corey Perkins, Marcus Ransom, Andrew Samuels and Alexa Steele-Weintraub on their well-deserved achievements!

Kam Beach - Kam will attend the University of Bridgeport where she will play softball for the Knights. Bridgeport is a Division 2 school in Bridgeport, Connecticut, that participates in the East Coast Conference.

Claire Blumenthal - Claire will attend the University of South Carolina where she will play volleyball for the Gamecocks. South Carolina is a Division 1 school in Columbia, South Carolina, that participates in the South Eastern Conference.

Bryan Greenbaum - Bryan will attend Belmont Abbey where he will wrestle for the Crusaders. Belmont is a Division 2 school in Belmont, North Carolina that participates in the Carolinas Conference.

Matt Hodges - Matt will attend Florence Darlington Tech where he will play baseball for the Stingers. Florence is a Division 1 Junior College in Florence, South Carolina, and participates in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

Donoven Hough - Donoven will attend Campbell University where he will wrestle for the Camels. Campbell is a Division 1 school in Buies Creek, North Carolina, that participates in the Southern Conference.

Olivia Marshall - Olivia will attend Rhodes College where she will play soccer for the Lynx. Rhodes is a Division 3 school in Memphis, Tennessee, that participates in the Southern Athletic Association.

Ariana Mosley - Ariana will attend The Air Force Academy where she will play volleyball for the Falcons. Air Force is a Division 1 school in Colorado Springs, Colorado, that participates in the Mountain West Conference.

Corey Perkins - Corey will attend the University of Delaware where she will play volleyball for the Fighting Blue Hens. Delaware is a Division 1 school in Newark, Delaware, that participates in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Marcus Ransom - Marcus will attend Emory University where he will play basketball for the Eagles. Emory is a Division 3 school in Atlanta, Georgia, that participates in the United Athletic Association.

Andrew Samuels - Andrew will attend The University of Maryland where he will play soccer for the Terrapins. Maryland is a Division 1 school in College Park, Maryland, that participates in the Big 10 Conference.

Alexa Steele-Weintraub - Alexa will attend Brandeis University where she will play soccer for the Judges. Brandeis is a Division 3 school in Waltham, Massachusetts, that competes in the Eastern College Athletic Conference.

Student-athletes sign their athletic scholarship letters.

Posted Wednesday, Apr 1, 2015 
Congratulations to the Men's Varsity 4 for earning
a silver medal at Districts!

By Coach Christina Bassett
The Florida State Rowing Association hosts District Championships to determine seeding for the State Championships. On Saturday, Tampa Prep competed at the Western District Championships held in Sarasota. The crews arrived at the race course on Friday for a pre-race practice row that was cut short due to a storm that passed through the area. The next morning they were greeted with sunshine and a light wind. A newly developed racing venue, Nathan Benderson Park features 8-lane racing, however, it is a wide open space with little protection from the wind. The light morning wind progressed into a strong head wind that created unsafe conditions on the water. By 1 p.m., racing was suspended and later cancelled.

Two of our crews competed before the cancellation with one earning a silver medal! The Women’s Freshman 4 (Alaina Hunter, Bianca Colon, Clarissa Dixon, Amber Hottle and coxswain Drew McCullough) finished 4th with a time of 7:14.73 behind first place Academy of the Holy Names who was followed by Sarasota Crew and the Stewards Foundation. The Men’s Junior 4 (Adam Hunter, Gareth Klotz, Jonathan Luzier, Connor Stec and coxswain Erin Cristal) finished second behind Sarasota Scullers with a time of 6:00.99. It was a solid performance for this young crew that earned them a silver medal.

The team will travel back to Sarasota for the FSRA State Sculling Championships April 11-12 where they will race for a bid to Scholastic Nationals. For full race results, please https://www.regattacentral.com/regatta/results2/index.jsp?job_id=4176&org_id=0. Row Red, Row Gold!

Posted Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 
Congratulations to the team on their winning streak!

From Coach AJ Hendrix
The Terrapin Varsity Baseball team is currently on an eight-game winning streak! The team has put together all facets of the game - pitching, hitting and defense. Currently, the team has an 8-2 record with a big game at home TOMORROW, Friday, March 13 against District Rival Bishop McLaughlin. Next week, the team will head to Sanford for their annual Spring Break tournament.

Over the past four weeks, the team has had great wins against IMG, Carrolwood Day twice, Northside Christian, Brooks DeBartolo, Lakeland Christian, Berkeley and Lovett from Atlanta, Georgia. The game last night against Lovett turned into a 12-inning extravaganza that involved incredible plays by both teams! The Terrapins won in walk-off fashion on a base hit by Cameron Carlson that scored Chase Sanguinetti from first base. This game is worth hearing the entire play-by-play, so make sure to ask a player about it! Congratulations to the players on their winning streak!

Posted Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 
Coach AJ Hendrix poses with all of the Middle School, JV and Varsity
baseball players and PCA representatives after receiving his award.

During Assembly, Coach AJ Hendrix was awarded the Positive Coaching Alliance's Double-Goal National Coach Award for his commitment and high standards of success for his players. Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) received over 2,000 applicants to win this honor with twenty-five winners throughout the country. The Positive Coaching Alliance described a Double-Goal Coach as a coach who understands that while winning is great, it is just as important to teach life lessons through sports. Tampa Prep could not be more proud of Coach Hendrix for receiving this honor! For more information on the award, visit http://www.positivecoach.org/our-story/pca-in-the-news/news-detail/557/2015-double-goal-coach-award-finalists-%3E%3E?utm_source.
Posted Wednesday, Mar 11, 2015 

From Coach Christina Bassett and Coach Steven Maher
The Plant Invitational Henley Regatta is hosted by Plant High School Rowing and managed by the participating team coaches. Tampa Prep's full team – freshman and varsity Terrapins – competed in the small boat events that raced in the afternoon. The late start to the day was a nice change and allowed for the team to start the day with a team breakfast.

The Women’s Junior Double (Jennifer Okogbaa, and Wenjia Yu) started off our racing for the day. This competitive event of 5 boats included only two scholastic crews, Tampa Prep and Plant High School. We raced a strong race and finished 4th, a full 17 seconds ahead of Plant. The Men’s Junior Double (Adam Hunter and Viktor Garba) raced immediately after the girls. Plant and Tampa Prep were again the only scholastic crews in their six-boat race. The crew finished second in their flight behind Sarasota Crew and 18 seconds ahead of third place, the Stewards Foundation. 

The Women’s Freshman 4 (Alaina Hunter, Bianca Colon, Clarissa Dixon, Amber Hottle and coxswain Audrey Carver) had to wait 40 minutes on the water after the scheduled start of their race as a strong wind on the course made it difficult for crews to get lined up at the start. Despite this, they were able to maintain their focus. The crew dominated their race down the course and finished four seconds ahead of the second-place crew.

The Men’s Varsity Double team (Luke Smith and Spencer Burdge) was not anticipating racing in the regatta and put in extra workouts during the week. By Friday when plans changed they were feeling the effects of their efforts and reported being sore and tired. Nonetheless, they managed a first-place finish 35.4 seconds ahead of second place Sarasota Crew who finished eight seconds ahead of Plant followed by the Stewards Foundation. The Men’s Junior 4 (Adam Hunter, Gareth Klotz, Viktor Garba, Connor Stec and coxswain Erin Cristal) finished Prep's racing for the day in a competitive five-boat race. The crew finished 3rd behind Sarasota and Evans and ahead of Plant and the Stewards Foundation.

This race was a great opportunity for coaches to see where the crews have made improvements and highlighted areas that need to be focused on. Their next race is the Mayor’s Cup Regatta at home on the Hillsborough River Saturday, March 21. Come out and cheer them to victory! Row Red, Row Gold.

Posted Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 
Congratulations to the team on their second-place team win!

With eight wrestlers advancing to the Regional Tournament, Tampa Prep was able to come home with four Champions (Anthony Artalona, Jacob Conrad, Ashton Habiel and Leo Tarantino), one third-place finisher (Bryan Greenbaum) and the second-place team trophy.

Congratulations Ashton H. and Anthony A. on their first-place wins!

Last year, five wrestlers advanced to the State Tournament and placed third as a team. With this season's five state qualifiers, Tampa Prep plans on coming home with more State Champions, more state placers than last season and the State Championship Team Trophy! The State Tournament is Friday, March 13 through Saturday, March 14 at the Silver Spurs Arena in Kissimmee. Come support your Terrapin wrestlers!

Jacob C. and Leo T. are awarded first place medals for their incredible finishes!

Posted Thursday, Mar 5, 2015 
Men's Novice 4 Coxswain Audrey C. makes
adjustments to the boat as they prepare
to launch
for their race.
Coaches and fans cheer on the Men's Varsity Double
as they finish their race.

From Coach Christina Bassett and Coach Steven Maher
The Sarasota Invitational is hosted each year by the Sarasota Scullers. This is the first race for our full team – freshman, novices, and varsity Terrapins competed throughout the day.  We were greeted in the morning with rain but it didn’t last long. We had partly cloudy skies and the only evidence of the storms that were north of us were the winds that increased throughout the afternoon. A newly developed racing venue, Nathan Benderson Park, features 8-lane racing providing excellent competition for our rowers.

The Women’s Freshman 4 (Alaina Hunter, Bianca Colon, Clarissa Dixon, Amber Hottle and coxswain Erin Cristal) recovered quickly after a rough start to finish 3rd in their flight and earned a bronze. The Men’s Novice 4 (Adam Hunter, Gareth Klotz, Jonathan Luzier, Connor Stec and coxswain Audrey Carver) won their flight with a final time of 5:57.84, the fastest crew in their event, earning them a gold medal. The Men’s Double A (Luke Smith and Spencer Burdge) showed poise and determination as they recovered quickly from a mishap midway through the race to finish first in their flight and earned a gold medal. The Men’s Double B (Adam Hunter, Viktor Garba) finished 3rd in their flight and earned a bronze medal. The Women’s Double (Jennifer Okogbaa and Wenjia Yu) had a competitive race and finished 5th in their flight. 

In the afternoon, conditions had changed significantly as the wind over the course increased. This caused delays as crews struggled to line up for the start of their flights. The Women’s Varsity 4 (Jennifer Okogbaa, Bianca Colon, Alaina Hunter, Wenjia Yu and coxswain Erin Cristal) finished 5th in their flight. The Men’s Varsity 4 (Spencer Burdge, Gareth Klotz, Viktor Garba, Luke Smith and coxswain Audrey Carver) finished 4th in their flight. Both crews raced competitively against fast crews.

Coaches are pleased with the effort the crews are putting into their practices and the race results show the progress they are making. This weekend, the team will race at the Plant Invitational on the Bypass Canal where they'll see some fast crews and hope to have continued success. Row Red, Row Gold!

To view the full race results, visit http://imas-sport.com/index.php/en/regatta-ergebnisse.

Posted Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 
Congratulations to the Wrestling team on their 2nd place at Districts!

The Terrapin wrestlers added another great performance to their season at last weekend's District Tournament. Tampa Prep hosted the 1A District 10 Wresting Tournament and took away the 2nd-place trophy! The Terrapins had eight wrestlers enter the tournament where seven of the wrestlers won their district title and one placed second, resulting in all the wrestlers advancing to the Regional Tournament March 6 and 7. Congratulations to Anthony Artalona, Jacob Conrad, Noah Garba, Bryan Greenbaum, Ashton Habeil, Michael McCloskey, Aaron Mills and Leo Tarantino! Good luck this weekend!
Posted Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 
Congratulations to Olivia for committing
to play soccer at Rhodes!
Tampa Prep senior Olivia Marshall has committed to play soccer at Rhodes College. Olivia has started in goal the last two seasons, posting a 1.35 goals against average. The four-year letter winner has helped the Terrapins to two regional final appearances and one regional semi-final appearance. Rhodes College is a division 3 school that competes in the Southern Athletic Association.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 
Congratulations to Alexa on committing
to play soccer at the next level!
Tampa Prep senior Alexa Weintraub has committed to play soccer at Brandeis University. Alexa compiled over 50 points in her Terrapin career. The four-year letter winner has helped the Terrapins to two regional final appearances and one regional semi-final appearance. Brandeis University is a Division III school that competes in the University Athletic Association conference.
Posted Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 
The Men’s and Women’s Novice 4 teams celebrate
after a successful day of racing on Saturday!

From Coach Christina Bassett and Coach Steven Maher
The Novice Regatta takes place each spring in Orlando. This early race gives focus to the younger and less experienced crews and is an introduction to the racing experience. The day started with cool temperatures, a light wind and clear skies.  The sun quickly warmed things up making it a great day for racing. There was 6-lane racing every 10 minutes throughout the day with few delays – a nice surprise considering the inexperience of the crews. 

The Women’s Novice 4 (Alaina Hunter, Bianca Colon, Clarissa Dixon, Amber Hottle, and coxswain Erin Cristal) finished 4th in their flight. This crew also raced in the Women’s Freshman 4 where they finished 3rd in the flight and earned a bronze medal. The Men’s Freshmen 4 (Adam Hunter, Gareth Klotz, Jonathan Luzier, Connor Stec, and coxswain Audrey Carver) finished 2nd in their flight and earned a silver medal. The Men’s Novice Double (Adam Hunter and Viktor Garba) finished 3rd in their flight and earned a bronze medal. The Women’s Novice Double (Jennifer Okogbaa, and Wenjia Yu) finished 6th in their flight.  

The entire team has made great strides in improving both their technique and fitness over the past few weeks. The team as a whole is getting stronger and faster each week and will continue to press forward in preparation for the Sarasota Invitational where the team will race on Saturday, February 28. Row Red, Row Gold.



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