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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

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.

Posted Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 
The Wrestling team celebrates
after a great competition!
Not only was Leo T. a Tournament
Champion, but he was also named
the Most Outstanding Wrestler
for upper weights!

From Coach Andy Bricker
This past Friday and Saturday the Terrapin wrestlers ventured up to Green Cove Springs, Florida for the 15th Annual Green Cove Rotary Invitational, hosted by Clay County High School. With the field of 30 teams, this tournament was the strongest in state tournaments that Tampa Prep has competed at this season.

Eleven Terrapin wrestlers competed in the tournament and each one wrestled extremely well. Out of the eleven wrestlers seven placed in the tournament, six made the Semi-Finals and five went on to the Championship Finals (which was the most of any of the teams at the tournament). As well as having many wrestlers move on to the final round, Leo Tarantino won the Most Outstanding Wrestler award for the upper weight wrestlers. 

Congratulations to Ashton H. and Donoven H. on becoming Tournament Champions!

The impressive stats don’t stop there – each Tampa Prep wrestler who made it into the Championship Final won and became tournament champions! Congratulations to Jacob Conrad 106, Ashton Habeil 113, Donoven Hough 132, Anthony Artalona 138 and Leo Tarantino 152. The other Terrapins, who performed incredibly at the Tournament, were Bryan Greenbaum 182 who placed 3rd, Michael McCloskey 160 who placed 6th, Landon Carter 145 went 3-2, Noah Garba 126 went 2-2, Aaron Mills 120 went 1-1 and Ben Buhler 106 went 0-2.

The way these young men represented Tampa Prep and stood out in the tournament had everyone talking about how Tampa Prep is in the running for the State Wrestling Tem Title this season. Coach Andy Bricker couldn’t have been happier with the performance of these young men and can’t wait to see how they finish the season.

Congratulations to Anthony A. and Jacob C. who were also Tournament Champions!
Posted Tuesday, Feb 10, 2015 
 Zach W., Nick B. and Ewan A. receive medals
for their wrestling victories.
 Kristof A. receives a medal for becoming
a tournament champion.

From Coach Bruno Quattrone
This season in Middle School wrestling has been extremely rewarding and enjoyable for both the coach and the wrestlers. The team's camaraderie and sportsmanship was incredible to witness. This year's squad was nicknamed the "The Red Army" due to all the red gear and the massive presence the team had with their large roster. The boys are developing a passion for the sport and hopefully will continue to represent our program in future seasons. It has been an honor and privilege to coach these fine young men.  

The team brought home eight medals from the Tampa Bay Area Middle School Wrestling Championships on Saturday. Congratulations to Max Silva, Matt Catchur, Kristof Acs, Nick Babbitt, Zach White, Connor White, Ewan Abercrombie and Chase Renninger for receiving medals. Nick Babbitt and Kristof Acs were tournament champions!

Posted Wednesday, Jan 21, 2015 
Tampa Prep alumna Carylyn Waite recently shared her story with Swim Swam about how she went from being an orphan in China to a NCAA swimmer. Check out the video here: Assumption College's Carylyn Waite Shares Her Journey From Chinese Orphan To NCAA Athlete.
Posted Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 
The Terrapins faced the Buccaneers of Berkeley last Saturday in a well-fought battle for the Headmasters’ Cup trophy. The challenge consists of 16 games throughout the day, with one point awarded for Middle School and JV games and two points for each Varsity win. Tampa Prep fell just short this year, losing the challenge 13-6. The Varsity, JV and Middle School teams played with heart, taking wins in Varsity and Middle School wrestling, Varsity Girls Basketball and Varsity Girls Soccer ended in a tie. Terrapin spirit abounded as our red and gold overtook their campus. Sportsmanship and camaraderie between our rival schools make this event a special annual tradition. Let’s take it back next year! Go Terps!
Posted Thursday, Jan 15, 2015 

Fernando S. attends the first-ever Youth Programme in Doha, Qatar.

Tampa Prep swimmer Fernando Sedano-Roman was recently selected by FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation - International Swimming Federation), in cooperation with the Qatar Olympic Committee and Doha 2014 Local Organizing Committee to attend the first-ever Youth Programme in Doha, Qatar. More than 230 athletes and 120 coaches from all five continents, representing no less than 130 countries, attended the program. Internationally renowned swimming coach Todd Schmitz (USA) ran this program, sharing passion and inspiring young hopefuls to shape the future of swimming. The program included education topics, pool training and attendance of all evening's finals. What a great experience for this young swimmer! For more information on the program, visit Stars of Tomorrow Get Start in Qatar.

Posted Wednesday, Dec 10, 2014 
Congratulations to the wrestlers on a great beginning of the season!

From Coach Andy Bricker
The Tampa Prep wrestling team traveled to Kissimmee-Osceola High School this past Saturday for the Marvin Haven Duals and came back with a 2nd-place trophy. This six-team dual meet tournament was a good starter for the Terrapins, as they won four straight duals before losing the last dual to the host school.

The Terrapins lacked the full 14 weight classes, so they had to give 30 points to each team because of the five missing roster spots. This is always a hard thing to deal with, but the Terrapins always find a way to make up the point spread by moving wrestlers up weights and looking for extra points in the matchups. With the mission in hand, the wrestlers started pinning their competition and showed the other teams that the Terrapins don’t need a full team to win duals.

The wrestlers’ individual records were: Jacob Conrad 4-1, Ashton Habeil 5-0, Aaron Mills 5-0, Donoven Hough 5-0, Anthony Artalona 4-1, Landon Carter 4-1,  Leo Tarantino 5-0, Michael McCloskey 3-2 and Michael deQuesada 0-5. These young men wrestled extremely well, especially for the ones that had to wrestle weight classes above their own to help the team. All in all this was a great start to a hopefully championship season.

Posted Thursday, Nov 20, 2014 
Savannah S. after being awarded
the bronze medal for 100 BR.
Congratulations to all the swimmers and
the diver
who competed at the
State Championships meet!

From Coach Jason Bowes
This Saturday was an amazing ending to a fantastic season for Tampa Prep’s Swim and Dive Team at arguably one of the fastest State meets in years. The team broke two school records, posted several personal best times and had a fantastic performance on the boards!
For the Terrapin girls, Savannah Savitt had a breakout meet with a personal best by over 2 seconds in the 200 FR (1:51.33, 12th Place), along with another personal best and breaking her School Record for the 2nd time that day in the 100 BR (1:04.14)! Savannah’s performance earned her a Bronze Medal and All American Consideration. Despite a few set-backs earlier in the season, Hannah Fredlake finished off her season well with a 13th-place finish in the 500 FR (5:06.32).
On the men’s side, Fernando Sedano-Roman turned in two 12th-place finishes in a tight field of the 200 FR (1:42.29) and 100 FR (47.82). Van Cates also had a great meet, placing 9th in the 200 IM (1:55.64) and 6th in the 100 BK (51.25). Tampa Prep’s lone diver, Ian Peaslee, placed 11th in his first ever State Championship meet and only second year diving.
The meet concluded with some exciting relays for both the boys and girls teams. The 200 FR on the girls side (Ava Carter, Hannah Fredlake, Laura Smith and Caroline Brown) finished strong with an 8th-place finish and the season's best time of 1:41.14. The boys team followed that swim with a 7th-place finish and a new school record in the 200 FR Relay (Fernando Sedano-Roman, Van Cates, Jay Hutchinson and Tyler Duic) and a final time of 1:29.35. The 400 FR relays were equally exciting with the girls coming in 7th and a time of 3:37.13 (Savannah Savitt, Ava Carter, Caroline Brown and Hannah Fredlake) and the boys coming in 11th with a time of 3:18.07 (Van Cates, Fernando Sedano-Roman, Jay Hutchinson and Tyler Duic).
Overall the girls team came in 9th and the boys team came in 14th. Even though the season is over, this young team is hungry for more and looks forward to having an even better showing in 2015! We want to thank all the volunteers, officials, Tampa Prep faculty and staff, fans and families that supported TPSD this year. A big shout out to our amazing coaching staff that put in hours of time and preparation to make this season a success. We could not have done it with out all of you! Congratulations, TPSD, on a fantastic season! Go Prep!

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