Viera swimming teams sweep district titles


The Viera boys and girls swimming team swept the district titles for the first time ever. Pictured with the trophies are team captains and coaches (from l-r) Morgan Woodard, Emilio Worden, Zach McDermott, Grant Spence, Justin Scholl and Debbie Tweedie. Front row (from l-r) Jocelyn Lott and Samantha Parris.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy Morgan Woodard

By Carl Kotala

It’s now official.

An already promising season for the Viera High swimming program is now a historic one.

Not only did the Viera girls capture their third consecutive Class 3A, District 5 championship last week, but the Viera boys won their first district title as well.

“This season has been unbelievable and the athletes came together to push each other to win the district titles,” Viera coach Morgan Woodard wrote in an email. “I think it is perfect timing to have our boys & girls win districts together since Viera High School is celebrating its 10-year anniversary.

“Our first District meet was at the North County Aquatic Center in 2006 and we have come full circle to win in that pool. We have 35 athletes advancing onto regionals, the most we have ever taken. I am very excited to see some more fast times and hope that we can finish the season off at the State meet!”

Viera’s individual district champions include Abigail Ernst in the girls 200 free (2:07.39), Grant Spence in the boys 200 free (1:54.65), Sarah Rousseau in girls diving (409.60) and Peter Haddad in the 100 back (58.11).

The boys also took a pair of relay victories. Spence, Zach McDermott, John Bartlett and Haddad won the 200 free relay in 1:34.81 and the 200 Medley relay team of Haddad, Spence, Blake Wagner and McDermott took first in 1:48.47.

Ernst also took second in the 100 back and was part of two second-place relay teams – the 200 free relay with Jordan Fleisher, Jocelyn Lott and Karly Keysor and the 200 medley relay with Maria Torrez-Bonilla, Lott and Keysor.

Second-place finishes were also turned in for the boys by Haddad (100 free) and Spence (100 breast) and for the girls by Naughton (500 free) and Torrez-Bonilla (100 breast).

And talk about piling up the points. Viera’s girls had three different races in which they swept the second-through-fourth spots. That would be the 200 IM (Fleisher, Alyssa Miller and Samantha Parris), the 100 fly ( Andie Wolfman, Delaney Naughton and Torrez-Bonilla) and the 100 back (Ernst, Miller, Sara Matta).