Viera girls win 1st regional swim title; Haddad qualifies for state in 3 events


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Viera High's swim team captains: (from l-r) Grant Spence, Justin Scholl, Jocelyn Lott, Samantha Parris, Emilio Worden and Zach McDermott.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

The Class 3A state swimming meet will take place Friday at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart. But no matter what happens, it’s already been quite a historic season for the Viera High boys and girls swimming teams.

After winning their third consecutive district championship, the girls captured their first-ever regional title last week. The boys, fresh off their first district championship, also had their best performance at the regionals with a fourth-place finish.

“I usually don't go into the regional meet worrying about winning the whole meet,” Viera coach Morgan Woodard wrote in an email. “I just want them to swim their best and get their best times and hopefully move on to the state meet.

“We got 36 best times, and that was amazing because they had already dropped a lot of time at the district meet.

“This year has been so rewarding for all of the athletes and coaches. We had strong leadership with our captains pushing the team to new heights and two of the captains will continue on at states.”

Viera will be sending seven athletes to Stuart.

Peter Haddad qualified in two individual events – the 100-yard free and the 100 back – and one relay.

Now that’s a strong season.

Viera’s boys 200 free relay not only set another new school record with a time of 1:31.77, it won the regional race guaranteeing a spot in the state finals for Grant Spence, Zach McDermott, JT Bartlett and Haddad.

Diver Sarah Rousseau also won a regional title for the second consecutive year. She’ll be joined at the state meet by fellow divers Dylan Parris and Ryan Just.