Viera swimming program has season to remember


The Viera High girls and boys swimming teams have had a very successful season so far. The girls recently won their first Cape Coast Conference championship.

Photo Courtesy of Debbie Tweedie

No matter what the rest of the postseason brings to the Viera High boys and girls swimming teams, it’s already been a season to remember.

Before they began chasing what would be their sixth consecutive district championship, the Viera girls already accomplished something no other team in program history had done.

Led by a deep roster that features 32 swimmers, the Viera girls won their first Cape Coast Conference championship earlier last month.

“We’re such a close team,” Viera senior Ophelie Jacobson said. “Getting to share that moment after putting in so much work in a season was really something special.”

The Class 3A, District 5 meet was set for Oct. 24 in Sebastian River.

Unlike past years, where the Hawks were able to get points from stars Sarah Rousseau and Ryan Just, Viera does not have a single diver on the roster this season.

However, led by Jacobson and fellow seniors Sydney Sanchez and Karly Keysor the Hawks have still been able to get it done in the pool.

“We had a lot of really good freshmen come in this year, so it was nice to have really good senior leadership from those three, and then have a lot of freshmen coming through, some of which are siblings (of other Viera swimmers), so they’ve been around the team and they know what to expect,” Viera coach Morgan Woodard said.

While the Hawks still want to win another district title, Woodard said she changed the lineup a little bit this year in order to get more swimmers to qualify for regionals.

That includes Jacobson, who was just 1 second off the school 200 freestyle record and 4 seconds off the 500 freestyle mark.

“I’m not a (year-round) club swimmer, so I’ve had to get back into shape at the beginning of the season, but I feel like I’m ready,” Jacobson said.

“I only have two races left (three, if I make state) and I’m ready to just give it my all and leave it all in the pool.”

While the girls have big numbers this season, Viera’s boys have their smallest numbers ever with just 16 swimmers. However, as senior team captain Ethan Greek pointed out, it’s still been a successful year.

“We’re still giving it our all, and we’re still winning meets,” he said. “We still look good. And we’ve got some good freshmen. Hopefully, they’ll swim over the year and they’ll get better for next year.”

Connor Jones, Connor Marks, Bryce Hattrup and Dan Scougall have all had strong seasons for Viera.

“It’s been a good season,” Woodard said. “The kids have been really awesome. It’s a good part of my day to come to practice, that’s for sure.”VV