Viera girls run district swimming title streak to seven

Boys come in second, break school records


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Members of the Viera High swimming team pose after last weekend's district meet. The girls won the championship for the seventh straight year, while the boys came in second.

VIERA vOICE Courtesy Chris Beadle

The Viera High girls swimming team has done it again.

For the seventh year in a row, the Hawks are the district champions and are headed to the regionals.

Viera’s boys are going, too, following a strong second-place finish of their own in a newly-created district that was expected to be tougher than in year’s past.

It’s the 10th overall district championship for the girls, their first under new coach Chris Beadle. Morgan Woodard coached the Hawks for the previous 13 seasons.

Seven Viera swimmers won individual championships and three relay teams won their events as well at the Class 3A, District 6 championships held at Gateway High last weekend.

Senior Connor Marks won the 100 backstroke in 55:48, was part of two winning relay teams and also broke the school record in the 50 freestyle, where he finished second in a time of 22.42.

The team of Marks, Bryce Hattrup, Daniel Scougall and Connor Jones also broke the school record in the boys 400 free relay (3:22.93).

Marks was also part of Viera’s winning 200 medley relay, teaming once again with Jones, Hattrup and Scougall to win in 1:46.35.

The girls 200 medley relay team of Carline Maley, Ava Castro, Marin Chapon and Kennedy Hewitt took the district title in 1:57.83.

The list of individual champions for Viera included sophomore Megan Greek in the girls 200 free (2:08.15) and a pair of champions in the 100 fly.

Chapon, a freshman, won the girls race in 1:01.96 and Hattrup, a senior, took the boys title in 56.16.

Jones, a senior, is the district 500 free champion at 4:57.59 and Castro, a junior, came home with the first-place medal in the 100 breast (1:15.31).

Senior Dan Averill won the boys 100 breaststroke in 1:07.52.

Overall, the Hawks had 31 swimmers qualify for the regional meet, which is set for Saturday in Lakeland.

Other Viera swimmers who qualified for regionals include: Charles Amoury; Wyatt Chou; Karl Cruz; Colton Elhewan; Brooklyn Ernst; Lauren Ernst; Maddie Ernst; Jeremy Feldman; Morgan Jones; Leighton Killick; Justin Lee; Caleb Martin; Tiffany Matta; Shane Morrow; Braeden Needham; Grace Noah; Katelyn Palmer; Kamil Rubio; Marcus Rubio; Nathaniel Stadnik and Ada Yumiceva.