Hawks, Tigers send five divers, two swimmers to Class 3A, 1A state meet

Viera’s Rousseau chasing third straight state diving title


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Viera High's Connor Jones (third on right) poses with his sister, Morgan (second from left) and coaches Debbie Tweedie and Cory Cumming at the Class 3A regionals in Winter Haven. Connor won the 500 freestyle race and will compete at the state meet on Saturday.

VIERA VOICE Carl Kotala

Sarah Rousseau’s quest for a third straight state diving championship highlights a list of Viera and Holy Trinity swimmers and divers heading to the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart on Saturday.

Rousseau, a Viera High senior, is the No. 1 seed in the Class 3A one-meter diving event after winning last week’s regional meet at the Rowdy Gaines Pool in Winter Haven with a score of 502.05.

Viera High senior Ryan Just will also get a chance to end his outstanding diving career with a flourish after coming in second at regionals with a score of 463.60.

Joining Rousseau and Just will be another senior, Dylan Parris, who finished fifth in the boys regional competition. His score was 409.70.

Sophomore Connor Jones is the only Viera swimmer to qualify for the state meet. Jones won the 500 free at the regionals with a time of 4:54.32.

Jones also had a good finish in the 200 free, placing third in 1:51.27, but his time did not qualify in that event.

Viera’s girls finished second overall in the regional meet. Viera’s boys came in third.

Holy Trinity, meanwhile, will send three athletes to the Class 1A state meet following its regional met at Lake Highland Prep

Heading that list is junior Selena Nishihata, who qualified for the big meet in two events.

Nishihata placed second in the 200 IM in 2:14.16 and also took fourth in the 100 fly with a time of 59.97.

Joining Nishihata in Stuart will be divers James Burke and Sarah Barker.

Burke finished third at the Class 1A regionals with a score of 381 while Barker took fourth in the girls diving event with a score of 354.15.

Saturday’s Class 1A and 3A meets will be held simultameously. The girls diving competition will start at 9 a.m., followed by the boys diving event at 1:30 p.m. The swimming preliminaries will be held in the morning with the finals set to begin at 5:30.