Viera’s Rousseau wins third straight state diving title

Just finishes fourth and Holy Trinity’s Burke is eighth


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Viera High diving coach Randy Just (left) poses with Sarah Rousseau, Ryan Just and Dylan Parris at the Class 3A state meet. Rousseau won her third straight state title, while Just was fourth and Parris finished 11th.

VIERA VOICE Courtesy Debbie Tweedie

Sarah Rousseau closed out her Viera High School diving career by winning her third straight Class 3A state championship on Saturday.

And in doing so, she cemented her claim as the most decorated individual athlete in the school’s 12-year history.

Viera senior Ryan Just, who had quite a career himself, was fourth at the competition, held at the Sailfish Splashpark Aquatic Athletics Center in Stuart.

Senior Dylan Parris, the third member of the Hawks’ impressive diving group, finished in 11th place.

Sophomore Connor Jones, Viera’s only swimmer at the state meet, finished 21st in the 500 free, breaking his own school record with a time of 4:53.29.

Holy Trinity junior Selena Nishihata, who qualified for the Class 1A meet in two events, finished 14th in the 100 butterfly, completing the consolation final race in 57.99.

She was also 21st in the 200 IM preliminaries with a time of 2:13.56.

Holy Trinity senior diver James Burke had himself a big day, finishing 8th with a score of 351.30. Senior Sara Barker was 18th after scoring 213.60 points.

The Tigers’ 200 Medley girls relay team of Anisha Menashi, Daniela Spies, Nishihata and Ramsey Barrows was disqualified in the preliminaries when one of the swimmers was ruled to have left early.

Although the Viera High girls soccer and girls golf teams have each won two state championships, Rousseau was the only individual coming into this season who could claim two individual titles.

Earlier this year, she and Just both won their fourth consecutive Cape Coast Conference diving championships.

On Saturday, she scored 505.05 points to easily outdistance second place Carina Lumia, a freshman from Osceola High School, who had 440.15.

She is now the only Hawk – individual, or team – to not only win three state titles, but also to win three straight.

Between Rousseau, Just and Parris, the Hawks have claimed eight Cape Coast Conference titles, five district championships, four regional crows and made 11 state finals appearances over the past four years.

This group is leaving and incredible legacy for future teams to aspire to,” Viera diving coach Randy Just wrote in an email.