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The Viera High swimming team has 10 freshmen this season. But even though the Hawks are rebuilding, they're still having success - and fun - in the pool.

Coach Chris Beadle may describe this as a bit of a rebuilding year for the Viera High swimming team, but that doesn’t mean the Hawks aren’t having some success … and a lot of fun.

“I have a lot of freshmen who are new to the sport, or who just started recently,” Beadle said. “They’re doing really well for us.

“… I’ve got a great group of kids this year. They all get along well. It’s very family-esque. It’s a good group.”

Senior Marin Chapon, who made it to last year’s state meet in three different events, said things have been going well for Viera as a team and for her personally as well.

“We’ve won a couple of meets and personally, this is my first year swimming the 50 free,” Chapon said. “That’s really fun. I’ve been doing my best times in those. I’m als

o swimming the 100 fly. My goal is to break the (school) record.

“I’ve been trying since my freshman year and I’m really close. I’m hoping I can do that before the end of the season.”

The school record of 58.76 could fall in either the districts — which are set for Oct. 20 — or the regionals that will be held the following week. This year’s Class 3A state meet is set for Nov. 4, at the Sailfish Splash Waterpark and Aquatics Center in Stuart.

Among the top girls for Viera are Chapon, Emma Collins and Janey Vargas. The top boys include Brady Zink, Ethan Wotton and Andrew Donaldson.

Even though the boys team may be small in number, senior Karl Cruz also said the season has been going well for the Hawks.

“This year has been very big for us compared to last year,” he said. “I  feel like it’s been one of our best years so far. Personally, it has been my best year. I’ve been getting better times. I’ve been improving.”

Chapon and Cruz are two of six seniors on this year’s Viera team. The others are Mauricio Ceren, Brianna Ladd, Kiona Rollins and Neta Elran.

Chapon does not plan to swim in college and would instead like to study abroad, perhaps in Spain or Italy. She wants to finish strong.

“For me, I think there’s definitely an internal push for it being my senior year,” Chapon said. “I feel like this is my last everything — my last dual meet, my last districts, my last regionals. I’m trying very hard to be where I want to be.”

Cruz is hoping to drop his best times in the 100 (59.67) and 200 free (2:13), but also wants to leave a lasting impression on his younger teammates.

“I want to try and make the freshmen and the underclassmen feel like I did when I was introduced to the team my first year — try to make an impact, try to make the team as fun as I can (as well all can) for everyone to stay and bring those experiences to their senior years,” he said.