Hampton Roads Academy was crowned the VISAA Division II State Champions in boys and girls swimming on February 16 & 17 at the Jeff Rouse Swim & Sport Center in Stafford, Virginia. This is the 7th consecutive year both teams have taken home the title. Head Coach Jeff Scott was named VISAA Coach of the Year for girls swimming.
Nicholas Shoenig, of Williamsburg, was named All-State in the 200 Free (1:41.87) and 100 Backstroke (51.08) events where he placed second in both events and broke his own school records. Other contributors to the success on the boys team include Cooper Muench, of Williamsburg, who placed 7th in the 100 Breaststroke (1:01.15) and 12th in 100 Butterfly (54.80) and Hunter Muench, of Williamsburg, who placed 12th in 500 Freestyle (5:01.25) and 15th in 200 Freestyle (1:51.91). The 200 Medley Relay placed 7th and included Nicholas Schoenig, Cooper Muench, Brandon Kim and Kyle Slate. The 400 Free Relay also placed 7th and included Nicholas Schoenig, Hunter Muench, Blake Rouzie and Cooper Muench. The boys team was led by captains Nicholas Schoenig and Brandon Kim.
“Our captains showed great leadership,” noted Coach Scott. “They arrived to the meet focused, ready to swim fast and help the team accomplish their goal of winning another state championship.”
The girls team was led by Bronwyn Keating who placed 7th in the 100 Backstroke (58.15) and 6th in the 100 Freestyle (52.97), Emily Payne, of Williamsburg, who placed 14th in 100 Free (54.52) and 14th in 100 Backstroke (101.40) and Molly Rouzie, of Williamsburg, who placed 12th in 100 Butterfly (1:00.55) and 13th in the 200 IM (2:16.27). The 400 Free Relay placed 8th and included Molly Rouzie, Emily Payne, Josie Lindsay and Bronwyn Keating. The 200 Medley Relay placed 9th and included Emily Payne, Sophia Snyder, Molly Rouzie and Bronwyn Keating.
“Both the boys and girls teams had great momentum going into the state swim meet after a good showing at the TCIS and the Division II Invitational meets,” said Head Coach Scott. “It was a total team effort with the captains leading by example both in and out of the pool. It took hard work, dedication and many early morning practices to reach this success. Coach Howard and I could not be more proud.”