Record-Breaking Wilton Y Wahoos

As the summer of 2014 draws to a close, the Wilton Y Wahoos have marked another record-breaking season, notching impressive stats that include one USA National Junior Team member, 21 individual CT state records, eight relay CT state records, seven USA Swimming Scholastic All Americans and 13 CT Swimming Scholar Athletes. As well, 21 swimmers have moved onto colleges across the nation.

Ian Rainey, now a freshman at the University of Michigan, concluded his Wahoo age group swimming career by being selected as a member of the National Junior Team. Only six athletes in each event are selected nationwide. Ian was selected for his performance in the 400 Meter IM. Head coach Randy Erlenbach said of this achievement, “We are very proud of what Ian has accomplished this year and it is credited to his commitment to hard work every day.”

A total of 21 CT state records were broken, as well as 8 relay records. CT swimming holds two types of records:  State and Resident. State records are set within the state of Connecticut while resident records are set by Connecticut swimmers anywhere in the country and around world. State records were set individually by the following Wahoo swimmers:  Kylee Perry (50 Free), Stephen Holmquist (200 IM), and Ian Rainey (1500 Free and 400 IM). Relay state records were broken by:  Tommy Kealy, Stephen Holmquist, Max Dolan, and Ian Rainey (800 Free Relay) and Ian Rainey, Sam DeLise, Tommy Kealy, and Max Dolan (400 Medley Relay). Resident records were broken individually by:  Kylee Perry (50 Free), Ian Rainey (800 Free and 400 IM), and Stephen Holmquist (1500 Free). Relay resident records were set by:  Tommy Kealy, Stephen Holmquist, Max Dolan, and Ian Rainey (800 Free Relay), Ian Rainey, Sam DeLise, Tommy Kealy, and Max Dolan (400 Medley Relay), Chelsea Pond, Verity Abel, Emma Holmquist, and Kylee Perry (200 Free Relay), and by Max Dolan, Hugo Sykes, Lexo Walker, and Tommy Kealy (800 Free Relay).

USA Swimming Scholastic All-America status is a combination of GPA and time standards. Among those are Wahoo swimmers:  Verity Abel, Samantha Cheruk, Kiersten Daly, Sam DeLise, Emma Holmquist, Stephen Holmquist, and Ed Stolarski. In addition, CT Swimming posts their scholar athletes; among the Wahoos who were added to the list: Megan Contarino, Dillon DiGuglielmo, Divya Ganugapati, Courtney Gilroy, Simon Ginsberg, Alex Ignatov, Patricia Kohn, Megan Lafond, Dakota Meyer, Mira Patel, Elizabeth Sargent, Sapir Shoshan, Daniel Solinsky, and Renee Varga.

The 21 swimmers who graduated are: Jack Abbott (Catholic University), Verity Abel (Duke), Hannah Armstrong (Gettysburg), Callum Breene (University of Rochester), Miles Buroker (USC, Southern Cal), Sam Carley (RPI), Brandon Cole (UConn), Sam DeLise (Georgetown), Max Dolan (Wisconsin), Chris Hume (Notre Dame), Tommy Kealy (William & Mary), Trevor Kratz (Avon Old Farms), Dan Krentsa (UConn), Gabby LeBlanc (BC), Bobby McDowell (Keane State), Stephanie Moriarty (Amhearst), Brenna Nimkoff (Dickinson), Chelsea Pond (Liberty), Ian Rainey (Michigan), Andrew Rowland (Gaucher), and Alyssa Storino (Notre Dame).

Bob McDowell, the CEO of the Wilton Family YMCA, said that, “For the past 42 years our YMCA has provided a place where children can strive to reach their goals and truly feel a sense of accomplishment and community. Our Wahoo program continually works through a professional full-time coaching staff and numerous assistance coaches along with an outstanding parent organization to support each child plan and then reach their personal dreams of success. Congratulations to all of our Wahoo participants, coaches and parents for their recent success both in and out of the swimming pool and gym.”