Over March 16-19 the Wilton Y Wahoos competed at the Connecticut Age Group Championship at Chelsea Piers in Stamford. The boys team won the meet with a total of 1155.5 points, the girls finished in 4th place and the combined team placed 4th overall.

Records Broken

The 13-14 age group broke an amazing five Wahoo team records during the meet, all relays. On the first night (Thursday, March 16), both Wahoo team records were broken in the 800-freestyle relays. The girls team of Emma Babashak (Wilton), Katya Taylor-Yeremeeva (Redding), Stephanie Bishop (Ridgefield) and Ellen Holmquist (Wilton) set the first record in a time of 7:53.05, beating the previous record of 7:55.22 set last year by some of the same girls. Next came the boys team of Thomas Dupont (Darien), Andrew Dong (Ridgefield), RJ Welch (Fairfield) and Rory Hess (Wilton). Their winning time of 7:35.57 crushed the previous record of 7:40.95 set in 2013.

On Friday night, the boys team of Hess, Dong, Welch and Andrew Huang (Fairfield) broke the 400-yard freestyle relay record with a time of 3:28.52, beating the prior record of 3:31.05, also set in 2013. The same group of boys broke the record in the the 200-yard freestyle relay the following night with a time of 1:35:31, besting the previous high mark (1:35.84) that had been set in 2005.

Finally, on Sunday night, it was the girls’ turn again. Zoey Araquel (Wilton), Bella Gary (Weston), Babashak and Bishop broke the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 4:03.20. They blew away the previous record of 4:04.54, set in 2013.

Top-20 Results

Many Wilton swimmers participated and achieved top 20 results at the meet:

In the 10-and-under girls group, Aanya Kongettira finished 5th in the 50-yard backstroke, 12th in the 100-yard backstroke and 18th in the 100-yard freestyle. Sahana Bhagavatula also participated in the meet.

For the age 11-12 girls, Anya Iyer placed 14th in the 500-yard freestyle, 17th in the 50-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle and 20th in the 200-yard IM; and, Sydney Lillis finished 18th in the 200-yard butterfly. Also swimming in the meet were Hannah Cowe and Casey Vanderwall.

In the age 13-14 girls group, Araquel placed 19th in the 200-yard butterfly; Babashak placed 3rd in the 200-yard butterfly and 6th in the 200-yard IM; and, Avery Newcomer finished 8th in the 200-yard breaststroke and 12th in the 100-yard breaststroke. Other Wiltonians who swam included Emily Bukowski, Olivia Crisafulli, Sophie Hemschot and Caroline Mahony.

For the 10-and-under boys, Daniel Babashak placed 9th in the 100-yard butterfly, 12th in 500-yard freestyle, 15th in the 200-yard freestyle, 16th in both the 50-yard butterfly and 100-yard breaststroke, and 19th in the 200-yard IM. Andrew Zhou finished 16th in the 50-yard breaststroke and 17th in the 100-yard breaststroke. Hirsh Iyer also participated in the meet.

In the 13-14 year old boys group, Hess placed 3rd in the 100-yard butterfly, 5th in the 200-yard butterfly, 6th in the 400-yard IM, 7th in the 200-yard breaststroke, 10th in the 100-yard breaststroke and 11th in the 200-yard IM. Kevin Hu finished 19th in the 200-yard butterfly; and Matt Schaller finished 13th in the 1650-yard freestyle, 15th in the 200-yard butterfly and 16th in the 1000-yard freestyle. Also swimming in the meet was Maxwell Downing.

This meet concluded the short course season for many of the swimmers. After a short break they will start training for the long course season.