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Gymnastics

Wilton Gymnasts Score Perfect 10

The Wilton Y Gymnastics team attended Darien’s Emily Fedorko Challenge invitational meet on March 12-13. One of the aims of the meet was to have gymnasts be conscious of all the good qualities that Emily Fedorko expressed, and through that to work hard, and keep smiling. Two Wilton gymnasts earned scores they will likely smile about for years to come… perfect 10s. Alyssa Smeriglio, level 3, and Ashley Umhoefer, level 4, both earned the honor with their bars routine. (pictured above)

Level 3
In the youngest age division, Alyssa Mariani was the All-Around champion, also finishing 1st on Vault (9.6), 2nd on Floor (9.4), and 5th on Beam (9.1). In the next group, Lauren Condon placed 3rd on Beam, and scored a 9.05 on Floor. Ella Mancuso scored 9.15 on Floor. In the next age group, Alyssa Smeriglio won 1st place on Bars (10.0), 2nd place on Floor (9.5), 4th place on Vault, and 5th place AA. Ella Arghirescu took 3rd on Vault (9.45), 5th on Beam and Bars (9.4), and scored 9.25 on Floor. Emma Incao placed 2nd on Bars (9.85) and 5th on Beam and Vault (9.3). In the next age group, Becky Arnowitz finished 2nd on Beam (9.25), 3rd AA, and scored 9.4 on Beam and 9.25 on Floor. Samantha Bauer placed 2nd on Beam (9.25), 5th on Vault (9.2) and AA, and scored 9.2 on Floor and 9.3 on Bars. Gemma Huck placed 4th on Floor (9.4) and Bars (9.55). In the top age division, Isabella Giordano won 1st place on Vault (9.45) 4th place AA, and scored 9.2 on Bars. Simona Gheorghe placed 2nd on Vault (9.35) and 4th on Beam.

Level 4
In the youngest age division, Ashley Umhoefer was the All-Around champion, also finishing 1st on Bars (10.0) 2nd on Vault and Floor (9.15) and 4th on Beam (9.2). Sienna Morris placed 2nd on Floor (9.15) and 5th on Vault. In the next division, Donna Stepnowsky finished 2nd on Bars (9.5), 3rd on Floor (9.2), 4th AA, and 5th on Vault. Grace Condon placed 2nd on Floor (9.4) and 5th on Beam (9.0). In the next age group, Alyson Scheurkogel placed 2nd on Beam (9.25), 3rd AA, 4th on Bars (9.45), and 5th on Floor (9.05). Maddie Rosa finished 4th on Floor (9.1), and 5th on Bars (9.0), Vault, and Beam. Kaylie Berghaus placed 2nd on Bars (9.65) and 4th on Floor (9.1). Chloe Jureller won 1st place on Floor (9.4), and finished 4th on Vault and Beam. In the top age group, Michaela Kane won 1st place on Bars (9.4), 2nd on Beam (9.15) and AA, and 3rd on Vault. Ava Walker won 1st place on Beam (9.2) and scored 9.0 on Floor.

Level 5
In the youngest group, Olivia Mannino finished 5th on Beam (9.1) and scored 9.0 on Floor. In the next group, Peyton Gildersleeve took 2nd on Beam (9.1), 3rd on Floor (9.0) and Bars, and 4th on Vault and AA. Emily D’Onofrio finished 4th on Beam and 5th on Bars. Maeve Burke finished 5th on Beam. Emilia Riina took 4th on Floor. Grace Chan took 5th on Floor. In the top age group, Isabella Jureller won 1st place on Beam (9.0) and 3rd on Floor (9.2). Katie Walsh won 1st place on Vault and 2nd on Beam. Stefania Mariani took 2nd on Vault, 5th on Beam, and scored 9.0 on Floor.

Level 6
In the first age division, Mia Karlehag won 1st place on Floor (9.85) and 5th on Beam (9.1) and AA. In the next group, Lilly Byrnes won 1st place on Flor (9.6), 4th on Bars and AA, and 5th on Vault. In the upper age division, Megan McNamara was the All-Around champion, also placing 1st on Bars (9.45) and 2nd on Floor (9.6). Rachel Esslinger won 1st place on Vault (9.0) and took 3rd on Floor (9.4), 4th on Bars (9.1) and 5th AA. Dillon Loud placed 4th on Beam (9.0) and scored 9.05 on Floor. Erin Daugherty placed 2nd on Vault and 4th on Floor (9.35) and Beam (9.0). Lauren Cooper placed 5th on Floor (9.3) and Vault. Emma Daugherty finished 4th on Floor (9.35). Jenna Smeriglio scored 9.0 on Floor.

Level 7
In the youngest age group, Sarah Cross placed 2nd on Floor (9.35), 3rd on Vault and AA, and 4th on Bars and Beam. In the older division, Alyssa Jarrett won 1st place on Bars (9.4) and finished 3rd on Vault and 4th on Beam. Kate Ginsburg finished 3rd on Beam and scored 9.05 on Floor. Kayla Heber took 4th on Floor (9.3).

Level 8
In the youngest age group, Sam Huffman took 1st place on Bars (9.45), 3rd on Beam, and 5th on Floor. Marra Woodring placed 4th on Vault. In the oldest age group, Lizzie Berta took 1st place on Bars, 2nd on Floor (9.45) and AA, 4th on Vault, and 5th on Beam. Grace Breen also took 1st place on Bars and finished 3rd on Vault and 5th on Floor and AA.

Lacrosse

Make-A-Wish Lacrosse

Four Wilton 8th graders who play on the Make-A-Wish Lacrosse team took part in a Fairfield County-wide fundraising effort, setting up a table to ask for donations outside the Wilton Stop & Shop this past Saturday, March 26.

Make-A-Wish CT’s “Lacrosse for Wishes” program was established four years ago in Fairfield County to bring lacrosse players from various towns together to integrate fundraising and the game. Local coaches were approached with the idea of creating a new, youth, summer Lacrosse team that would participate in summer tournaments. However, instead of the young athletes paying to play in the competitions, they would raise money for Make-A-Wish CT, and represent the organization both on and off the field. The young athletes not only reach out to friends, family and neighbors for donations, but also create opportunities like car washes, bake sales and even dinner events at their family homes. While each player is required to raise $500, the average contribution per player is $1,200 across the summer season. The program has grown from a $30,000 donation to Make-A-Wish CT in its first year, to 2015, when over 160 athletes raised more than $110,000 for Make-A-Wish CT. In just four years, these CT players donated almost $300,000 to make wishes come true for kids their own age.

The four Wilton players who are part of the Make-A-Wish team are Matthew McVey, Cooper Heinemann, Reilly Sullivan and Dean Griffin. The four Wilton boys raised almost $500 in their one afternoon in front of Stop & Shop last Saturday, and each had something to say about the experience:

Lacrosse for Wishes 8th grade players raise money for Make-A-Wish. (L-R): Matthew McVey, Cooper Heinemann, Reilly Sullivan, and Dean Griffin.
Lacrosse for Wishes 8th grade players raise money for Make-A-Wish. (L-R): Matthew McVey, Cooper Heinemann, Reilly Sullivan, and Dean Griffin.

Reilly Sullivan:  “It’s an awesome feeling knowing you are helping people who deserve it.”

Dean Griffin: “It’s a great thing to do, they don’t have as many opportunities as other kids and we can help make their wishes come true.”

Matt McVey:  “This makes me feel very fulfilled, helping a great cause and knowing the money will go to wishes that can make life better for sick kids.”

Cooper Heinemann: “It’s great to see so many people donating money and supporting a great thing.”

Wilton Y Wahoos

22 Wilton Y Wahoo Swimmers Head to 2016 YMCA National Championships

Twenty-two local athletes representing the Wilton YMCA Wahoos are headed to the biggest stage in YMCA swimming–the 2016 Short Course YMCA National Championships, April 4-9 in Greensboro, NC.  The swimmers will join more than 1,400 athletes from across the country traveling to the prestigious meet to test their will, drive and spirit within competitive swimming.

Swimmers pictured below:

Front row:  Will Suchy (Wilton), Siera Daly (Weston), Hugo Sykes (Weston), Kiersten Daly (Weston), Natalie Larsen (Wilton).

Middle row:  Jake Kealy (Wilton), Erik Ryan (Darien), Luca DiCapua (Pound Ridge), Alex Ignitor (Trumbull), Kevin Santoro (Ridgefield), Emma Kauffeld (Wilton), Emma Holmquist (Wilton), Wesley Fales (New Canaan), Dakota Meyer (Norwalk).

Back Row:  Lexo Walker (Ridgefield), Jack Lynch (Ridgefield), James Mostofi (Darien), Ky-Lee Perry (Norwalk), Robby Giller (Wilton), Katrina Trentos (Wilton), Catherine Buroker (Trumbull).

Not Pictured:  Noah Mascoll-Gomes (Astoria, Queens) and Wilton Y Wahoos head coach Randy Erlanbach.

Wahoos Y at Nationals 2016

Archery

On Sunday, March 20, the Wilton Archery Club participated in their first ever head-to-head Archery Tournament with the Meridan Boys and Girls Club. Wilton’s archers did fantastically, lead by their coach, Zack Block.

Wilton Y Archery

Wilton Youth Football and Cheer

Registration for the 2016 Fall Wilton Youth Football and Cheer season is now open, and players can register until May 31. Late fees will apply to any registrations completed after May 31. To register visit the Wilton Youth Football and Cheer website.