Wednesday morning, July 23 at dawn, 15 members of the Wilton Y Wahoos Swim Team boarded a bus that would take them to an airplane flight down to Raleigh, NC, to participate in the Long Course National Swim Festival in Cary, NC. The event, hosted by the YMCA of the Triangle Area, will be the athletes’ first travel meet since the world shut down due to Covid-19.
Due to the pandemic, both the 2020 and the 2021 short course and long course Y national meets were canceled — the first time these meets weren’t held since 1947. The YMCA organization began hosting national championship meets in 1923.
The Wilton Wahoos who are attending and competing, accompanied by coaches Todd Stevens and Joe Bonk are:
When “Y nats” was canceled, several YMCA’s from around the country came together to host the 2021 National YMCA festival. The 2021 Long Course National Swim Festival is a meet for YMCA swimmers who have achieved Long Course YMCA national championship time standards.
The team departed on Wednesday morning and arrived in time to hit the pool for training and the opening ceremonies later in the day. The swimmers will return home on Monday, July 26.
Each athlete can swim a total of four individual events. In addition, the swimmers will also be participating in team relay events.
Michael Adams: 800m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 1500m freestyle
Nicholas Besgen: 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle
Ava Fasano: 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 100 m freestyle
Emily Fox: 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 100 m butterfly, 100 m freestyle
Abbey Gardner: 400m medley, 400m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 200m butterfly
Virginia Hastings: 200m medley, 200m freestyle, 400m medley, 400m freestyle
Bridget Kelly: 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle
Caroline Kelly: 800m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 1500m freestyle
Aanya Kongettira: 100m backstroke, 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle
James LaBant: 800m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 1500m freestyle
Veronica Lester: 200m medley, 400m medley, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly
Sydney Lillis: 200m medley, 400m medley, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly
Alex McDonnell: 50m freestyle, 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 100m freestyle
Austin Walt: 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 200m backstroke, 200m butterfly
Andrew Zhou: 200m medley, 100m breaststroke, 400m medley, 200m breaststroke
The competition will be live-streamed.