Combined Men’s/Women’s Take Top Spot, as Men’s Team Four-peats in 1st, Women’s Team Places 3rd

Thirty-two swimmers from the Wilton Y Wahoos swim team travelled to Indianapolis to compete in the 2016 YMCA Long Course National Championships, July 27-31 at the IUPUI Aquatic Center. They returned home champions:  the men’s team finished in 1st place for the fourth straight year; the women’s team finished in 3rd place; and the combined teams finished in 1st place.

There were a total of 114 teams and 1,100 swimmers from all over the United States in attendance.

The Wilton Y Wahoos netted a total of seven National Championship medals this year. Jake Kealy of Wilton won the 200M backstroke in a time of 2:04.81, and Robby Giller, also of Wilton, took 1st place in the 400M IM in a time of 4:26.69. In addition, Giller, Will Suchy (Wilton), Hugo Sykes (Weston) and Lexo Walker (Ridgefield) won the men’s 800-M freestyle relay with a time of 7:45.90, setting a new Wahoo and CT state resident record.

The other Wahoo National Champions were Weston’s Sykes and Ky-lee Perry of Norwalk, who each won both the 50M- and 100M freestyles.

Additionally, the Wahoos’ 200M freestyle men’s relay team set a new Wahoo record with a time of 1:36.21. Members of that relay were Walker, Alex Ignatov (Trumbull), Sykes and Giller.

In total there were 10 swimmers from Wilton that competed in the meet. In the women’s division, those that finished in the top 24 included Ellen Holmquist who finished 21st in the 100M breaststroke and 20th in the 200M IM; Emma Holmquist, captain of the women’s team, who placed 3rd in the 200M breaststroke, 7th in the 400M IM, 13th in the 100M breaststroke, and 8th in the 200M IM; Emma Kauffeld, who finished 12th in the 1,500M freestyle, 22nd in the 400M freestyle, and 11th in the 800M freestyle; and Natalie Larsen, who finished 23rd in the 200M IM. Other women competing in the meet were Ally Bazarian and Leila Hastings.

On the men’s side, Giller placed 3rd in the 800M- and 1500M freestyles and 5th in the 400M freestyle; Kealy, who finished 3rd in the 100M backstroke and 4th in the 200M IM; and Suchy, who placed 21st in the 1,500M freestyle, 20th in the 200M freestyle, and 15th in the 800M freestyle. Christian Larsen also participated in the meet.