The Wilton Y Wahoos had lots to cheer about at the 2011 Connecticut Swim Club Age Group Championships at Wesleyan University last month. The team finished first in the overall combined 12 & under team score and second in the overall team score.
Some 45 Wahoo 12-and-under swimmers raced their way to an impressive 158 best times, while the team's Senior contingent saw many new best times and new Y National qualifying times as well.
Many Wilton swimmers put in standout performances at the event. Stephen Holmquist took home the High Point and the Distance High Point awards for the 13/14 age group. He placed first in every one of his events, including the 1650 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 500 free, 200 fly, 400 IM and 100 free.
Wilton's Emma Babashak, 8, placed 13th in the 10-and-under 50 fly and 10th in the 100 fly. Ten-year-old Jack Lewis had an outstanding weekend, posting personal best times in every event he swam. Lewis touched fourth in the 10-and-under 50 and 100 breaststroke events, sixth in the 100 IM, 12th in the 500 free and 200 IM and 13th in the 100 butterfly. Teammate Ryan Looney also swam several best times and scored points with his 17th place finish in the 50 fly. Mathew Martin placed 11th in the 200 free (besting his time by a head-turning 11 seconds!), and was 17th in the 500 free and 13th in the 100 free. Richard Nolan was seventh in the 100 breast, 12th in the 50 breast and 14th in the 50 backstroke. Jason Xie finished eighth in the 100 breaststroke, bettering his time by more than six seconds. Jake Florio slashed his best time in the 500 free by more than 20 seconds and in the 200 free by more than nine seconds.
Competing in the 11-12 age group, Emma Holmquist placed seventh in the 50 breast, ninth in the 100 breast, and 13th in the 200 breast. Katrina Trentos placed 18th in the 100 free. John Kealy posted several best times meet, including an impressive 8.6 seconds off in his 200 backstroke event. Derek Benison, Lillian Chang and Will Suchy -- who took more than four seconds off his personal best in the 500 free -- all put in strong performances as well in the 11-12 age group.
In the 13-14 age group, Kristen Moss took home the gold medal in the 100 free and the bronze in the 400 IM. Courtney Gilroy touched ninth in the 200 breast, 14th in the 500 free, and 13th in the 400 IM and the 100 breaststroke. Hannah Armstrong was 15th in the 200 back. Callum Breene swam a personal best in the 200 backstroke, while teammate Julia Lewis swam her fastest times ever in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke. Brooke Hendee also had impressive swims for the Wahoos in the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke.
Swimming in the 15-18 age group, Grace Hendee was third in the 50 free, seventh in the 100 free,15th in the 200 free, 17th in the 200 back and 18th in the 100 back. Stephanie Moriarty was ninth in the 100 fly. Jack Abbott was 11th in the 200 fly. Caroline O'Brien was ninth in the 100 free. Katherine Johnson chalked up personal bests in both the 500 and 100 freestyle events. Peter Walker swam his fastest ever 100 breast.
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