WILTON, Conn. --The Wilton Y Wahoos have been honored as one of the top swim teams in the nation for the seventh straight year by USA Swimming.
USA Swimming released its annual Club Excellence Awards to recognize the nation’s highest-performing clubs in the development of athletes 18 years and younger. The Wahoos have been listed as a Silver Medal Club. The designation is given to teams ranked between 21-100 in the annual evaluation. The Wahoos finished this year 58th in the national rankings and number 1 among Connecticut swim teams.
The Wahoos earned the Silver Medal honor thanks to the strong performance of its senior level swimmers. Ky-lee Perry, now a freshman at North Carolina State represented the Wahoos at Olympic Trials this past summer. Hugo Sykes, now a freshman at the Denver University, won three YMCA National individual titles this year. Additional points came from current Wahoo seniors Robby Giller and Jake Kealy, both of whom won YMCA National individual titles this year.
“We’re proud of the efforts of our entire team to reach this accolade as recognized by USA Swimming,” said Head Coach Randy Erlenbach. “We thank the swimmers, the coaches, the YMCA, and most of all, our team parents for all that they do to help our swimmers to reach their potential.”
In its 15th year, the Club Excellence program identifies clubs that execute strong, well-rounded programs to produce elite 18-and-under athletes. The top 20 clubs earn Gold level ranking and those rated 21-100 are designated as Silver honorees. The next 100 clubs are recognized at the Bronze level.
Nation’s Capital Swim Club was the top team in the rankings for the third year a row with 89,635 points. Two other Connecticut teams were recognized as Silver Medal Clubs behind Wilton and two others were recognized as Bronze Medal Clubs.
In addition to recognizing high-performing teams, the program provides grant funding that enables clubs to expand and enhance the services already provided to athletes. A total of $450,000 in grants will be distributed to the 100 Gold- and Silver-level clubs.