WILTON, Conn. -- The Wilton YMCA Wahoos swimming team was recently rated as a gold medal program by USA Swimming, placing it as one of the top 20 programs in the country.
The Club Excellence Program identifies and recognizes USA Swimming clubs nationwide for their commitment to performance excellence and strives to promote the development of strong, well-rounded senior swimming at the junior national level.
This marks the first time in the Wahoo's 31-year history that they have been named to the elite class by USA Swimming.
“Becoming a Gold Medal Club was a goal of the coaching staff because we knew we had the resources to accomplish this," Wahoo Head coach Randy Erlenbach said in a statement. "Through a lot of hard work and dedication from our student-athletes, coaches, parents, and YMCA staff, we are proud to have accomplished this high accolade as recognized by USA Swimming. But most of all, this comes as a result of the high performance level shown by our swimmers.”
In order to achieve gold medal status, a program must have at least one swimmer ranked in the top 100 nationally. The Wahoos currently boast three: Eric Ronda, a Harvard University freshman, in the 200 breaststroke; Ian Rainey, who will be a Michigan Wolverine next year, in the 800 freestyle and 400 individual medley; and team captain Max Dolan, future Wisconsin Badger, in the 400 individual medley.
For more information on the Wahoo program, log on to http://www.wywahoos.org/