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Wilton Y Wahoos Swimmers Heading To Olympic Trials, Paralympics

Stephen Holmquist
Stephen Holmquist Photo Credit: Contributed
Ky-lee Perry
Ky-lee Perry Photo Credit: Contributed
Ian Rainey
Ian Rainey Photo Credit: Contributed

WILTON, Conn. – The Wilton Y will be sending five swimmers with dreams of Rio to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials later this month in Nebraska.

The largest swimming event in the country, the trials will determine the 2016 U.S. Olympic Swim Team that will represent Team USA at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The trials will be held June 26 to July 3 in Omaha.

The five swimmers are:

  • Ky-lee Perry, one of the top female recruits in Connecticut and a senior who is graduating from Brien McMahon High School in Norwalk. She will attend North Carolina State in the fall.
  • Verity Abel, who just finished sophomore year at Duke;
  • Stephen Holmquist, who just finished freshman year at Michigan;
  • Ian Rainey, who just finished sophomore year at Michigan; and
  • Eric Ronda, who just finished junior year at Harvard.

David Gelfand, who just finished his junior year at Weston High School, will be attending the largest Paralympic trials in U.S. history held June 29 to July 2 in Charlotte, N.C.

Noah Macoll-Gomes, from Astoria who just finished his junior year of high school at the Academy of American Studies in Queens, will be representing his country, Antigua, at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero.

Wilton Y Wahoo swimmers come from over 22 towns in southwestern Connecticut, Westchester County, and New York City. A total of 25 Wahoos have competed at Olympic Trials, including 1988 Olympic silver medalist Janel Jorgensen.

“We are so proud of the accomplishments over the decades of the Wilton Y Wahoos,” said Bob McDowell, CEO of the Riverbrook Regional YMCA. “Coach Randy and his team have achieved a reputation for excellence recognized across the United States enabling our swimmers to grow as individuals, achieve their goals as swimmers and expand their potential in a nurturing environment where teamwork is valued.”

Coach Todd Stevens will be attending the Paralympic trials with David, and

Coach Randy Elernbach will be in Omaha for the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for swimming. In addition, Wilton Y Wahoo coaching staff of Alex Baxter, Matt Hall and Dave Modzelwski will also attend the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for swimming.

The Wilton Y Wahoo Swim Team was founded in 1972 as an Age Group program and rapidly developed into a regional contender. In 1977, the team adopted the name Wahoos, the fastest game fish in the ocean, and its legacy of achievement in the national and international arenas began.

The Riverbrook Regional YMCA serves Norwalk as well as the towns of Georgetown, Redding and Wilton. The YMCA is a member-supported charitable organization dedicated to promoting youth development, healthy living and social responsibility by offering a broad range of health enhancing, recreational, educational and social programs that are affordable and accessible to all people.

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