Water Rat swim team set to begin 66th season
The Water Rat swim team will begin its 66th season of competition at the Westport Weston Family YMCA with a meet for eight & under swimmers on Sunday, Oct. 11.
About 125 athletes from local swim clubs will participate in the morning event, which starts at 9 a.m. As a result, the Family YCMA’s lap pool will be unavailable for lap swimming and water aerobics until 11:30 a.m., though group and private swim lessons will run as scheduled in the adjacent warm-water shallow pool. Visit westporty.org for the current schedule and facility updates.
The team is coming off a highly successful first year in its new home at the YMCA’s Strittmatter Family Aquatics Center at 14 Allen Raymond Lane in Westport.
Water Rats broke numerous team, state and New England records during the 2014-15 Short Course season, including some that were decades old. In April, at the YMCA National Short Course Championship, in Greensboro, N.C., the senior men’s team placed No. 2 among 200 teams competing for YMCAs from across the country. At the meet, Ellen Johnston was selected as National YMCA Coach of the Year.
Twenty-seven Water Rats from the 2014-2015 swim season were recently named as top swimmers and have been invited to the Connecticut Swimming Awards Banquet on November 1, 2015 at the Aqua Turf Club.
The Water Rats honored include Jude Dequeljoe, Caroline Begg, Katherine Begg, Ella Alpert, Shealeigh Crombie, Riley Twiss, Max Peel, Ashleigh Piro, Kate Killian, Sarah Grinalds, Willow Woods, Michelle Kennedy, Nick Killian, Dashiell Hunter, John Whiteside, Aileen Coyne, Bryce Keblish, Michael Deluca, Justin Summers, Daniel Williams, Tommy Gannon, Chris Woods, Sebastian Ortega, Nicholas Ortega, Jack Gray, Kaitlyn Joy and Delaney Walsh.
The banquet also recognizes scholar-athletes For the 2014-2015 seasons, two Water Rats, Aileen Coyne and Daniel Williams, were named CT Scholar Athletes. This is the third year Williams has been named a Scholar Athlete and the second year for Aileen.
Williams was also named a member of the USA Swimming Scholastic All-America Team. This fall he began his collegiate swimming career at Bowdoin College. Coyne is a senior at Staples High School and a co-captain of the Wreckers team.