A Season Ending Thank You from Coach Todd

JoAnn McCaffrey

 

                                                             A MESSAGE FROM COACH TODD

 

Greetings Wahoo Family (Parents and Swimmers alike),

 

I want to begin by Thanking All of You from the bottom of my heart. These past 16 months have been quite a journey for our families, our community, our Team, and our YMCA. Through it all you have been supportive, energetic, and understanding. Your enthusiasm came around full throttle as we began to host in person meets with area teams this spring. Our Swim-a-Thon was unprecedented in both an exciting and heartwarming way, as you raised over $60,000 towards our new scoreboard.

As we close out our Long Course season, lots of excitement is just around the corner. Our NEW Scoreboard will be coming in, Registration will be opening, Training squads will have a new look, a new purpose and a new identity as swimmers move from old groups to new ones.  A new WPAC and new squad VPs will roll into place, and we will begin to embark together on what I anticipate being a very exciting year for The Wilton Wahoos.

We plan on brining back an old Wahoo tradition – “Was vs Hoos” which will involve all swimmers in fun relays as well as a parent vs coaches relay extravaganza. We will welcome Olympian Maya Dirado for an in-person swim clinic which will kick off our Short Course Season in September.

I want to share with all of you some highlights from our Long Corse Championship season.

We hosted Regional Championships which was a well-run Ct. Swimming Championship meets and all teams were thrilled with our facility, how well the meet ran, our gracious hospitality and the energy of our team.

We traveled to Raleigh, North Carolina for The National YMCA Swim Festival with 15 of our top swimmers. The facility, team travel, fast swimming, and the excitement of many final swims just added to the joy of finally getting to travel safely as a team once again. Congratulations to the many finalists and to Virginia Hastings and Ava Fasano who achieved their Winter Junior National cuts!!!

While in North Carolina, Coaches Eric and Ray lead our team in Cheshire at Ct. Age Group Championships- placing 3rd overall in the standings. Congratulations to all Wahoos who attended.

More notably, we want to recognize our 2021 (11-14) Long Course Age Group Champions.

Tommy Lussier – 100 free                            Veda Kongittera – 200 Back

Mackenzie Grey- 100 breaststroke         

 

Boys 11-12 200 Free Relay – Jack Cunningham, Luke Lussier, Gregory Pinchbeck, and Tommy Lussier.

Boys 11-12 400 Free Relay – Jack Cunningham, Gregory Pinchbeck, Neil Kelly, and Tommy Lussier.

 

For the Grand finale- The 10 and Unders competed in the Ct. Swimming 10 and under Age Group Championship at The Shelton Community Center last weekend – Congratulations to Mary Kelly who claimed first place honors in the 100 free, 50 back and 200 free, and to Matt Cunningham who claimed 3rd in the 100 breaststroke- way to represent!!!      

Enjoy your break – Stay Safe – Stay strong – See you soon.

All My Best

Todd Stevens

Director of Competitive Aquatics- WYW