Wahoo men’s team second at Y nationals
Twenty-two local athletes scored big for the Wilton YMCA Wahoos Swim Team at the biggest stage in YMCA swimming — the 2016 Short Course YMCA National Championships, held April 4-9 in Greensboro, N.C.
The Wahoos men’s team, comprised of 13 athletes, scored 311 points to finish in second place.
The women’s team scored 125 points to finish in 12th place.
Overall, the Wahoos finished in fourth place among YMCA swim teams nationwide. More than 1,400 swimmers from across the United States participated in the prestigious meet.
Swimmers Ky-Lee Perry of Norwalk and Hugo Sykes of Weston both captured gold medals in the men’s and women’s 50-yard freestyle events.
Perry also won gold in the women’s 100-yard freestyle and will be headed to Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., in late June. Perry has Olympic-qualifying times in both the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyle and will compete for a spot on Team USA heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in August.
She also finished fifth in the 100 backstroke, while Sykes was also second in the men’s 100 freestyle, sixth in the 200 freestyle, and 11th in the 200 backstroke.
Another outstanding performance in Greensboro came from Wilton High junior Robby Giller, who scored points in all four of his individual races. He placed eighth in both the 1000 freestyle and 400 individual medley, and was 14th in both the 500 freestyle and 200 butterfly.
Giller also swam one leg on three relay teams that finished in the top five.
Other Wilton swimmers competing at the meet were Will Suchy, Natalie Larsen, Jake Kealy, Emma Kauffeld, Emma Holmquist, and Katrina Trentos.
Scoring points for the boys were Jake Kealy (seventh 200 back, 12th 100 back), while for the girls Emma Holmquist (fourth 200 breaststroke, fifth 400 IM) and Emma Kauffeld (15th 1000 free) added points to Wilton’s total.
Other local athletes participating in the meet for the Wahoos included Siera Daly and Kiersten Daly of Weston; Dakota Meyer of Norwalk; Erik Ryan and James Mostofi of Darien; Lexo Walker, Jack Lynch and Kevin Santoro of Ridgefield; Luca DiCapua of Pound Ridge, N.Y.; Alex Ignatov and Catherine Buroker of Trumbull; Wesley Fales of New Canaan; and Noah Mascoll-Gomes of Astoria, Queens.
The Wilton boys had four relay teams finish in the top five.
In the 400 medley relay, the team of Jake Kealy, Luca DiCapua, Robby Giller and Hugo Sykes was second. The same foursome was fifth in the 200 medley relay.
The Wilton boys were third in the 800 free relay with Noah Mascoll-Gomes, Lexo Walker, Giller and Sykes, and fourth in the 200 freestyle relay with Gomes, Walker, Sykes and Ignatov.