Wilton Wahoos swimmers receive honors

The Wilton Y Wahoos were recognized for numerous achievements at Connecticut Swimming's annual awards banquet earlier this month.

Some 87 Wahoos were honored for academic achievement and/or top 16-ranking swims.

Selection in the top 16 is bestowed upon swimmers who post the 16 fastest times in the state in each age group and individual events during the short-course and long-course seasons.

Scholar-athletes have completed 10th, 11th or 12th grade, achieving a minimum 3.5 grade-point average for the entire academic year.

Wilton-resident Wahoos recognized for top-16-ranked swims were: Emma Babashak, Callum Breene, Morgan Dill, Jake Florio, Robby Giller, Courtney Gilroy, Brooke Hendee, Grace Hendee, Emma Holmquist, Stephen Holmquist, Emma Kauffeld, Maggie Kauffeld, Tommy Kealy, Nicholas Killian, Natalie Larsen, Jack Lewis, Matthew Martin, Bobby McDowell, Mason Molina, Stephanie Moriarty, Richard Nolan, Caroline O'Brien, Ryan O'Leary, Rita Roberts, Nate Snyder, Sophia Sudano, Katrina Trentos, and Jason Xie.

Wilton-resident Wahoos recognized as scholar-athletes were: Callum Breene, Stephen Holmquist and Maggie Kauffeld.

Wahoo Eric Ronda of Greenwich received Connecticut Swimming's highest individual honor, being named Athlete of the Year, for the second year in a row, for his past short-course and long-course seasons. Ronda’s award was presented by Randy Erlenbach, the Wahoos head coach.

Ronda was the 200-meter breaststroke 18-under champion at the world championship trials in Indianapolis. He was fifth in the US Open in Irvine, Cal., where his 200 breaststroke time of 2:13.21 set a Connecticut resident record. He also was the national champion in the 100 breaststroke at the YMCA nationals in Atlanta, where he set an YMCA record with a time of 1:02.80.

Erlenbach, the Wahoos director of competitive aquatics, was elected by the CSI coaches as Senior Coach of the Year. The Wahoos had one swimmer compete at world championships trials in Indianapolis; three swimmers achieve US Open qualifying times; one swimmer compete at the US Open; six swimmers compete at the USA juniors meet in Irvine; six scholastic All-Americans; and numerous swimmers set CSI state and residents records throughout the year.