The Westport Weston Family Y Water Rat swim team finished its long course season Aug. 1-4 with a strong showing by its senior swimmers as the top-finishing Connecticut men’s team at the Eastern Zone Sectionals in Buffalo, N.Y.
The meet drew more than 500 top swimmers from Virginia to Maine. Bryce Keblish, Justin Summers, Jake Hoin, Daniel Williams and Ethan Hunter are five of the six members of the Water Rats who qualified for the meet and made up the sectional team that came away as the highest-placing team from Connecticut, which also finished eighth among all men’s teams. Jonathan Blansfield also qualified but is competing at USA Swimming Junior Nationals in Irvine, Calif..
Keblish started the meet with a first-place finish in the 200-meter individual medley event to qualify him for senior nationals. He completed the weekend with four additional top-20-finishes (16th in 100-meter freestyle, 11th in 200-meter freestyle, 13th in 100-meter butterfly and 17th in 50-meter freestyle).
The Water Rats also had other top-32 finishers, including Williams, who was 14th in the 1,500-meter freestyle, 29th in the 200-meter butterfly and 29th in the 400-meter IM. Summers placed 31st in the 100-meter freestyle and Jake Hoin was 32nd in the 200-meter breaststroke.
The team also scored in three relay events with fifth in 800-meter freestyle relay (Keblish, Hoin, Williams, Summers), eighth in the 400-meter freestyle relay (Keblish, Hoin, Williams, Summers) and 16th in the 400-meter MR (Keblish, Hunter, Hoin, Summers).
The Water Rats have more than 200-swimmers (ages seven to 18) and are coached by Ellen Johnston, Mark Sedlak, Betsy Matheney and Frisk Driscoll.
Tryouts for new swimmers interested in joining the Water Rat team will be Tuesday, Sept. 3, at the Westport Weston Family Y at 59 Post Road East in Westport. For more information, visit www.westporty.org or call Ellen Johnston at 203-226-8981or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Westport Weston Family Y is a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization that enriches the community by developing and nurturing the potential of every child, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The Family Y emphasizes the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility in its programs and services. An affiliate of the YMCA of the USA, the Westport Weston Family Y is governed by two boards comprised of community volunteers. As a private non-profit serving a public purpose, the Westport Weston Family Y endeavors to provide financial assistance to those who qualify. For more information, visit www.westporty.org.