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Age Group News

Monday, December 03, 2012

Age Group News, December 3

Dear Age Group Parents and Swimmers:

Upon finally returning to our own YMCA, after a month of shuttling from one pool venue to the next, we want to take a few moments to thank all the swimmers, parents and coaches for remaining so flexible during this difficult time. If there was any question before as to what kind of swim team we have, the Water Rats repeatedly demonstrated what an awesome club we are while parents worked together to ferry kids to Wilton, Weston, Norwalk, and Staples, sometimes with only a day's notice. Many of you have several kids in different practice groups and we understand, and appreciate, how complicated it was to make it to these practices, and to continuously alter your daily schedules.

Your commitment, and their hard work, paid off repeatedly when the kids were able to continue to perform well at meets despite this major interruption in their training. Although we had to scramble to host our own Maura Marden Freestyle Frenzy at Wesleyan, the kids really rose to the challenge, many securing best times despite the fact that some of you were still without power, and practices the prior week were
held in Wilton.

A week later, despite some late practices at Staples and Wilton, many kids again bested their times, and some even qualified for Age Groups at the New Canaan Age Group Qualifier meet. In addition, we had a great turnout for our 3rd Annual Turkey Burn, where Finn Johnston (6:45) and Alec Keblish (14:45) had the fastest runs and Danny Duffy (26:24-New Record!) and John McNab (48:12) the fastest overall times. Thanks to all the parents who turned out to time and photograph this event!

On December 15th and 16th we are excited to be going to the CAC Qualifier at Connecticut College in New London. This is going to be a fun “TEAM TRIP” for our younger age groupers. We have blocked a group of rooms at the Spring Hill Suites Marriott, link enclosed, for Friday night December 14th and Saturday night December 15th. If you mention the Water Rat Swim Team you will receive the group rate. You need to call 860.439.0151 and ask for the "Water Rats Group Rate" or use the link below to reserve your own rooms.


Details about a dinner Saturday night, and a field trip Saturday afternoon to the Submarine Force Museum and the USS Nautilus in Groton, CT, will follow soon.

Lastly, we’ d like to thank the Wilton and Norwalk YMCAs, as well as Coach John Scaldini and Coach Ryan Lochner of the Weston Swim Team for generously allowing us to utilize their facilities over the last month.

Again, we greatly appreciate your patience, understanding, and commitment to the Water Rats program. We think you are the best parents and swimmers ever!!!



Mark Sedlak