Aquatics

AQUATICS HIGHLIGHTS

Y Lifeguard Certification Course, Oct. 4-5, 11-12

The Westport Weston Family Y is hosting a Red Cross Lifeguarding Course on October 4-5 and 11-12, 9 am – 5 pm, for strong swimmers ages 15 and older.

“Our Y has been training lifeguards ever since we added a pool to our downtown facility in 1929,” says Nicole Turechek, the Family Y’s Aquatics Director. “And so far this year we’ve conducted a number of classes, training dozens of new lifeguards.”

“But this certification class will be special, as we expect it to be the first held in our amazing new Aquatics Center at our new Y.”
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Water Rats Honored In and Out of Pool

Water Rat swimmers are doing well in the pool and in school. Bryce Keblish and Daniel Williams recently were awarded USA Swimming Scholastic All American recognition, which means that they had at least a 3.5 GPA for the previous school year and they swam at least one race equal, or lower, to a Junior National 2011 bonus time. (This is the first year for Daniel and the second for Bryce.)

Bryce and Daniel also were recognized as CT Swimming Scholar Athletes, as were Aileen Coyne and Max Wimer.

Sarah Grinalds recently placed 7th in the USA Swimming Top...  Learn More

Meet Chandler Crosby, New Head Age Group Coach

The Westport Weston Family Y Water Rat Swim Team has hired Chandler Crosby as the team’s new Head Age Group Coach and the Y’s Assistant Director of Competitive Swimming.

Chandler hales from New Canaan, where he swam for the high school and the New Canaan Y. As a club swimmer, Chandler competed at both the Y National and USA Swimming national level. After high school, he attended Southern Connecticut State University, where he was an All American.
Chandler
After graduating from SCSU, Chandler worked as a fifth-grade teacher in Florida...  Learn More

New Aquatics Center Takes Final Shape

Our Family Y’s Building What Matters project to construct a modern new facility at its Mahackeno campus achieved a final milestone on Tuesday, Aug. 12. Call it “Filling What Matters” -- as the spigot was turned on to begin filling the 10-lane, 25-yard lap pool with some 262,672 gallons of water.

Workers from Main Line Commercial Pools, the Pa.-based company in charge of completing the Strittmatter Family Aquatics Center, applied a final coat of plaster to the pool shell before turning the hose over to Ellen Johnston, longtime Head Coach of the Y’s vaunted Water Rat Swim Team...  Learn More

Water Rat Senior Team Long Course Highlights

The Water Rat Senior Team finished the Long Course swim season with a bang. The Senior Team started their stellar championship run at the CT Senior Open Championships. The Senior Boys’ tied for second with the Cheshire Sea Dogs, an impressive showing considering the Water Rat team was half the size of Cheshire and the first-place finishers.

Jonathan Blansfield set the 17/18 and Senior Boys CT Record for the 800 freestyle, and Bryce Keblish set the 17/18 Boys CT Record for the 100 Butterfly. John Whiteside broke the team record in the 100M Backstroke, and...  Learn More

Water Rats Shine at CT Long Course Championships

Thirty Water Rat swimmers from the Westport Weston Family Y participated in the Connecticut Long Course Age Group Championships, July 24-27, at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Seven Water Rat records, some dating back 15 years, were broken over three days of competition:

Esme Hunter, 12 years old, in the 50 meter, 100 meter and 200 meter backstroke;
Nathan Wang, 12 years old, in the 50 meter and 100 meter breaststroke;
Dashiell Hunter, 13 years old, in the 200 meter breaststroke;
Tucker Ballou, 10 years old, in the 50 meter butterfly.

In addition to smashing team records, Nathan...  Learn More

Water Rat Tryouts To Be Held Sept. 3

Tryouts for the 2014-2015 Water Rat Swim Team will be held on Wednesday, September 3, 2014. Exact times will be posted in August. Tryouts are for swimmers 12 years and younger. and cost $25 for swimmers who pre-register and $40 for those who do not. Swimmers who are 13 and older should contact Head Coach Ellen Johnston to arrange a personal evaluation.

The Water Rat Swim Team is a year-round, nationally recognized competitive swim program organized and operated by the Aquatics Department of the Westport Weston Family Y.

The Water Rat Swim Team competes in...  Learn More

NEW: Lifeguard Certification Course, Aug. 11-15

The Family Y is hosting a Red Cross Lifeguarding Course August 11-15, 9 am - 2 pm, for strong swimmers ages 15 and older. These Waterfront Lifeguard Certification Courses will give newly trained Lifeguards more options at places to work, from beaches to parks to private clubs.

This Red Cross lifeguarding course emphasizes practical lifesaving skills and job-related responsibilities. Lifeguard Training, Standard First Aid and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer are included. Participants must be able to swim 500 yards without goggles and tread water for 3 minutes.

The fee for Y members is $325; $375 for non-members....  Learn More

Water Rats Set Personal Bests at Maryland Meet

A group of 20 Water Rat swimmers traveled to the University of Maryland, Baltimore Campus July 10-13 to compete in the Sandbox Invitational, an age-group meet for swimmers ages 10 to 12. Hosted by the Retriever Aquatic Club and the Annapolis Swim Club, the meet attracted teams from Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Canada.

“We had great swims from all the swimmers, with many of them not only setting personal-best times, but also qualifying for the Connecticut Age Group Championships, which will be held July 24-27 at Wesleyan University, and the Eastern Zone Championships, which...  Learn More

Point-to-Point Swimmers Make a Splash

The Westport Weston Family Y's 36th annual Point-to-Point Compo Beach Swim saw a field of 130 aquatic athletes tackle the mile-long course off the east beach on Sunday, July 20.

"This is one of the great events and traditions in Westport," said First Selectman Jim Marpe, in a news story on westport-now.com by Jarret Liotta. "And one of the things that makes Westport special. Those of you who have been here know that."

Three tiers of competitive swimmers -- advanced, intermediate and beginner -- competed in separate heats under an overcast sky that briefly spritzed the crowd.Learn More

New! AquaFins Swim Program for Special Needs Children

At the Westport Weston Family Y, we pride ourselves on being an organization that provides access for all members of our community. To meet that goal, we’re happy to introduce AquaFins, a NEW five-week swim program specifically designed for children with special needs, ages 6 to 14.

The Y's AquaFins Therapeutic Swim Lesson Program will be held in our Brophy Pool and is open to Y Members and non-members. The first session will begin June 30 and will comprise two 40-minute classes a week, through August 1. To ensure proper grouping and the best experience for everyone, all...  Learn More