Water Rat Recognition Night; Pancake Breakfast

Water Rat Recognition Night, the swim team's annual banquet, will be held at Bedford Middle School at 6:00 pm on April 25. All swimmers and their parents are invited. Also, mark your calendars now for the Annual Pancake Breakfast, taking place Saturday, May 3, at Christ & Holy Trinity Church in downtown Westport.

The Senior Water Rat Team sponsors this fun and delicious fundraiser, cooking and serving you breakfast, with all proceeds going to benefit travel to Y Nationals....  Learn More

Lifeguard Training & Re-Certification Courses

Ready to nail down that great summer job? Gain some valuable life skills and credentials? If you're a strong swimmer and 15 years or older, sign up for our upcoming Red Cross Lifeguard Certification Course at the Family Y. The course will take place April 5-6 & 12-13,10:00am – 5:00pm each of the four weekend days.

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.

The fee is $325 for Y members; $350 for non-members. Participants must be able to attend...  Learn More

Recent Swim Meet Results; Feb. 8 Meet Preview

The Westport Weston Family Y’s youngest competitive swimmers traveled to New Milford on Sunday, Feb. 2, for the 8 & Under Y State Championships, held at the Canterbury School’s Higgins Aquatic Center.

“To say I was impressed with our swimmers would be an understatement,” said Water Rat 8 & Under Coach Kristen Finnegan. “We had 48 best times out of a total of 66 swims, and overall our team took 2nd place out of 11 teams at the meet, with a combined score of 524 points.”

Parker Lenoce led the Boys with 80 individual points, while...  Learn More

Mossman Indoor Tri, Sunday, March 2

The Westport Weston Family Y will host the second annual Mossman Indoor Tri at the Y on Sunday, March 2. Conducted in partnership with Team Mossman Triathlon Club, the indoor triathlon consists of a 15-minute lap swim, 25-minute cycle on a spin bike and 20-minute run on a treadmill.

The 2014 Mossman Indoor Tri will take place from 8 am to 1 pm at the Family Y’s facility in downtown Westport and is open to Y members and non-members alike. The entry fee is $45 per individual; $65 per relay team. To register, please go to and...  Learn More

Highlights from Water Rat Pentathlon Swim Meet

The Westport Weston Family Y Water Rat Swim Team hosted its annual Pentathlon Meet on Jan. 11-12, filling the Stauffer Pool and Weeks Pavilion with hundreds of young swimmers and spectators on both Saturday and Sunday. Along with the dozens of Water Rats entered, swimmers from 10 other teams participated, taking part in the meet’s distinctive five-event format: Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly and Individual Medley.

A number of Water Rats turned in notable all-around performances. In the 10 & Under Boys Age Group, Sean Rogers took 2nd place, Emmett Adams came in 4th, Finn Johnston placed 8th and Tucker...  Learn More

Water Rats Ice the Competition at Winter Classic

Nearly 90 members of the Westport Weston Family Y Water Rat Swim Team’s 10 & Under squad traveled to The Canterbury School in New Milford, CT., on Dec. 8 to take part in the annual Regional YMCA of Western CT 10 & Under Winter Classic.

Competing against eight other swim teams, our young Water Rats came home with the Girls, Boys and Team Combined Trophies!

The Water Rat 10/U Boys scored 952.5 points, overwhelming 2nd place Regional YMCA of Western CT, 325, and 3rd place Ridgefield Aquatic Club, 323. The girls scored 785.5 points; nearly 120...  Learn More

Water Rats Raise $41,000 for Philippines Relief

About 150 members of the Westport Weston Family Y Water Rat Swim Team raised more than $41,000 in the Swim for the Philippines on Wednesday, Nov. 27, a five-hour event to benefit Save the Children’s Typhoon Haiyan relief fund.

Swimmers 9 and over pushed themselves to see how many laps they could swim in 60 minutes; younger swimmers swam for 30 minutes.

Top fundraisers included Justin Krakoff ($3,784); Annie Bowens ($3,530); Max Wimer ($3,275); Emmet Adams ($2,155); and Ethan Gross ($2,154). The most laps completed by any individual was 232 laps by Jonathan Blansfield, followed by Daniel...  Learn More

Water Rats’ Blansfield to Swim at Northwestern

Jonathan Blansfield, a standout member of the Family Y’s Water Rat Swim Team, signed a National Letter of Intent (NLI) with Northwestern University on Friday, November 15. Blansfield is one of three graduating Staples High School students, all swimmers, who have accepted NLI invitations to Division I programs for the fall of 2014. The others are Verity Abel, who will be attending Duke University, and Ian Rainey, who will be going to the University of Michigan. The NLI is a binding agreement between a prospective student-athlete and NLI member institution in which a student agrees to attend the institution full-time...  Learn More

Local Vets Saluted at Annual Luncheon

They served their country in war zones and outposts the world over -- from Korea to Kandahar, from Australia to the Aleutians, from France to Saigon. Some are hardly in their 20s, other are nearing 90.

Our nation’s military veterans all share a deep, abiding bond. As Rabbi Jeremy Wiederhorn said in his invocation at the Westport Weston Family Y’s annual Veterans Luncheon, held Friday, November 1, “Some might have stood by. You stood up -- and for that we are indebted to you, we are humbled by you.”

Ed Van Gelder spoke of serving...  Learn More

Young Water Rats Kick Off Short Course Season

The Family Y Water Rat Swim Team kicked off its 2013-14 Short Course season in fine form at two meets for 12 & Under swimmers held the weekend of Oct. 12-13. On Saturday, Oct. 12, more than 80 Water Rats in the 9-12 Age Group traveled to the New Canaan YMCA to compete in the IM Tough Pentathlon. In a Pentathlon meet, each swimmer swims a 50-yard race of four different strokes – Breast, Fly, Free and Back – as well as a 100-yard Individual Medley (IM) in which they swim a 25-yard lap with each stroke.

Competing against...  Learn More

Water Rat Tryouts Attract 120 Hopeful Young Swimmers

More than 120 children tried out for the Westport Weston Family Y’s Water Rat Swim Team on Tuesday, Sept. 3.

“It’s amazing that we had so many eager young swimmers at our tryouts,” said Adrienne Williams, co-president of the Water Rat Parents Club, who with several other Water Rat volunteer leaders spent a very hectic afternoon registering team hopefuls.

“Even better, among these new kids were 76 8 & Unders; 32 9&10 kids; and a dozen 11&12 swimmers. This means the future of our team is very bright as we head into our new pool at our...  Learn More