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YMCA of Greenwich Water Polo Players Receive Recognition


Join us in honoring three groups of Water Polo players! These athletes are an inspiration both in an out of the water and are examples of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. We couldn’t be prouder of our fine group of athletes.

The USA Water Polo Academic All American program was established to recognize the top high school scholar-athletes in the nation. The requirements to achieve Academic All American include having a 3.6 grade point average or greater, completed the 10th, 11th or 12th grade, and have had to participate in a nationally sponsored water polo tournament, such as Junior Olympics. Honored as Academic All Americans for the 2012-2013 academic year were:

  • James Baker
  • Blake Hallisey
  • Hollis Jomo
  • Jack Kerwin
  • Matthew Otsuka
  • Sander Profaci
  • Emma Soderquist
  • Alex Zim

Additionally, all these players were further recognized for “outstanding achievement” since they had a 4.0 or greater GPA. A pretty amazing accomplishment!

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate three (3) of our players that were selected as All-American players for their exemplary performance at the National Junior Olympics this past summer in Orange County, California. Honored as All Americans were:

  • Julia Merrill – Selected as All-American for the 12U Girls age-group. Julia was our top utility player who helped her JO team nab seventh place out of twenty-four (24) teams. Julia was a leader both in and out of the water.
  • Kayla Barone – Selected as All-American for the 12U Girls age-group. Kayla joined our team from Kingfish and was able to mesh with our team right away. Kalya was the lead scored for the team that received seventh place out of twenty-four (24) teams.
  • Ally Furano – Selected as All-American for the 14U Girls age-group. Ally was a standout all-around player who helped her JO team reach eleventh place out of forty-eight (48) teams.

Thomas Dunstan was selected for the USA Youth National Water Polo Team. Fifteen year old, left-hander, Dunstan was one of only 13 players selected for the National Team and traveled to Argentina at the end of August to represent the United States at the 2013 UANA Championships. The team beat Canada twice, Uruguay, Argentina, Trinidad and Peru before taking home the Silver after a 9-8 loss to Brazil in the finals. Thomas was a starter on the team. We should all be keeping an eye out on Thomas as he should be making big waves at the national level.

The YMCA of Greenwich was founded more than 96 years ago in 1916.  Today, it is the largest community-based organization in Greenwich with more than 5,000 members dedicated to healthy living, youth development and social responsibility through athletics and life-long learning programs in order to nurture the potential of all in our community. To learn more about the YMCA of Greenwich, membership and its numerous wellness programs, visit: