They met recently in a North East Zone Junior Olympic Qualifier tournament at Chelsea Piers in Stamford – and they conquered. The YMCA of Greenwich’s Water Polo teams dominated the competition by securing eight spots at the National Junior Olympics to play out July 26 – Aug. 3, in Palo Alto, CA.
Out of the six age-groups, the Greenwich YMCA teams secured the #1 spot in four age-groups (12U Girls, 12U Boys, 14U Girls, 16U Boys). Overall, the YMCA Greenwich Aquatic team went 19-3. “The most exciting part of the tournament was when our two 12U Boys teams and two 16U Boys teams beat all their competition securing the 1st and 2nd spots at the National Junior Olympics,” said head coach Ulmis Iordache. “To not only have the best team in the Northeast but also have the 2nd best team in the same age-group, shows how strong and dedicated our athletes are.”
The YMCA’s 14U girls and 16U girls continued their winning streak as well and secured the top spots at the Junior Olympics.
Kim Tierney Wang, YMCA Water Polo Director said: “I am really proud of all our players, they did an amazing job. The competition this weekend was tough, but our players persevered by securing all eight teams in the top Championship bracket of the National Junior Olympics – something that no other Northeast team did. Our program is continuing to draw national attention. There were quite a few coaches from top water polo colleges there watching our players.”