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Water Rats Ice the Competition at Annual 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 points more than 2nd place Ridgefield Aquatic Club. The combined team score was 1,738 for the Water Rats, vs. RAC’s 1,091 points and RYWC’s 548 total.

It was certainly a team win, with many young Water Rats’ contributing, along with some notable personal achievements:

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• Triple winner: Sophia Miller, 8/U 25-yard Freestyle, Butterfly and Backstroke
• Double winner: Riley Twiss, 8/U 25 Butterfly and Backstroke; 2nd in the 25 Freestyle
• First place winners:
Jude Dequeljoe, 8/U 25 Free; 3rd place in the 25 Backstroke and Butterfly
Finn Johnston, 10/U 50 Breaststroke; 2nd in the 100IM, 3rd in the 50 Backstroke
Caroline Lau, 10/U 100 Breaststroke, 3rd 50 Freestyle
Sarah Lau, 8/U 25 Breaststroke
Justin Lessing, 10/U 50 Freestyle; 2nd in the 50 Butterfly, 3rd in the 25IM
Sean Rogers, 10/U 100 Backstroke; 2nd in the 100 Breaststroke

The following Water Rats claimed a Top Three finish at the Winter Classic:
Emmett Adams, 10/U 3rd 50 Butterfly, 100 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke
Tucker Ballou, 10/U 2nd 50 Backstroke, 100 Butterfly
Quinn Cunningham, 10/U 2nd 100 Backstroke, 100 Butterfly
Nathaniel Duffy, 10/U 3rd 100 Backstroke
Ethan Klein, 10/U 2nd 50 Breaststroke
Parker Lenoce, 8/U 2nd 25 Backstroke, 3rd 25 Freestyle
Sophie Lynch, 10/U 3rd 100 Breaststroke
Campbell Rosow, 8U 2nd 25 Butterfly, 3rd 25 Breaststroke, 25 Butterfly

Relay Winners:
Girls 100 Freestyle Relay: Caroline Lau, Kate Backus, Sophia Mechanic, Quinn Cunningham
Boys 100 Free Relay: Emmett Adams, Tucker Ballou, Sean Rogers, Justin Lessing
Boys 100 Medley Relay: Tucker Ballou, Emmett Adams, Sean Rogers, Justin Lessing

2nd place:
Girls 100 Medley Relay: Klara Eriksson, Caroline Lau, Sophia Mechanic, Quinn Cunningham
Boys 100 Free Relay: Maddux Little, Parker Lenoce, Riley Twiss, Jude Dequeljoe

3rd place:
Boys 100 Free Relay: Finn johnston, Colin Daines, nathaniel Duffy, Matt Shlomchik
Boys 100 Medley Relay: Parker Lenoce, Maddux Little, Riley Twiss, Jude Dequeljoe

The older Water Rat swimmers have been just as busy during the fast-paced Short Course season. The weekend of Dec. 6-8, a group of Senior swimmers traveled to Nashville for the Music City Invitational. And this past weekend Water Rats split their competitive schedules, with a “Swim for Our Troops” meet at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, for the Senior I and II swimmers and the Holiday Invitational at the Nassau Aquatics for the SAG, TAG and JAG swimmers. (Highlights from these meets will be compiled as soon as our busy coaches come up for air!)

On Saturday, Dec. 21, the Water Rats will stay close to home as they take part in the Red vs. Blue Intrasquad Meet (see the gallery below for photos from last year’s meet).