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Water Rat parents join a group portrait of what was a tremendous team effort.

Water Rat Swimmers Present BIG Check to Save the Children’s Nepal Relief Efforts

A group of Water Rat families and YMCA coaches and staff visited Save the Children’s headquarters in Fairfield on Thursday, June 25, to present a check for more than $42,000, raised through the “Swim for Nepal” fundraiser on May 27 organized by the Water Rat Swim Team and Staples High School swim teams. Accepting the […] [Read More]
Janelle Atkinson-Wignall, new assistant coach for the Water Rat Swim Team.

Two-time Olympian Janelle Atkinson-Wignall Joins Water Rat Swim Team Coaching Staff

The Aquatics Department of the Westport Weston Family YMCA is pleased to announce that Janelle Atkinson-Wignall has joined the Water Rat Swim Team as an assistant coach.  Janelle will be working with the team on a seasonal basis. Janelle is currently the Head Coach of the Fairfield University Men’s Swimming and Diving Team. She is […] [Read More]
Swimmers Scott Adler, Mark Schachter and Aileen Coyne with Gary Shaye, senior director of Save the Children.

Water Rats and Staples Teams Raise More than $38,000 Swimming for Nepal

The Westport Weston Family YMCA Water Rat Swim Team and the boys and girls swim teams of Staples High School raised more than $38,000 (and counting) with “Swim for Nepal,” a five-hour event held Wednesday, May 27 at the YMCA’s Bedford Family Center to benefit Save the Children’s relief efforts in Nepal. More than 175 […] [Read More]
Swim for Nepal logo

Water Rat and Staples Swim Teams to Hold Swim for Nepal Fundraiser, May 27

On Wednesday, May 27, the Water Rat Swim Team and the Staples Girls and Staples Boys Swim Teams will gather at the Westport Weston Family YMCA for Swim for Nepal, a five-hour event to raise money for Save the Children’s Nepal relief efforts. Less than three weeks after a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the […] [Read More]
Water Rat swimmers Ayaan and Annam Olasewere.

The Y Story of Annam and Ayaan Olasewere? Priceless…

Midge’s Membership Blog: To put a twist on the classic ad slogan, “There are some things money can buy. For everything else, there’s the Y…” Meet Annam and Ayaan Olasewere, 7-year-old twins who came to the Westport Weston Family YMCA by way of two other Ys near and far, with a heritage that goes back […] [Read More]
New Water Rat Coach Robert Urban.

Family YMCA Water Rat Swim Team Announces Addition of Robert Urban to Coaching Staff

The Westport Weston Family YMCA’s Water Rat Swim Team is pleased to welcome Robert Urban to its coaching staff. He will be assisting with the Age Group program. A Trumbull native, Robert is currently enrolled at Southern Connecticut State University, where he expects to graduate in 2016 with a degree in accounting. Since 2011, Robert […] [Read More]
The Water Rat Men's 2015 Y Nat team on the podium in Greensboro.

Water Rat Men Place 2nd at 2015 YMCA Short Course National Championships

Attending a prestigious national meet is a goal to which many swimmers aspire. For 11 Water Rat swimmers — 8 young men and 3 young women — the opportunity came last week at the 2015 YMCA Short Course National Championships. Held in Greensboro, N.C., March 30-April 3, the meet gave these swimmers the opportunity to […] [Read More]
Water Rat Head Coach Ellen Johnston, the National YMCA Coach of the Year.

Water Rat Head Coach Ellen Johnston Named National YMCA Coach of the Year

Ellen Johnston, head coach of the Westport Weston Family YMCA Water Rat Swim Team, was selected on April 2 as the National YMCA Coach of the Year. The award, which is given at the YMCA Short Course National Swimming Championship, was announced during finals at the Greensboro Aquatic Complex in North Carolina. Going into Thursday’s […] [Read More]