April 27 2014 dinner web

Highlights: Water Rat Recognition Night, Apr. 25

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The Water Rat Parents Club and Y Swim Coaches hosted the annual WRAT Recognition Night at Bedford Middle School on Friday, Apr. 25. “This is by far my favorite team event,” said longtime Head Coach Ellen Johnston. “Recognition Night is the one event each year that brings together the entire Water Rat family to celebrate […] [Read More]
Water Rats at 2014 Y Nats web

Water Rats Raise Game at Y National Championship

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For 11 young Water Rat swimmers, the opportunity to compete in a national championship is the reward for untold hours of training, followed by stellar performances in high-pressure qualifying meets. It’s a test of skill and determination, against hundreds of other top-ranked swimmers from across the country. It’s a chance to make your teammates, family […] [Read More]
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Water Rats Compete in Elite Post-Season Meets

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Two groups of Water Rat swimmers from the Westport Weston Family Y are competing in elite post-season championship meets. On Sunday, 11 Water Rats, accompanied by Head Coach Ellen Johnston and Assistant Coach Frisk Driscoll, will travel to Greensboro, N.C., to compete in the 2014 YMCA Short Course National Championship. The Water Rats who have […] [Read More]
A Staples High School swim meet in the Y's Brophy Pool.

Matt Johnson: A Builder of the Y, and the Communities We Serve

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Over the past 90 years, the Westport Weston Family Y has served our community in ever-evolving ways. When the Bedford Building first opened in 1923, the “Westport YMCA” featured two grand Men’s Social Rooms on the first floor and a separate entrance on Main Street that led to a small Ladies’ Social Room tucked upstairs. […] [Read More]
relay team with Kristen

Y Water Rats Shatter Short Course Records

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Nearly 50 Water Rat swimmers from the Westport Weston Family Y traveled to championship meets in Connecticut and Massachusetts this past weekend, shattering long-held records along the way. Forty Water Rats joined nearly 800 other swimmers, ages 9 to 18, from throughout the state of Connecticut at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, for the 2014 […] [Read More]
Water Rat standout Bryce Keblish.

Y Water Rats Keblish and Blansfield to Compete in Arena Grand Prix Swim Meet in Orlando

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Water Rat Senior swimmers Bryce Keblish and Jonathan Blansfield departed on Wednesday with Head Coach Ellen Johnston to compete in USA Swimming’s Arena Grand Prix Series at the YMCA Aquatic Center in Orlando. This is the 3rd of 6 national-level competitions in the series. Bryce, a junior at Fairfield Prep, will be swimming the 50, […] [Read More]
Sophia Miller claims new Water Rat team record.

Y Swim Meet Highlights: Miller Sets New Water Rat Team Record

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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 […] [Read More]
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Y Water Rat Pentathlon Swim Meet Highlights

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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 […] [Read More]
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Water Rats Ice the Competition at Annual Winter Classic

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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 […] [Read More]
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Water Rats Boost Philippines Relief Funds to $41,000

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The Westport Weston Family Y Water Rat Swim Team raised more than $41,000 in the “Swim for the Philippines,” a five-hour event held on Wednesday, Nov. 27, to benefit Save the Children’s Typhoon Haiyan relief fund. Family Y officials presented the proceeds to Save the Children on Dec. 3, the second annual Giving Tuesday. More […] [Read More]