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Weston Swimmers Help Wilton Wahoos Win State Title

Wilton Wahoo swimmers Ky-lee Perry, Samantha Cheruk, Emma Holmquist and Emma Kauffeld finished third in the 200 free relay.
Wilton Wahoo swimmers Ky-lee Perry, Samantha Cheruk, Emma Holmquist and Emma Kauffeld finished third in the 200 free relay. Photo Credit: Contributed

WESTON, Conn. -- Swimmers from Weston helped the Wilton Y Wahoos win the Connecticut Senior Open swim championship in a meet last weekend at Wesleyan University in Middletown.

The Wahoos took top honors in the men's, women's and combined team categories, with a total of 1,525 points.

Over the four-day meet, many records were broken and numerous cut times were achieved. Max Dolan, of Southbury, was the male high point winner and Ian Rainey, of Westport, was the male distance high point winner.

The women's 800-yard freestyle relay broke the State Record with a time of 7:36.13. The members of that relay were Verity Abel (Westport), Emma Holmquist (Wilton), Samantha Cheruk (Stamford) and Ky-lee Perry (Norwalk). The previous record of 7:36.50 was set in 1997.

In total, nine swimmers from Weston competed in this meet as members of the Wilton Y Wahoos. In the women's division, those with finishes in the top 27 included Kiersten Daly placing 11th in the 400-yard IM, 21st in the 500-yard freestyle, 22nd in the 1650-yard freestyle, 24th in the 200-yard backstroke and 26th in the 200-yard IM and Brenna Nimkoff finishing 19th in the 1650-yard freestyle and 23rd in the 1000-yard freestyle.  Patty Kohn and Samantha McStocker also participated in the meet.

In the men's division, Stefan Garbee placed 16th in the 200-yard IM; Hugo Sykes finished 16th in the 100-yard backstroke; and Ed Stolarski placed third in the 200-yard freestyle, fourth in the 200-yard backstroke, fifth in the 100-yard backstroke and 400-yard individual medley, ninth in the 200-yard IM and 16th in the 100-yard freestyle. Also participating in the meet were Daniel Solinsky and Sam Stewart.

Stolarski achieved new YMCA National cuts in the 400-yard IM, 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard freestyle, and Hugo Sykes got additional cuts in the 200-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke.

Also for the Wahoos, the men's 800-yard freestyle relay also set a new state record with a time of 6:55.17, breaking the record set in 1975 of 6:57.49. Members of that relay were Stephen Holmquist (Wilton), Ed Stolarski (Weston), Max Dolan and Ian Rainey.

In addition, two Wahoo team records were broken. Verity Abel, of Westport, broke the 400-yard IM record with a time of 4:18.34. Janel Jorgensen, a 1988 Olympian, set the previous record of 4:18.79. Max Dolan set a new record of 49.72 in the 100-yard butterfly, breaking the old record of 49.83 set in 1994.

Stephen Holmquist, of Wilton, set a new Wesleyan pool record in the 400-yard IM with a time of 3:54.75, breaking the old record of 3:57.19.

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