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Westport Swimmers Help Wahoos Win States

Several Westport kids helped the Wilton Y Wahoos clinch their 25th consecutive Connecticut YMCA State Swimming Championship title. The Wilton Y Wahoos have won the YMCA state championship title every year since 1987. The team this year scored an impressive 4,837 points overall in the meet earlier this month. Greenwich YWCA was second with 2,643 overall team points.

Westport's Verity Abel took home the gold in five individual events, including the 200 IM, 500 free, 200 free, 100 fly and 400 IM. She was second in the 200 fly in the 13-14 age group.

In the 9-10 age group, 10-year-old Marisa Patel of Westport was second in the 100 breaststroke, fifth in the 100 IM and eighth in the 50 fly. Willow Woods was second in the 50 breast, third in the 100 free and eighth in the 50 freestyle, while teammate Josiah Tarrant was second in the 100 fly, eighth in the 100 back and ninth in the 100 freestyle. Kate Griffin was also impressive, swimming 100 IM, 50 fly and 50 back.

In the 11-12 age group, Mira Patel was second in the 100 breaststroke, and 12th in the 200 IM and the 100 fly. Harrison Knapp placed second in the 100 back and touched fifth in the 200 free and the 100 breast. Halle Dantes rose to the championship occasion, posting best times in each of her events: the 200 IM, the 100 butterfly and the 50 breast.

North Woods, swimming in the 13-14 age group, was third in the 100 breast and fourth in the 200 breast, while 13-year-old Simon Ginsberg of Westport swam fast for the Wahoos as well, slashing his personal bests in the 200 free, 200 breast and 50 freestyle events. Gabrielle LeBlanc and Patricia Maragos of Westport also put in strong performances as part of the title-winning effort.

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