Pisces excel at Yankee League Championships
A record number of Trumbull Pisces swimmers advanced to the Yankee League Championship meet. Swimmers had to be in the top 12 of their individual events to qualify for the finals.
Swimmers ages 9 and over qualifying for finals were Claire Kehley, Jacqueline Dale, Rohit Gunda, Frances Pedersen, Soumya Ganti, Lauren Hough, Dylan Leigland, Benjamin Taubl, Ryan Johnson, Katie Merkle, Rudy Kurup, Chiaki Santiago and Sofia Paolella.
Also, Emma Dubreil, Zander Faccio, Regan Ryan, Laura Velez, Neha Rahalkar, Bowen Redgate, Ashleigh Piro, Karina Walsh, Harshpreet Singh, Delaney Walsh, Taylor Needleman, Luke Montanaro, Elizabeth Stozel, Nicholas Paolella, Anushka Gangwar, Karissa Delli Carpini, Noelle Pedersen, Supriya Ganti, Brenna Asaro, Blake Asaro, Julia Nevins, Alex Jozwa, Shreya Modi, Mansi Kabre and Victoria Batchelor.
Not only were these swimmers in the top 12 of their events, many clocked best times.
Ashley Piro and Harshpreet Singh placed first in the 11-12 year old 200 yard freestyle, while Delaney Walsh placed first in the 13-14 year old event.
Bowen Redgate was first in the 13-14 year old 100 backstoke, Noelle Pedersen was first in the 13-14 year old 200 individual medley, Supriya Ganti was first in the 9-10 year old 50 breaststroke and Delaney Walsh was first in the 13-14 year old breaststroke.
In the 8 and under category many swimmers qualified including Norah Hampford, Ashley O’Connor, Anish Kurup, Hope Ivanovich, Robert Barnett, Kristin Racicot, Julia Masiuk, Keira Redgate, Loralai Dale, Lucas Taormina and Audrey Kehley.
Hampford placed first in the 25 yard freestyle and the 25 yard butterfly, while Kristin Racicot earned first in the 25 yard breaststroke.
Head coach Bill Strickland said, “This is the Pisces second year competing in the Yankee League and we couldn’t be more pleased with our results.
“Not only did a record number of our swimmers qualify to attend, but many had top three finishes.”
The Yankee League is made up of 11 teams across Connecticut.
Trumbull Pisces was fourth overall, first in the 8U girls, 11-12 girls and 13-14 girls.
“Competing in the Yankee League gives our swimmers a chance to compete in smaller dual meets with our entire team,” Strickland said “These meets give our swimmers the opportunity to be together in one place and we are grateful to Mary Markham and the recreation department to have been able to host a number of meets this past season giving us the opportunity to have concessions and provide additional fundraising.”
In addition, Pisces swimmers sent 12 swimmers to the Connecticut State Age Group Championship.
“These qualifying times are much more stringent and we are proud our team again was well represented at the state level,” Strickland said.
Those qualifying were Alex Jozwa, Dylan Leigland, Ben Taubl, Ryan Johnson, Jackie Dale, Supriya Ganti, Soumya Ganti, Frances Pedersen, Noelle Pedersen, Ashleigh Piro, Regan Ryan and Delaney Walsh.
“This team has overcome so many challenges during the last few years,” said Stu Needleman, outgoing president. “It is a testament to the swimmers, families, board members and coaching staff that we persevered through rough waters and I am pleased to pass the torch to Michael Redgate.”
Needleman will stay on the board for one year. Redgate has been a member of the Trumbull Rotary for 20 years and is past president and also served on the Lakewood Trumbull YMCA Board for 10 years.
“The newly elected Pisces Board has been placed in a position for continued success and we are excited for the opportunity to support our swimmers in the long course season,” Redgate said.
Trumbull Pisces is a non-profit organization for children ages 6-18 who live in the town of Trumbull.
Pisces offers comprehensive swimming opportunities from the developing swimmer to the advanced competitive swimmer.