GREENWICH, Conn. -- YMCA's Greenwich Aquatic Water Polo Team is sending 17 members to participate on the USA National Water Polo Selection Training Teams.
The National Training Teams are a highly competitive pipeline that is part of the national Olympic Water Polo Team selection process, according to a press release. Greenwich Aquatics had more athletes named to these National Training squads than any other club outside California.
“We were hopeful of a good result since our club in the No. 1 ranked club in the Northeast Zone, but to have 17 of our athletes be further selected for National Team Training is unbelievable,” said Ulmis Iordache, who is the Greenwich Aquatics Head Coach for the YMCA. “These players have worked very hard and they all have very bright futures in water polo."
Out of the 17 players selected, seven athletes made All-Tournament Teams for their age groups. Daetwiller and Hodzic was selected as their age-group MVP and Bradley as the Goalie MVP, according to the release. “This result says a lot about the quality of our program and the resurgence of Eastern water polo on the national scene. We are proud of all of our athletes and dedicated coaching staff,” said Bill Smith, President of Greenwich Aquatics and Secretary of USA Water Polo.
The following are the Greenwich Aquatics athletes honored:
- Lizzy Bradley, 8th Grade Girls Team
- Will Collier, 9th/10th Grade Boys Team
- Nick Daetwiler, 8th Grade Boys Team
- Simon Derby, 8th Grade Boys Team
- Ally Furano, 9th/10th Grade Girls Team
- Paige Furano, 8th Grade Girls Team
- Larissa Hodzic, 8th Grade Girls Team
- Lily Holl, 8th Grade Girls Team
- Clyde Huibrigetse,9th/10th Grade Boys Team
- Jack Kerwin, 11th/12th Grade Boys Team
- Julia Merrill,8th Grade Girls Team
- Charlie Owens, 11th/12th Grade Boys Team
- Charlie Pang,9th/10th Grade Boys Team
- Anne Robinson, 8th Grade Girls Team
- Thacher Scannell, 8th Grade Boys Team
- Rachel Sodokoff, 9th/10th Grade Girls Team
- Borden Wahl, 8th Grade Girls Team
YMCA's Greenwich Aquatics Water Polo Team sent 38 athletes to Texas and Utah at the end of March to compete for several Northeast Zone Teams at the USA Water Polo National Team Selection Camp.
The Championship included the top 600-plus players from every state across the country outside of California. All athletes were vying for spots on USA Water Polo National Teams. About 10 percent of the athletes from around the country were selected for the National Training Camps.