YMCA of Greenwich water polo sending 10 teams to Junior Olympics


Greenwich Aquatics player, Larissa Hodzic (with ball) competes in a match at the NEZ qualifier. (photo courtesy of YMCA of Greenwich)

Greenwich Aquatics player, Larissa Hodzic (with ball) competes in a match at the NEZ qualifier. (photo courtesy of YMCA of Greenwich)

The YMCA of Greenwich water polo team is sending 10 teams to the Junior Olympics this summer after a strong showing at the Northeast Zone Qualifier in Reading, Pa.

Members of the YMCA of Greenwich girls water polo team pose for a team photo during the Northeast Zone qualifier. (photo courtesy of YMCA of Greenwich)

Members of the YMCA of Greenwich girls water polo team pose for a team photo during the Northeast Zone qualifier. (photo courtesy of YMCA of Greenwich)

Over 120 athletes will compete on the 10 qualifying teams, which is more than any other club from the east coast has ever sent to the prestigious national tournament.

The YMCA Greenwich Aquatics secured the No. 1 seed in the NEZ in six out of eight age groups at the qualifier, where matches were played in front of representatives from some of the most esteemed collegiate water polo programs.

Coaches from Brown, Harvard, Princeton, George Washington, Naval Academy, Washington & Jefferson, Utica, Villanova and Mercyhurst were on all in attendance scouting the players.

“These coaches specifically came to the qualifier to watch the Greenwich Aquatics players,” said Senior Manager of Water Polo Operations Kim Wang. “With many of them Division I water polo schools recruiting primarily from California, it is very exciting to know that college coaches have their eyes open to the Greenwich players.”

For more information on the YMCA’s water polo program, visit Greenwichaquatics.com.

Founded more than 99 years ago in 1916, the YMCA is the largest community-based membership organization in Greenwich.  Part of a well-known YMCA national network, the Greenwich Y has 5400 members.  Its programs in healthy living and youth development seek to serve and to nurture the potential of everyone in our community, whether or not they have the ability to pay for its programs.

About Author: Paul Silverfarb

Paul Silverfarb, editor at the Sentinel, has been covering events in town for nearly a decade. Mr. Silverfarb is quite familiar with Fairfield County, as he grew up in Trumbull, currently resides in Fairfield and worked as sports editor of the Sentinel, Greenwich Post and Norwalk Citizen~News combined for nearly two decades. He graduated from Keene State College in New Hampshire. To get in touch with Paul, email editor@greenwichsentinel.com.

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