Norwalk Swimmers Help Wahoos Win State Swim Title

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Norwalk's  Ky-lee Perry joins Wilton Wahoo teammates Samantha Cheruk, Emma Holmquist and Emma Kauffeld.  The unit finished third in the 200 free relay.
Norwalk's Ky-lee Perry joins Wilton Wahoo teammates Samantha Cheruk, Emma Holmquist and Emma Kauffeld. The unit finished third in the 200 free relay. Photo Credit: Contributed

NORWALK, Conn. -- Swimmers from Norwalk 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.

All three Norwalk swimmers representing the Wilton Y Wahoos had impressive meets. Perry finished first in the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle, fifth in the 200-yard freestyle, 10th in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstoke and 19th in the 100-yard butterfly. Dakota Meyer finished 17th in the 100-yard breaststroke, 21st in the 400-yard IM and 25th in the 200-yard IM. Dillon DiGuglielmo placed eighth in the 1650-yard freestyle, 10th in the 1000-yard freestyle, 12th in the 500-yard freestyle, 15th in the 400-yard IM, 16th in the 200-yard freestyle, 18th in the 200-yard breaststroke and 27th in the 200-yard backstroke.

Perry also achieved a time cut for the Winter Junior Nationals in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.23.

New YMCA National cuts were made by Dakota Meyer in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 400-yard IM and by Dillon DiGuglielmo in the 500-yard freestyle and the 200-yard breaststroke.

The Wahoos also broke the men's 800-yard freestyle relay state record with a time of 6:55.17, smashing 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 individual medley 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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