YMCA of Greenwich H20 Polo Sending 10 Teams to Junior Olympics

Greenwich Aquatics Girls Water Polo Team

Greenwich Aquatics Girls Water Polo Team. Contributed photo

The YMCA of Greenwich Water Polo is sending 10 teams to the Junior Olympics this summer after a strong showing at the NEZ (Northeast Zone) Qualifier in Reading, PA. 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 #1 NEZ seed 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 & 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 1 water polo schools recruiting primarily from California, it is very exciting to know that college coaches have their eyes open to the Greenwich players!”

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

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

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.

To learn more about the YMCA of Greenwich, membership and its numerous wellness programs, visit: www.greenwichymca.org.


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