The YMCA Greenwich Aquatics Water Polo Team has placed ten athletes on USA Water Polo National Teams. They are the top athletes in the country, selected from the thousands of athletes who tried out.
The tryout had four stages. In December, players were named to one of two Eastern Zone teams (Maine to Virginia) and traveled to North Carolina for the Regional Championships. The top 15 athletes were selected for the official Eastern Zone team which competed in the National Championships in California in March. There, the top 60-75 were invited to the National Team Selection Camp in California held in the late spring.
After a three day tryout, the top 20 athletes were selected to the national team and the next 20-40 athletes to the B team.
This is the most water polo players Greenwich Aquatics has ever had on the various national teams. These players will have additional training in California before the summer USA tournaments are announced. From there, some rosters will head to Barcelona and Budapest.
The YMCA looks forward to their success on the National Team.
Greenwich Aquatics players who qualified (pictured): Kaila Carroll – USA Youth National Team (17-year-old at Greenwich High School); Regan Coon – USA Cadet National B Team (14-year-old from Manhattan, missing in picture); Ryan Miele – USA Development National Team (14-year-old at Brunswick); JP Ohl– USA Youth National B Team (16-year-old at Brunswick); Ryan Ohl – USA Development National Team (14-year-old at Greenwich Country Day); Vilas Sogaard-Srikrishnan – USA Cadet National B Team (15-year-old at Brunswick); Lauren Steele – USA Development National Team (13-year-old at Eastern Middle School); Elektra Urbatsch – USA Development National Team (14-year-old from Brooklyn); Gavin West – USA Youth National B Team (16-year-old at Brunswick); Kayla Yelensky – USA Youth National Team (17 year-old at Greenwich Academy).