Greenwich YMCA sends 12 to USA Water Polo training teams

The YMCA of Greenwich had 12 water polo players to the USA National Water Polo Selection Training Teams. In the front row from left is Quinn Scanell, Ally Furano, Meredith Karle, Julia Merrill, Borden Wahl and Thacher Scannell. In the back row is Thomas Dunstan, Charlie Owens and Simon Derby. Missing from the photo is Hollis Jomo, Daniela Screnci and Emma Soderquist.

The YMCA of Greenwich had 12 water polo players to the USA National Water Polo Selection Training Teams. In the front row from left is Quinn Scanell, Ally Furano, Meredith Karle, Julia Merrill, Borden Wahl and Thacher Scannell. In the back row is Thomas Dunstan, Charlie Owens and Simon Derby. Missing from the photo is Hollis Jomo, Daniela Screnci and Emma Soderquist.

USA National Water Polo has announced that 12 athletes from the YMCA of Greenwich Aquatics water polo team  have been selected to training teams.

Greenwich Aquatics had more athletes named to the national training squads than any other club.

Simon Derby and Thacher Scannell were named to the eighth grade boys team, while Ally Furano, Meredith Karle, Julia Merrill, Quinn Scannell and Borden Wahl were named to the eighth grade girls team.

In the ninth and 10th grade boys team, Thomas Dunstan and Charlie Owens were invited to train, while Hollis Jomo, Daniela Screnci and Emma Soderquist were named to the girls 11th and 12th grade team.

Last weekend, 38 athletes from the YMCA of Greenwich Aquatics Water Polo team traveled throughout the country to compete for several Northeast Zone Teams at the USA Water Polo National Team Selection Camp. The boys traveled to Nevada, while the girls were in Ohio last weekend.

The championship included over 600 players from every state across the country outside of California. All athletes were vying for spots on various USA water polo national teams. Only about 10% of the athletes from around the country got selected for the national training camps.

“We were hopeful of a good results since our club, with 38 athletes attending, had more athletes qualifying for various Northeast Zone teams than anyone else, but to have 12 of our athletes be further selected for National Team Training is unbelievable,” YMCA of Greenwich head coach Ulmis Iordache said. “Most of these players have been playing year-round for the last five years, some even longer, and the hard work has paid off.”

Out of the 12 YMCA of Greenwich athletes selected, Derby, Dunstan, Karle, Screnci and Wahl made All-Tournament teams for their various age groups.

“This result says a lot about the quality of our program and the resurgence of Eastern water polo on the national scene,” said Bill Smith, President of Greenwich Aquatics and Secretary of USA Water Polo.

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