Greenwich YMCA Aquatics dominates USA Water Polo Selection Camp

Members of the YMCA's Greenwich Aquatics Water Polo team pose for a photo after being selected to train with the U.S. Water Polo Team. From left in the front row is Charlie Pang, Julia Merrill, Anne Robinson, Paige Furano, Lizzy Bradley and Thacher Scannell. In the back row is Rachel Sodokoff, Borden Wahl, Nick Daetwiler, Charlie Owens, Jack Kerwin, Simon Derby, Larissa Hodzic, Lily Holl, Ally Furano. Missing: Will Collier and Clyde Huibrigetse.

Members of the YMCA’s Greenwich Aquatics Water Polo team pose for a photo after being selected to train with the U.S. Water Polo Team. From left in the front row is Charlie Pang, Julia Merrill, Anne Robinson, Paige Furano, Lizzy Bradley and Thacher Scannell. In the back row is Rachel Sodokoff, Borden Wahl, Nick Daetwiler, Charlie Owens, Jack Kerwin, Simon Derby, Larissa Hodzic, Lily Holl, Ally Furano. Missing: Will Collier and Clyde Huibrigetse.

An unprecedented seventeen members of the YMCA’s Greenwich Aquatic Water Polo Team were recently selected to participate on the USA National Water Polo Selection Training Teams.

The National Training Teams are a highly competitive pipeline that is part of the national Olympic Water Polo Team selection process . Greenwich Aquatics had more athletes named to these National Training squads than any other club outside California.

Lizzy Bradley, Paige Furano, Larissa Hodzic, Anne Robinson, Julia Merrill, Lilly Holl and Borden Wahl were selected to the eighth grade girls team, while Thacher Scannell, Simon Derby and Nick Daetwiler were named to the eighth grade boys team.

When it comes to the ninth and 10th grade boys team, Will Collier, Clyde Huibrigetse and Charlie Pang were selected. The duo of Ally Furano and Rachel Sodokoff were selected to the ninth and 10th grade teams, while both Jack Kerwin and Charlie Owens will be with the 11th and 12th grade boys teams.

In total, 38 athletes from the YMCA’s Greenwich Aquatics Water Polo Team traveled to Texas (boys) and Utah (girls) at the end of March to compete for several Northeast Zone Teams at the USA Water Polo National Team Selection Camp.

This Championship included the top 600 players from every state across the country outside of California. All athletes were vying for spots on USA Water Polo National Teams. Only about 10% of the athletes from around the country were selected for the National Training Camps.

“We were hopeful of a good result since our club in the No. 1 ranked club in the Northeast Zone, but to have 17 of our athletes be further selected for National Team Training is unbelievable,” said Ulmis Iordache, Greenwich Aquatics head coach for the YMCA.  “These players have worked very hard and they all have very bright futures in water polo.”

Out of the 17 players selected, Bradley, Daetwiler, Derby, P Furano, Hodzic, Holl and Sodokoff made All-Tournament Teams for their age groups.  Moreover, Daetwiller and Hodzic were selected as their age-group MVP and Bradley as the goalie MVP.

The Greenwich Aquatics squad consisted of over 50% of players selected in the entire Northeast.

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

The athletes will be heading to Southern California May 23-25 to make it one step closer to the official Youth, Cadet and Developmental USA National Teams.

Star athlete Ally Furano who made the Developmental (8th grade and under) USA National Team last year remarked

“Even though I am only in 9th grade, my hope is to make the USA Cadet National Team and represent our country at the Cadet World Championships,” said Furano.

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