Stamford Swimmers Help Wilton Wahoos Capture State Crown

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Stamford's Samantha Cheruk of the Wilton Wahoos joins teammates Ky-lee Perry, Emma Holmquist and Emma Kauffeld after finishing third in the 200 yard relay.
Stamford's Samantha Cheruk of the Wilton Wahoos joins teammates Ky-lee Perry, Emma Holmquist and Emma Kauffeld after finishing third in the 200 yard relay. Photo Credit: Contributed

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Swimmers from Stamford 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.

Samantha Cheruk also competed in the 100-yard freestyle where she placed third, 200-yard IM where she finished sixth and the 200-yard freestyle where she placed 10th. Noah Cheruk also competed in the meet.

Also for Wilton, the men's 800-yard freestyle relay also set a new state record with a time of 6:55.17, breaking 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 IM record with a time of 4:18.34. Janel Jorgensen, a 1988 Olympian, set the previous record of 4:18.79, in 1997. 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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