The New Canaan YMCA announced that 19 athletes from its three aquatics teams will continue their education and athletics at the collegiate level. These recent graduates include athletes from the Caimans Swim Team, Aquianas Synchronized Swimming Team and the Whirlwind Diving Team.

"We feel so proud as an organization to have played a role in the development of these young adults," Craig Panzano, executive director at the New Canaan YMCA, said. "We have watched them grow and excel not only in the pool, but in other aspects of their lives as well and are confident that they will be successful in this exciting next chapter of their lives."

Athletes include, from the Caimans Swim Team: Jack Forese - Duke University; Patricia Kilbride - Washington University in St. Louis; Olivia Kroll - Iona College; Gabe Lane - Whitier College; Jason Potter - Gettysburg College; Karl Reinhardt - Bowdoin College; Tory Rusch -- Bowdoin College (playing softball); Samantha Salvo - Villanova University (playing water polo); Caitlin Shea - College of Wooster; Allie Skaperdas - Bates College; Patrick Sweeney - Gettysburg College; Liz Watson - University of Michigan; Caroline Winslow - St. Lawrence University. Aquianas Synchronzied Swimming Team: Alison Commender - College of William and Mary. Whirlwind Diving Team: Lauren Kahan - Georgetown University; Adrianna Baker - Middlebury College; Zach Slater - Penn State University; Amanda Molinelli - Brown University.

Founded in 1954 by a group of community volunteers, the New Canaan YMCA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to enrich all people in spirit, mind, and body. As an inclusive community-service organization, the YMCA turns away no one for reasons of race, religion, or economic background, and last year awarded nearly $340,000 in direct financial assistance. Serving the communities of New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, and Darien, the YMCA also strives to partner with a variety of outside organizations to further its role as a community-service provider.

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