Chelsea Piers triathlon team Full Throttle winning the KIC Stamford triathlon (contributed photo)
Stamford, CT - Since opening in July 2012, Chelsea Piers Connecticut (CPCT) has established itself as one of the premier amateur sports and entertainment complexes in the United States. In two short years, CPCT has set a new standard in Fairfield County for competitive sports, coaching and events for children and adults, continuing to expand and adapt in order to meet the area’s demand for first-rate athletic facilities and fitness programming.
Chelsea Piers Connecticut began its second year with the announcement of a 65,000-square-foot expansion including a world-class 65,000-square-foot membership health and fitness facility and clubhouse, slated to open late Fall 2014. The new fitness facility and clubhouse is inspired by the company’s highly-rated sports club in New York, and the cutting-edge fitness programming will be unmatched in Fairfield County.
Chelsea Piers Connecticut’s competitive athletic programs have also continued to grow and add to their long lists of accomplishments, with a number of teams and individual athletes earning recognition for their achievements throughout the year:
The Chelsea Piers Athletic Club (CP-AC) swim team had an incredibly successful year with a number of individual swimmers setting state and National records. Beginning in February, the CP-AC Swim team broke the 30-year old State record and set a new one in the 200 freestyle relay. Following in March, CP-AC won the Connecticut Age Group Championship and Combined Team State Championship.
The Chelsea Piers Junior Tennis teams also had a phenomenal year with successes at every age level. At the district championships last August, the U8 teams finished 1st and 2nd place, the U10 advanced team came in 2nd place, the U12 teams came in 2nd and 3rd and the U18 team finished 3rd.
The one-year-old CP-AC Volleyball U17 and U18 teams both had an impressive first year. In addition to winning the Regional Championships in May, the teams each qualified for Nationals, where they will head in 2015.
A member of the Chelsea Piers Athletic Club Squash team during training (contributed photo)
The CPCT Squash Club also had several highlights over the past year, including a number of notable tournament finishes by members of the club’s Elite Squash Program (ESP). At the U.S. Junior Nationals in March, Marina Stefanoni won the GU13 division, BU19 division player James Watson earned a place at the trials for the U.S. Junior Team final selection, and five other ESP members placed in the top ten of their respective age groups.
The Chelsea Piers triathlon team, Full Throttle Endurance Racing, kicked off the 2014 season with an exciting showing at the South Beach Life Time Triathlon, winning the overall Team Championship and claiming 21 individual podiums with their impressive personal performances. Most recently, FTE Racing competed in both the USA Triathlon Northeast Regional Team Championships and the Stamford KIC IT Triathlon where the group won both Team Championship and multiple podium finishes.
CPCT Athletes’ College Commitments Include:
CP-AC Water Polo
Claire Baxter - Claremont McKenna College
Quentin Montgomery - George Washington University
Jack Robinson - The U.S. Naval Academy
Julian Fraser - Santa Clara University
Alex Jahns - Fordham University
Steve Michaud - The University of Southern California
Patrick Judge - Iona College
Laura Watson – Cornell University
James Watson – University of Pennsylvania
Jocelyn Lehman – Yale University
CP-AC Lacrosse - Boys
Kyle Foote - Loyola College
Jack Harrington - Duke University
Cole Perry – Denison University
Ryan Flippin - Wesleyan College
Sam Saleeby - Dickinson College
Jamie Paradise - Boston University
CP-AC Lacrosse – Girls
Anne Dunster - Dickinson College
Elizabeth Miller - Boston College
Sammy Muller - The University of Virginia
Jane Tewksbury – Wesleyan College
CP-AC Volleyball– Girls
Katelyn Carlson- Wentworth Institute of Technology
Francesca Testani- Salve Regina University
Tyla Taylor- Wesleyan University
The complex’s size and unparalleled athletic facilities has led CPCT to serve as host to several large-scale tournaments and showcases encompassing a wide range of sports including squash, volleyball, ice hockey, tennis, lacrosse and aquatics. In addition to a number of notable athletic competitions including the Gymnastics Winter Challenge and the Dual-County Classic Hockey Tournament, the facility was also selected to host to the 2014 Special Olympics along with several college recruitment seminars and health and wellness expos presented by People’s United Bank and Stamford Hospital.
“We are honored that so many families and individuals have made Chelsea Piers Connecticut a major part of their active lifestyle and very proud of our accomplished CP-AC athletes and our many competitive teams,” commented Greta Wagner, Executive Director, Chelsea Piers Connecticut. “We’re very grateful for all of the community support we’ve received and look forward to continuing to grow and expand upon our dynamic programming.”