Wahoo Swim Team

Team Philosophy

The purpose of the Newport County Wahoo competitive swim program is to provide each and every swimmer with the opportunity to strive for excellence in competitive swimming.  While each swimmer may begin his or her swimming career at a different point, we encourage swimmers at all levels to accept the challenges of this sport.  Goal setting, motivation, confidence, handling pressure, taking responsibility, improving or maintaining health & fitness, building and enjoying friendships are just a few goals we have for our swimmers.

Of course, while coaches, parents & friends will provide a positive atmosphere in which respect for one another is modeled, it is ultimately the responsibility of each swimmer to help see that things are working on our team.  Team unity and positive support of one another is a must.

While winning, setting a record, getting a best time or making a qualifying time are all great accomplishments and feel good, these should not be not our only goals.  These are not the only ways to gauge success.  We will assist our athletes to become stronger individuals, learn sportsmanship as well as self accountability, to name a few. Here are a few examples of success:  Advanced stroke technique, learning initiative, learning to win and lose with confidence in each, building lifelong friendships.  Medals and Trophies will eventually get dusty, lost, or put away. But, the lessons learned in our swimming program with stay with them a lifetime.

Our Training and what we offer our swimmers:

  • Stroke proficiency and performance
  • Technical stroke adjustments for efficiency and increased power through the water
  • 5 Days of water training from 1-2 hours of pool time (depending on age and ability)
  • Nutritional guidance and suggestions
  • Land base training from certified trainers, to increase strength and conditioning

Our goal is to help facilitate a strong competitive swim program for our young athletes. This helps them increase their confidence in the pool as well as their everyday lives elsewhere. We are the true definition of team and support each other through success and disappointment.

Why Should My Child Be a Swimmer?

Courtesy USA Swimming

  1. Swimming is an outstanding activity for young people.
  2. Swimming promotes fitness and teaches a child to strive for physical achievement.  Many super-stars in other sports started out as swimmers.
  3. Swimming is an exciting individual and team sport
  4. Swimming is a technical and specialized activity involving extensive skill development.
  5. Swimming is a healthy ‘lifetime’ activity.  Participants may be 1 or 101 years old.
  6. Swimming is relatively injury free in comparison to other youth sports.
  7. Swimming teaches the life lessons of sport and sportsmanship, which include learning to deal with winning and losing, as well as working with officials, teammates and coaches.
  8. Swimming motivates participants to strive for self-improvement and teaches goal orientation.
  9. Swimming cultivates a positive mental attitude and high self-esteem.
  10. Swimming can prevent drowning.

The YMCA and USA Swimming age group programs are America’s largest guided fitness activity for children.  Age group swimming builds a strong foundation for a lifetime of good health.

Coach Bios

Coach Maruti Kolluru

Coach Maruti began swimming at the age of 10 for the Upper Main Line YMCA. It was during that time that he started to find his love of coaching by helping coach the 8 and under swimmers on the team. Afterward, he continued swimming in college at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. During his last year at RPI, he started coaching at Uncle Sam Swim Club, a local USA Swim club in Troy NY. After moving to Newport, he coached at the Newport Boys and Girls club for a season. Afterward, he began coaching the Newport County Wahoos, where he is now entering his fourth year with the team as an Assistant Coach, becoming Head Coach in December of 2019.

Assistant Coach Jacob Moyar

I learned to swim when I was only 4 years old after my family moved from NC to VA. The swim team was the only extracurricular activity available in the neighborhood, and my parents desperately wanted my brother and me to make new friends (I secretly think THEY wanted to make new friends), so they threw us in swim lessons. Before long we were both on the summer swim team that trained at the same pool. Both my brother and I took to the sport very quickly, and we were swimming in year-round programs by the time I was 9. I stayed on that year-round team until I graduated high school, and went on to swim in college at Lehigh University in PA. I became the captain of the team, swam at U.S. Nationals and Olympic Trials, and stayed for the 5th year as an assistant coach for the Lehigh team while I got my master’s degree.

I moved to RI for work right after school in July of 2018 where I met Coach Maruti, and he told me all about his favorite swim team in the world: the Newport Wahoos! Naturally, I had to see what the hype was about, came to the pool to meet Randy and Jordan, and was added to the coaching roster in December of 2018. I had a blast getting to know everyone last season and am pumped to be returning for my first full season this year. This sport has done so much for me in my life, so I love having the ability to pay it forward and try to make those same opportunities available for younger generations. And while my current swimming capabilities are far less impressive than what they used to be, you might catch me flailing around in the pool every now and again trying to train for my new pastime: triathlons!