It’s not an uncommon sight to see Taka and Hiroki Kaneko bowing to the pool after finishing a swimming race. The brothers, who moved with their family to Rye from Yokohama, Japan, in 2008, have maintained the respectful tradition of their native country while enhancing the already-talented roster of the Westchester Aquatic Club Wolverines.
Taka, a seventh-grader at Rye Middle School, and Hiroki, a fifth-grader at Osborn, are just two of the 20 Rye residents on Carle Fierro’s 163-member Wolverines. The team, part of the Metro League, is comprised of some of the youngest swimming talent in not just Westchester, but the entire nation.
Taka and Hiroki, along with Midland third-grader Connor Popp, are among the most talented and accomplished on the roster for their ages.