STORRS — Carly Persano wanted to play polo more than anything. Her father played at Shallowbrook Equestrian Center in Somers.
"Ever since I was able to walk a horse, I would groom for him and exercise the horses," Carly said. "I asked my [riding] coach every day if I could play. He was like, 'Not until you're strong enough.'
"For a whole year, we had to muck stalls. Just to get strong. We were like, 'We'll do anything.'"
Carly was 9. Her sister Audry was 15 months older. They cleaned a lot of stalls. And they finally got to play.
Both Persanos, who grew up in Somers, play for the UConn women's polo club team. UConn hosted the U.S....