Ridgefield swimmers fourth at State Open

Rylie Giles was among the top contributors as the Ridgefield High girls swim team finished fourth at the State Open. — Andy Hutchison photo
Rylie Giles was among the top contributors as the Ridgefield High girls swim team finished fourth at the State Open. — Andy Hutchison photo

Three days after finishing second at the Class LL championships, the Ridgefield High girls swim team ended its season with a fourth-place finish at the State Open meet on Nov. 17 at Yale University in New Haven.

The Tigers had 385 points, 32 fewer than third-place Weston (417) and 84 more than fifth-place Staples (301).

Greenwich was first with 454 points, edging runner-up Cheshire (439 points).

“It was thrilling to watch our swimmers finish on such a high note, but  bittersweet knowing that our talented senior class will be moving on,” Ridgefield coach Todd Gordon said. “It will be challenging next year to fill their shoes, but we have some rising freshmen, sophomores and juniors who showed that they can compete at the state level.”

Senior Anna Turner led Ridgefield with second-place finishes in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.01) and the 500-yard freestyle (4:59.79). RHAM’s Tylor Mathieu won both events with times of 1:50.80 in the 200 freestyle and 4:55.12 in the 500 freestyle.

Turner also swam on two runner-up relays for the Tigers. She combined with Stephanie Bishop, Rylie Giles, and Hannah Snyder to finish second in both the 200 freestyle relay (1:37.07) and the 400 freestyle relay (3:29.67).

Bishop contributed a fifth-place finish in the 200 freestyle (1:54.16), and Giles was seventh in the 500 freestyle (5:05.29) and ninth in the 200 freestyle (1:54.93).

Also finishing in the top-10 for Ridgefield were Julia Weiner (seventh, 58.66) in the 100 backstroke and Jenna Leonard in the 100 breaststroke (1:07.18).

Weiner, Leonard, Elissa Clancy, and Emma Brody teamed to finish eighth in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:50.72.

Adding points with top-24 individual finishes were Jenna Budicini in the 200 individual medley (19th, 2:14.09); Snyder in the 50 freestyle (13th, 24.68) and the 100 freestyle (11th, 53.48); Bishop in the 500 freestyle (11th, 5:09.22); Hanna Sotolongo in the 100 breaststroke (11th, 1:07.30); and Clancy in the 100 butterfly (17th, 59.75).

“2018 was one of our best seasons ever, and the dual meet, FCIAC, [Class] LL, and State Open results bear that out,” Gordon said. “Almost every swimmer on the team achieved best-time swims, and we had more swimmers at State Opens this year than we’ve had in quite a while.”

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