In the end, all that stood between the Ridgefield High boys ski team and an unbeaten regular season was Southington.
And all that stood between the Ridgefield girls team and an undefeated regular season was a disqualification.
In the final race before the state championships, Southington had a team time of 278.92 seconds to edge the Ridgefield boys squad (282.88) last Thursday at Mt. Southington and give the Tigers their first head-to-head loss this winter.
Ridgefield did register victories over Greenwich (286.58), Glastonbury (315.11), Amity (334.46), Brookfield (386.10), and Danbury/Bethel (406.07), ending the regular season with a 26-1 record.
The Tigers had the top-two overall finishers: Declan McNamara was first in a two-run combined time of 44.22 seconds, and teammate Jakob Robinson finished a close second in a time of 44.76.
Alex Bornstein (18th, 47.96), Eliot Hynes (21st, 48.40), Joseph Pastore (22nd, 48.74), and Owen Cherner (23rd, 48.80) also contributed to Ridgefield’s team time.
After suffering its first four defeats due to disqualification (not enough skiers finishing both runs) at its previous race (Feb. 13), the Ridgefield girls team recovered with a sweep last Thursday.
Ridgefield’s team time of 307.79 seconds produced head-to-head wins over Southington (315.95), Greenwich (319.74), Amity (363.37), Glastonbury (368.72), and Danbury/Bethel (417.64).
With those five victories, the Tigers ended the regular season with an 18-4 record.
Lauren Tsai led Ridgefield with a seventh-place overall finish in a two-run combined time of 49.97 seconds.
Riley Peters added a top-10 finish for the Tigers, placing ninth overall in 50.35.
Also contributing to Ridgefield’s team score were Isabel Redrup (11th, 50.64), Julia Bragg (14th, 50.81), Shea Coughlin (16th, 51.98), and Echo Nielsen (22nd, 54.04).
Notes: Both Ridgefield teams are scheduled to compete in Tuesday’s season-ending State Open meet at Mt. Southington.