Ridgefield relay earns All-America honors
For four Ridgefield High girls swimmers, a good thing followed a long wait.
By finishing with one of the top-100 times in the 400-yard freestyle relay during last fall’s high school season, Stephanie Bishop, Rylie Giles, Hannah Snyder, and Anna Turner earned All-America honors from the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.
Each July, the organization awards All-America honors to the fastest 100 times in each event during the previous school year.
Snyder and Turner recently graduated from Ridgefield High School; Bishop and Giles are rising juniors. Turner will compete at Villanova University.
The four swimmers combined for a season-best time of three minutes, 29.67 seconds at the State Open meet last November at Yale University in New Haven. Ridgefield finished second in the event behind Greenwich, which won with a time of 3:28.24.
Ridgefield’s time turned out to be the 90th fastest nationally in the 2018-19 girls high school season.
Bishop, Giles, Snyder, and Turner were nearly as fast at the Class LL meet, as their time of 3:29.72 gave Ridgefield second place behind Greenwich (3:29.33).
That time (the 92nd fastest nationally) also would have given the four Ridgefield swimmers All-America honors.
Notes: A team from Santa Margarita Catholic High School (Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif.) had the fastest time (3:20.32) in the 400-yard freestyle relay for the 2018-19 season.
The national record of 3:15.38 was set in 2015 by a relay team from Carmel (Ind.) High School.
Greenwich finished 61st nationally with its time of 3:28.24 at the State Open.