Boys swim: Ridgefield opens huge lead in win over Fairfield

Glance at the final score and you might think last Thursday's boys swim meet between Ridgefield and the Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe combined team was relatively close.

It wasn’t.

After opening an insurmountable 94-22 lead, Ridgefield swam exhibition in the final four events, allowing Fairfield to record 50 unanswered points. Even so, the Tigers still won the meet by 22 points, finishing with a 94-72 victory.

The triumph was the second straight for Ridgefield, which improved its record to 3-1.

The Tigers put visiting Fairfield away early at the Barlow Mountain pool, winning the first eight races and sweeping the top-three spots in five of those events.

Luke Hruska, AJ Bornstein, Connor Hunt, and Will Bryant began the meet by finishing first for Ridgefield in the 200-medley relay with a time of 1:57.08. Teammates James DeMatteo, Trey O’Malley, Matthew Johnson, and Andrew Yu combined the place second in 2:05.59.

Hunt (2:03.74) followed with a first-place finish in the 200 freestyle, with Gavin Egerton and Vidur Hareesh second and third, respectively, for the Tigers.

Another one-two-three finish followed for Ridgefield. Bornstein (2:20.42), Andrew Dong and Yu taking the top-three spots in the 200 individual medley.

Bryant (25.14) and Hruska finished first and second, respectively, in the 50 freestyle, increasing the Tigers’ lead to 49-13.

Caitlin Inall (246.70 points) added a victory in the diving competition, and Hunt (1:02.66), O’Malley and Yu went one-two-three in the 100 butterfly.

Two more sweeps followed, with Bryant (56.97), Egerton and Dong going one-two-three in the 100 freestyle and Kieran Smith (4:14.06), Johnston and Hareesh doing likewise in the 400 freestyle.

That left Ridgefield with a 94-22 lead and persuaded head coach Emmanuel Lanzo to swim exhibition in the final four races: the 200 freestyle relay, the 100 backstroke, the 100 breaststroke, and the 400 freestyle relay.

Notes: Ridgefield defeated New Canaan, 98-86, Jan. 12 at the Barlow Mountain pool.

The Tigers got first-place finishes from Hunt in the 200 freestyle (1:58.14), Bornstein in the 200 IM (2:09.87) and the 100 breaststroke (1:06.26), Bryant in the 50 freestyle (24.77) and the 100 freestyle (55.89), and Smith in the 400 freestyle (4:01.39) and the 100 backstroke (58.47).

Smith, Bornstein, Hruska, and Bryant won the 200 medley relay (1:49.13), and Bryant, Smith, Hruska, and Hunt triumphed in the 200 freestyle relay (1:39.34).