Ridgefield third at FCIAC boys swim meet; Smith is MVP
On a point-per-competitor basis, no one was more productive than the Ridgefield High boys swim team at Sunday's Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference championship meet.
Despite having only 11 swimmers, the Tigers generated 322 points by winning seven of the 11 events at Greenwich High School. Adding the 12 points that Caitlin Inall had contributed with a seventh-place finish at last Wednesday's diving finals, Ridgefield totaled 334 points to finish third overall behind Greenwich (432.5 points) and Staples (395) in the 10-team field.
Senior standouts Kieran Smith and AJ Bornstein did the heavy lifting Sunday, as each won two individual events and swam on first-place relays for Ridgefield.
Smith was exceptional. The University of Florida-bound senior set two FCIAC individual records — one of which he previously held — and was named the meet's Most Outstanding Swimmer for the third consecutive year.
Smith broke a 38-year-old conference record in the 100-meter freestyle with his time of 44.29 seconds, beating runner-up John McNab of Staples (47.02) by nearly three full seconds.
Smith's second meet record came in the 100 backstroke, as his time of 49.32 eclipsed the mark of 49.47 that he set last year. Second-place finisher Spencer Erickson of Darien (53.27) was almost four seconds slower than Smith.
Bornstein, who will swim at the University of Michigan, defended his title in the 100 breaststroke, placing first in 56.75 seconds. Bornstein also triumphed in the 200 individual medley for a second straight year with a time of 1:53.96.
Smith and Bornstein teamed with sophomore Luke Hruska and junior Will Bryant to win the 200 medley relay in a meet-record time of 1:33.54. The Tigers lowered their own FCIAC mark of 1:34.78, which they had set while winning the relay last season.
Smith also combined with Hruska, freshman Connor Hunt, and Bryant on Ridgefield's 200 freestyle relay, which finished first in 1:26.35.
Ridgefield's other victory came from Bryant, who won the 50 freestyle in a time of 21.79 seconds.
Hunt was second in the 200 freestyle (1:43.95) and the 500 freestyle (4:38.45) for the Tigers. Hruska finished third in the 100 backstroke (53.59), and Bryant placed fourth in the 100 freestyle (48.90).
Adding a top-six finish was the 400 freestyle relay of Hunt, Gavin Egerton, Trey O'Malley, and Bornstein, which was fifth in a time of 3:18.90.
Notes: Vidur Hareesh, Andrew Dong, Andrew Yu, Matthew Johnston, O'Malley, and Egerton added points with top-16 finishes for Ridgefield.
Smith's times in the 100 freestyle and the 100 backstroke were Automatic All-American times.
Bornstein had an All-American Consideration time in the 100 breaststroke.
Ridgefield also recorded an All-American Consideration time in the 200 medley relay.
Inall set a new school record with her score of 401.70 points at the FCIAC diving championship last Wednesday at Westhill High School in Stamford.
The Tigers were fourth at last season's FCIAC championship with 292 points.