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Ridgefield Swimmers Take Top Honors In Eastern Conference

Ridgefield swimmer AJ Bornstein is pictured here doing the breaststroke, which he and his team won in the Eastern Conference.
Ridgefield swimmer AJ Bornstein is pictured here doing the breaststroke, which he and his team won in the Eastern Conference. Photo Credit: Contributed by Carol Greene

RIDGEFIELD, Conn. – A Ridgefield swimmer helped the Connecticut 11-12 year-old boys win first place in the 200 Fly, 100 Breaststroke and 200 Breaststroke at the US Eastern Zone Championships in New York.

There were 80 swimmers competing in the best of their age groups at the competition at the end of March.

Ridgefield resident AJ Bornstein led the Connecticut boys to get their first place. his 200 Breaststroke time of 2:10:95 set a new Eastern Zone Meet record – taking down the 2006 record of 2:13:52 and is the second fastest time ever recorded by USA swimming in the US for 12 year old boys in that event. He also finished 2nd in both the 50 Breaststroke and 200 Individual Medley. Bornstein set new State and Resident Record in the 400 Individual Medley – taking down the previous record by 5 seconds.

Kieran Smith was the second highest scorer for the CT 11-12 year old boys achieving all personal best times and placing 4th in the 50 Fly and 500 Freestyle, 6th in the 200 Fly, 7th in the 100 Fly and 200 Individual Medley, and 10th in the 100 Freestyle.  Kieran was also anchor for  the 5th place CT 200 and 400 Yard Freestyle Relay teams, and swam Fly for the 4th place CT 200 Medley Relay Team.

Hannah Snyder swam 6 events for the CT 11-12 year old girls scoring for the CT team by taking 9th in the 200 Free and anchored the CT 400 Freestyle Relay team that took 2nd.

Liam Riebling represented CT in the 1650 Freestyle event swimming a personal best and finished 14th overall.

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