Ridgefield's Kieran Smith Ranked Top NCAA Division 1 Men's Swimmer, Likened to Ryan Lochte

2018 RHS graduate and current University of Florida swimmer, Kieran Smith was named the number 1 ranked NCAA men's swimmer this season by Swimming World Magazine.

Smith has been compared to 12-time Olympic medalist, Ryan Lochte! Just this weekend, at the Mizzou Aquatics Center, the Gators took home their ninth straight SEC title, led by our very own. He was also named SEC Championship Swimmer of the Meet. 

Smith holds an American record, an NCAA record, multiple SEC records, and multiple Florida records. Other accolades include 14-time All American, 2020 SEC male swimmer of the year and 2020 All-SEC First Team.  

During his high school career, Smith was the No. 13-ranked recruit overall and No. 1 from Connecticut in the 2018 recruiting class according to collegeswimming.com. His High School accomplishments were also extensive, including USA Swimming Scholastic All-American, Two-time NISCA All-America, US National Junior Team member in 2017, Connecticut HS Coaches Association Swimmer of the Year in 2016 & 2017, and Connecticut Swimmer of the Year in 2017. 

In addition to his success in athletics, Smith has made the 2019 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll and 2020 SEC Academic Honor Roll. Ridgefield is truly proud of all of his accomplishments. 

Can you hear the cheers from Ridgefield, Kieran Smith? We’re rooting for you to bring home gold!  

His full records and times are on the Florida Gators website.

*Image courtesy Florida Gators


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