Kieran Smith

Ridgefield's Kieran Smith Qualifies For 200m Freestyle Finals at Olympics

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Ridgefield's Kieran Smith will be swimming for another medal after qualifying second for the 200 meter freestyle at the Tokyo Olympics.

Smith finished with a time of 1:45.07 and is now in contention for a second medal.

The top eight times from Sunday night are moving onto the finals.

The news comes just a day after winning bronze in the 400m freestyle. He finished with a time of 3:43.94. The other Team USA swimmer, Jake Mitchell, finished in eighth place with a time of 3:45.39.

Smith swam the 200m freestyle on Sunday morning, coming in 13th place with a time of 1:46.20.

There were two heats with eight swimmers in each heat. Smith swam in heat 2.

The Tokyo Olympic Stadium’s 68,000 seats won’t be filled during the events this year, so its incredible views will only be appreciated by a limited group. That includes NBCLX storyteller Chase Cain, who got access to take you on a behind the scenes tour — from the floor where the athletes will compete to the nosebleed seats to even its spotless bathrooms.

According to Connecticut Swimming, Smith is the first Connecticut native to medal in swimming at the Olympics since Janel Jorgensen in 1988. Both Smith and Jorgensen are Ridgefield High School graduates.

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