Local swimmer Herrmann ranked nationally
Published 8:48 am, Tuesday, October 25, 2016
To say it has been a good start to the fall swim season for Westporter Rian Herrmann would be an understatement. After last weekend’s meet at the Greenwich YMCA, the 11-year-old Herrmann — who competes for Swim 70 based in Norwalk — is now nationally ranked first in the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes, fourth in the 500 yard Freestyle, ninth in both the 100 yard Individual Medley and 100 yard freestyle and 12th in the 50 yard freestyle.
Herrmann came to Westport and Swim 70 from Germany — the country his father represented in the Olympics —when he was nine.
“Rian couldn’t even do a proper flip turn two years ago. I love that he is always eager to learn and his development as a swimmer has been amazing to watch,” said coach Betsy Matheney in a press release. "Rian is a happy-go-lucky kid who just loves competing."
Herrmann will be joined by teammates Alejandra Roldan, Andie Daignault, Benjamin Bognon, Edward Kim, Emmett Adams, Esme Hunter, Jack Rogers, Lauren Daignault, Liam Ireland, Lily Kernaghan, Mackenzie Healy, Marissa Healy, Megan Phelan, Mia Fraas, Michael Cowenhoven, Moran Lenoce, Nathaniel Taft, Parker Lenoce, Samantha Kim, Sean Rogers, Sophia Miller, Sven Herrmann and Tessa Pavia at the Connecticut Top 16 Banquet in early November. This banquet celebrates the top 16 swimmers in each event for the 2015-16 swim season.