|High School:||Brophy Prep|
Alex Righi was a 4-year varsity letterman at his high school, Brophy College Prep., in Phoenix, Ariz. Throughout high school, Alex's events changed many times. Beginning with the 100 Fly and 100 Backstroke, Alex moved, during his years of high school swimming, through every event in the high school program of events, including the 200 Freestyle and 200 IM among the others.
In his junior year he found two high school events that he could do very well - the 100 Free and 100 Backstroke. It was during that year that Alex won the 100 Free at the AZ state meet and placed 2nd in the 100 Backstroke. In Alex's senior year at Brophy, he won both the 100 Free and 100 Back at the AZ state meet, setting a state record in the 100 Back by over a second. In addition, Alex came within one one-hundredth of Gary Hall Jr.'s 50 Free state record. Alex was named Arizona State High School Swimmer of the Year.
At the conclusion of his senior year, Alex was compared with other top high school swimmers around the nation and based on times, was named the National High School Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World Magazine in their July 2005 edition. His 100 Backstroke and 50 Freestyle were the fastest in the country and his 100 Freestyle was second fastest. Alex went on to swim at the spring Junior Nationals in Orlando, FL. He won 5 events, setting meet records in 4 of them. He received the Swim of the Meet for his record-setting 100 Backstroke time of 47.63 seconds.
Alex chose Yale because he enjoys spending time with the team and feels that Yale will enable him to succeed not only in the swimming pool, but also in his future endeavors, which may include medicine. A number of Alex's extended family members attended Yale, including grandfather David Borie.
Alex hopes to continue to improve this coming year and to contribute to Yale Swimming and Diving efforts against all its Ivy League opponents....especially Harvard and Princeton in that respective dual meet (HYP). He also hopes to score points at NCAAs. He wants to help Yale continue the progress that has been made in recent years and help put the Bulldogs "back on the map" as a national NCAA swimming power.