Feb. 22, 2007
PRINCETON, N.J. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team had mixed results at the first day of the EISL Championships, held at Princeton's DeNunzio Pool. The Elis sit in sixth place with 260 points. Hosts Princeton are in the lead with 442 points.
Yale's one first place finish of the day came in the 50 yard freestyle. Alex Righi set a new Yale record in the 'A' final of the event, winning in a time of 19.68. The time qualified for the NCAA B cut and also tied the pool record for DeNunzio Pool. As far as the Yale record books are concerned, Righi broke the record he set himself at last year's NCAA Championships.
Righi also broke his 100 yard backstroke record as part of Yale's record breaking time in the last event of the day, the 400 yard medley relay. Righi swam the opening leg of the relay in 47.54, breaking his own record in the 100 back set at last year's EISLs. The Yale quartet finished fourth in the relay event, but their time of 3:18.30 was exactly one second faster than the previous record which had stood since 2004. The Yale relay team comprised Righi, Colin Stalnecker, Chris Pool and Andrew Foss.
The Bulldogs also picked up valuable points in the 1 meter diving event. Jeffrey Lichtenstein finished third in the event with a total of 293.80 points. Douglas Scott and Pat Hayden finished tenth and elevnth overall respectively, competing in the 'B' final in Friday evening's session.
Yale will return to action at the EISL Championships tomorrow at 11 am. Complete results and live times can be found at the meet website.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity