February 24, 2007

Yale Finishes 3rd at EISLs

Feb. 24, 2007

PRINCETON, N.J. - While Princeton and Harvard held on to their first and second spots respectively on the final day of the EISL championships, the Yale men's swimming and diving team leapfrogged Cornell and Columbia to finish third with 1036 points, their best finish since 2003.

Alex Righi left his mark on DeNunzio Pool Saturday night, breaking another pool record. Righi's time of 43.19 in the 100 yard freestyle also beat his own Yale and EISL record of 43.44, set at last year's championships. Righi's time also qualified for an NCAA A cut. With the win in the 100 free, Righi has tallied five EISL Championship wins in two years.

Yale's other win of the day came in the 3 meter diving event. Jeffrey Lichtenstein had already broken his own Yale record for the event in the preliminary round Friday, but improved in the finals Saturday night to take first place in the event with 359 points. Douglas Scott also reached the 'A' final Saturday night and finished seventh, making Yale and hosts Princeton the only schools to qualify two divers fo the 'A' final of the event.

Colin Stalnecker reached his second 'A' final in two days. He finished fifth in the 200 yard breaststoke in a time of 2:04.33. Craig Steen finished seventh in the event in 2:04.81. The Bulldogs also qualified two swimmers for the 'A' final of the 200 yard backstroke. Captain Geof Zann and freshman Thomas Robinson finished sixth and seventh respectively in the event.

In the last event of the meet, the Yale 400 yard relay team finished fourth. The Bulldogs were back in seventh through 300 yards, but Righi's blistering anchor leg of 43.07 pushed the Bulldogs ahead of Princeton Brown and Penn to ensure their third place overall.

For their dominant performances during the three day event, Lichtenstein and Righi were honored at the end of the meet. Lichtenstein was given the Karl B. Michael Award for the meet's outstanding diver, and Righi shared the Philip Moriarty Award for the meet's outstanding swimmer with Harvard's Geof Rathgeber.

Complete results for the meet are available at the EISL webiste.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

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