Righi Sets School Record in 50 Free

March 2, 2006

EAST MEADOW, NY - After day one of the EISL Championships, the Yale men's swimming and diving team is in seventh place with 226 points. In a mixed day for the Bulldogs, Alex Righi set a new Yale record in the 50-yard freestyle.

Righi finished second behind Princeton's Will Reinhardt in his heat in the 50-yard freestyle Thursday morning, but proved too quick for Reinhardt and the rest of the competition in the final. Righi's time of 19.83 beat the previous record of 19.92 set by Jason Rosenbaum '95 in the 1994 EISL Championships.

The Bulldogs also had finalists in two other individual events. As expected, Yale's divers were vying for the top spot in the 1-meter competition. The sophomore trio of Jeffrey Lichtenstein, Pat Hayden and Douglas Scott finished fifth, eighth and ninth respectively.

Elsewhere, Andrew Foss shaved almost eight seconds off of his personal best time in the 500-yard freestyle. Foss' time of 4:27.56 was good enough for fifth place in the final, while Kevin Pudas and Dennen McCloskey bolstered Yale's point total, finishing fourth and fifth respectively in the consolation final.

However, Yale's day of personal bests was overshadowed in the last event of the night. In the 400-yard medley relay, the Bulldog team of Righi, Foss, Colin O'Brady and Chris Pool was disqualified because of a false start in the change over between the breaststroke and butterfly legs.

"That disqualification hurt a lot," captain Brendan Everman said. "We would have finished the day in fourth, but instead we're down in seventh. We just have to put that behind us now and focus on all the positives from today."

Day two of the EISL Championships begins tomorrow morning at 11 am at the Nassua County Aquatic Center. For complete results visit the Ivy League website.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

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