March 23, 2006
ATLANTA, GA - In the first day of competition at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, Yale's Alex Righi finished in 26th place in the preliminaries of the 50-yard freestyle. His time of 19.82 is a new Yale record.
Righi's 26th place finish leaves him out of tonight's finals, with only the top 16 from the preliminary round advancing.
The new school record of 19.82 breaks Righi's previous record of 19.83 seconds, set just three weeks ago at the EISL Championships. The time made him the fastest finisher from any Northeast school. The only other EISL swimmer to compete in the event was Harvard's David Cromwell, who finished in 53rd place.
Tomorrow, Alex will swim in the 100-yard backstroke. He is seeded 13th in the event. Preliminaries begin at 12 pm at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity