Righi Finishes 16th at NCAAs

Righi Finishes 16th at NCAAs

March 24, 2006

ATLANTA, GA - Alex Righi finished in 16th place in the 100-meter backstroke at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships tonight. He raced in this evening's `B' final, finishing in a time of 48.41 seconds.

Righi, Yale's sole representative at the national championship, swam a faster time in the heats than in the consolation final. His preliminary round time of 47.76 put him in 11th place going into tonight's finals. The time was just four hundredths of a second slower than Righi's school record for the event, which he recorded at the EISL Championships earlier this year.

This was Righi's second event in two days at the championships, held at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Yesterday, the freshman broke his own school record in the 50-meter freestyle. Tomorrow, Alex will conclude his stint on the national stage in the 100-yard freestyle.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity