Dec. 1, 2005
Freshman Alex Righi finished sixth in the 50-meter freestyle to lead the Bulldogs during the opening day of the U.S. Open, held at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.
Righi finished the freestyle with a time of 23.67. He also teamed up with junior Andrew Foss, sophomore Billy Rubenstein and freshman Dennen McCloskey to finish 11th in the 800-meter freestyle relay thanks to a time of 7:58.03.
Foss came in 22nd in the 400 meter-freestyle with a time of 4:07.29, while sophomore Colin Stalnecker finished 24th in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:09.61).
McCloskey finished the 200-meter backstroke in 22nd with a time of 2:10.03 and Rubenstein came in 38th in the same event (2:12.59).
The Bulldogs lone women's swimmer at the Open, junior Moira McCloskey, finished 13th in the 200-meter backstroke thanks to a time of 2:20.72.
Tomorrow the following men's and women's events will take place: 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 400-meter individual medley and the 400-meter medley relay.
Omega is carrying live results from the competition at www.omegatiming.com. In addition, session summaries and other coverage can be found on www.usaswimming.org. Prelims will begin each morning at 9:30 a.m., with finals at 6 p.m. Auburn is on Central Standard Time.
The Bulldogs are competing against a number of U.S. Olympic swimmers and high-profile international stars at the U.S Open. Approximately 600 athletes are registered for the meet.