Righi Finishes 5th in 100 Back

Dec. 1, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team had entries in every event in day 2 of the U.S. Open meet. The seven Bulldog swimmers in action put in solid performances, but the day once again belonged to Alex Righi, who finished 5th overall in the 100 meter backstroke.

In the morning session, Righi swam in heat 5 of the 100 backstroke. He finished 2nd in the heat with a time of 57.55. His fast time in the heat was good enough to give him the 5th seed overall and to qualify him to race in the `A' final.

The lineup Righi faced in the 100 back `A' final included four-time Olympic gold medalist Lenny Krayzelburg, Olympic gold and silver medalist Ryan Lochte, Olympian Adam Mania and 2006 NCAA runner up Doug Van Wie. Righi swam faster in the final than he did in the heat and he held onto his 5th place overall in the event with his time of 57.03, just one tenth of a second behind Krayzelburg.

Captain Geof Zann also swam in the 100 meter backstroke event. Zann was drawn in heat one, and finished 3rd in a time of 1:00.31, which placed him 37th overall.

In the next event, the 200 meter freestyle, Andrew Foss finished 7th in his heat (heat 9) in a time of 1:56.75, good for 46th overall. Then in the 100 meter butterfly, the Yale trio of Righi, Tyler Scheid and Ben Dzialo all finished within 0.51 seconds of each other. Righi came out as the fastest Bulldog, placing 51st overall with a time of 58.07. Close behind, although swimming in a different heat, was Scheid, whose time of 58.08 was good for 52nd. Dzialo came 59th with his swim of 58.58, good for 4th place in his heat.

Dennen McCloskey followed yesterday's 200 meter backstroke performance with a strong showing in the 400 meter individual medley. McCloskey finished 3rd in his heat in a time of 4:40.73, which left him just outside the qualifying mark for the finals.

In the last event of the day, Craig Steen was added to the mix as he joined a team of Righi, Scheid and Foss in the 400 meter medley relay. The Bulldogs finished in 17th place with a time of 3:57.09

Tomorrow, in day 3 of the U.S. Open, five Yale swimmers will race in individual events, and the Bulldogs will also enter a team in the 400 meter freestyle relay. Complete Results from today's swimming are available on the USA Swimming website.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity

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