March 8, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - For the second consecutive year, Alex Righi will represent the Yale men's swimming and diving team at the NCAA Championships. Righi will swim in the 50 and 100 yard freestyle and the 100 yard backstroke at the championships, which will be held at Minnesota's University Aquatic Center from March 15-17.
Righi's second season at Yale has already been phenomenal. Against EISL competition, he has won every individual event he has entered, including EISL titles in the 50 yard freestyle, the 100 yard freestyle and the 100 yard backstroke. In fact, against collegiate competition, Righi has gone 21 for 22 this season. The only event he didn't win came early in the season - a second place finish in the 100 yard freestyle at the Terrapin Invitational. Righi also qualified for finals in all three of his events at the prestigious U.S. Open, which featured a field rich with Olympic champions and hopefuls.
At the 2006 NCAA Championships, Righi reached consolation finals in both the 100 yard freestyle and the 100 yard backstroke. Righi already owns the Yale records to all three of the events he is competing in at this year's championships.
Righi is also one of only two EISL swimmers to be seeded in the top 20 in three individual events. The other is Harvard's IM specialist Geof Rathgeber. Righi is seeded 11th in the 100 back, 12th in the 100 free and 16th in the 50 free.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity.