Yale No. 2 in Division I Academic All-American Team Rankings; Righi Named Individual Academic All-American

Oct. 21, 2008

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale men's swimming and diving team, coached by Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming Frank Keefe, was ranked as the second best men's swimming and diving team in the nation based on GPA according to the College Swim Coaches Association of America Academic All-American rankings. As well, senior captain Alex Righi was named an Individual Academic All-American, the first Individual Academic All-American honoree for the Bulldogs in the past six years.

The Bulldog men achieved a team-wide GPA of 3.500, a full .124 points ahead of the third ranked team, Georgetown. Dartmouth was the top ranked team in the nation with a GPA of 3.600. In 2007, the Bulldogs had an overall GPA of 3.38.

Righi, who was named an Individual Academic All-American for the first time, boasts a 3.780 GPA, ranking him 15th overall in the Academic Division I rankings. Since joining the Bulldogs in 2005, success has come both in the water and classroom for Righi, who placed second in the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events and 11th in the 100-yard backstroke at the NCAA Championships. He was also named the Division I Mid-Major Swimmer of the Year in 2008. Being the first Bulldog to be named an Individual Academic All-American in six years is only the first honor that Righi, a two-time All-American swimmer, has earned in his final season of competition. Only 31 men in the nation were named Academic All-Americans, an honor that student-athletes qualify for by having a GPA or 3.500 or greater while qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

A total of 44 men's teams were named to the Academic All-American list this year. The Bulldogs also placed second on the combined list of men's and women's programs with an overall GPA of 3.552 between Keefe's two squads. Dartmouth clinched the overall title with a 3.580 GPA.

The complete rankings can be viewed here at the College Swimming Website.

The Bulldogs open their season at the Robert J. H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool on Friday with a scrimmage against McGill.

Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity