Elis Move Into 5th at EISLs

Feb. 23, 2007

PRINCETON, N.J. - After the second day of competition at the EISL Championships, the Yale men's swimming and diving team sits in fifth place with 674 points. The Bulldogs are just one point behind fourth place Columbia and seven and a half points behind Cornell, which is in third.

For the second night in a row, a Yale medley relay record fell at DeNunzio Pool. Yesterday the Bullldogs broke the record for the 400 yard medley relay. Friday night, the Yale quartet of Alex Righi, Matt Sweitzer, Chris Pool and Andrew Foss finished second behind Cornell in the 200 yard medley relay. Their time of 1:29.84 beat the Yale record by over a second - a record that had stood for seven years.

Yale's one win of the day came thanks to Righi, who won the 100 yard backstroke in a time of 48.01 - a time good enough for a NCAA B cut. The win was Righi's second in as many days, and he will be in action again tomorrow in the 100 yard freestyle, an event in which he holds the Yale and EISL Championship records. Freshman Thomas Robinson also added to Yale's point tally in the 100 back by winning the 'B' final.

Of the six individual swimming evets Friday, the Bulldogs qualified swimmers for 'A' finals in four of them. In the 100 yard butterfly, Pool and Ben Dzialo finished fourth and seventh respectively. Foss finished sixth in the 200 yard freestyle in a time of 1:39.13. Then in the 100 yard breaststroke Colin Stalnecker beat out team mate Sweitzer to sixth place by just one hundredth of a second.

The Bulldogs also took care of business on the diving board Friday night. Jeffrey Lichtenstein followed up his third place finish in the 1 meter event by qualifying in first for tomorrow's 'A' final in the 3 meter event. He will be joined in the final by team mate Douglas Scott.

The third and final day of competition from Princeton's DeNunzio Pool will begin tomorrow at 11 am. Complete results and live times are available at the EISL meet page.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity