March 4, 2006
EAST MEADOW, NY - The Yale men's swimming and diving team finished in fifth place at the EISL Championships today with a total of 925 points. Despite a strong Saturday performance at the Nassau County Aquatic Center, the Bulldogs could not catch Columbia and Cornell, who finished third and fourth respectively. Princeton won the meet, and Harvard came in second place.
Yet again, Yale's standout swimmer was Alex Righi. Righi won the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 43.44, setting a new Yale and EISL record. This record is his third new school record of the weekend; he had already inked his name on the record book under both the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke categories.
"Alex is just extremely talented," captain Brendan Everman said. "And he's still just a freshman. When he was standing on the blocks in his last race, we were all chanting `three more years'. I just wish I could be around to see him swim over the next three years."
But today, Righi wasn't the only one to break a Yale record. Ben Dzialo set a new record in the 200-yard butterfly, breaking the previous record of 1:49.12. Dzialo finished third in the event, but his fastest time of 1:48.23 actually came in the preliminary round.
Elsewhere, Jeffrey Lichtenstein finished third in the 3-meter diving event. Lichtenstein scored 330.85 points, just 14 points shy of his own Yale record set earlier this season. Fellow sophomore Douglas Scott came third in the consolation final with 257.70 points.
The Bulldogs, who were still smarting from its disqualification from the 400-yard medley relay Thursday night, were happy with their long list of personal best swims this weekend, but feel they could have finished higher.
"We really wanted to beat Columbia this weekend, but after the relay on Friday that was always going to be difficult," Everman said. "We scored more points than last year though, and we had some great individual swims, so we're happy with both of those things."
The meet was the last event on Yale's 2005-06 schedule. Complete Results from all three days are available on the Ivy League website.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity