March 25, 2006
ATLANTA, GA - Yale swimmer Alex Righi competed in the last of his three events today at the NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championship at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. He finished 15th in the 100-meter freestyle in a time of 43.62 seconds.
For the second day in a row, Righi qualified for the 'B' final of his event. Last night, he swam in the 'B' final of the 100-meter backstroke. Also for the second day in a row, Righi actually recorded his fastest time in the preliminary round. His preliminary time of 43.46 helped him qualify for tonight's consolation final. It was also just two hundredths of a second outside Righi's own school record of 43.44 seconds, set earlier this year the EISL Championships.
"I was extremely pleased to make another consolation final," Righi said. "In such a competitive event, I saw it as a huge accomplishment".
Throughout the weekend of competition in Atlanta, Alex has proved that he can compete consistently on the national level. Today, just as on Thursday and Friday, Righi raced against the best collegiate swimmers in the country, hailing from the most competitive conferences for swimming, the SEC and the Pac-10.
"My coaches kept telling me not to get dazzled by the quality of the other swimmers," Righi said. "The most important thing I learned at the NCAAs is that I can compete with those swimmers, and that I have to be confident in my own ability."
Tonight's race was the last of the season for Righi, and the last competitive action for any member of Head Coach Frank Keefe's squad until next season.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity