Dec. 2, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Six of the seven Yale swimmers who traveled to Indiana for the U.S. Open competed in the third and final day of the meet. The Elis once again had a reason to stay for the evening session as Alex Righi finished 2nd in the 'B' final of the 100 meter freestyle event.
Righi qualified 12th overall in the preliminaries for the 100 free with a time of 52.01, booking him a place in his third final of the meet. The 'B' final saw Righi face off against butterfly specialist Ian Crocker, winner of two gold medals at the 2004 Athens Olympics and world record holder for the 100 meter butterfly. Righi was in third at the halfway mark, but overtook Jayme Cramer in the last 50 meters to finish 2nd with a time of 51.50, just 0.24 seconds behind Crocker.
Andrew Foss was also in the running in the 100 meter freestyle. Foss finished 2nd in heat 10 in a time of 53.97, which placed him 62nd overall.
In action in the 200 meter breaststroke event was Craig Steen, who had raced Friday in the 400 meter medley relay. Steen finished 36th overall in the preliminaries with a time of 2:29.35.
Ben Dzialo and Tyler Scheid rounded out the day's individual competition for Yale in the 200 meter butterfly. Dzialo finished 47th overall in a time of 2:09.33 and Scheid was close behind in 50th, finishing in 2:09.72.
Finally, Geof Zann, Righi, Foss and Scheid combined to give the Bulldogs their highest relay finish of the meet in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay. The Bulldogs finished second in their heat in a time of 3:34.66, which proved good enough for 11th overall.
Complete Results from all three days of the U.S. Open are available on the USA Swimming website.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity