March 11, 2009
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Five members of the Bulldog men's swimming and diving team were named to the All-Ivy team for their impressive performances at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Princeton at DeNunzio Pool on Mar. 5-7. The Bulldogs picked up individual honors in four events and relay honors in two events. Senior captain Alex Righi (Phoenix, Ariz./Brophy Prep) has earned first-team All-Ivy honors 11 times over the course of his career.
Righi was the most decorated All-Ivy athlete for the Bulldogs, earning three first-team All-Ivy recognitions, all in individual events. Righi won the 50-yard freestyle in a time of 18.90, setting a pool, meet, Ivy League and Yale record. Righi, who was second at the NCAA Championships in the event last year, was first-team All-Ivy for the fourth time in the event. Righi also earned first-team recognition in the 100-yard freestyle for the fourth time, winning the event in a time of 41.91, also a pool, meet, Ivy League and Yale record. He was second in the event at the NCAA Championships last year. Righi picked up his third first-team All-Ivy honor of his career in the 100-yard backstroke in a time of 46.32. This is also a new pool, meet, Ivy League and Yale record. Righi was second-team All-Ivy in the event as a freshman and placed 11th at the NCAA Championships last year in the event.
The other individual All-Ivy honor of the meet came in the 200-yard backstroke. Junior Thomas Robinson (Prairie Village, Kan./Rockhurst) placed second in the event 1:45.55, earning him second-team All-Ivy recognition. This is his first time receiving individual All-Ivy recognition. Robinson was second-team All-Ivy in the 400-yard medley relay as a sophomore.
The rest of the All-Ivy recognition came in relay events. In the 200-yard freestyle relay, Righi, senior Chris Pool (Montgomery, Md./Georgetown Prep), sophomore Kyle Veatch (Cornelius, N.C./Hopewell) and freshman Goksu Bicer (Istanbul, Turkey/The Koc School) picked up second-team All-Ivy recognition by taking second with a 1:19.68. This performance was a school record and an NCAA B cut time. This was Pool's fourth second-team All-Ivy recognition. He also earned the honor as a sophomore in the 200-yard medley relay, and as a junior in the 200- and 400-yard medley relays. This was the first honor of Veatch and Bicer's career.
The Bulldogs also picked up second-team All-Ivy honors in the 400-yard freestyle relay. The team of Bicer, Pool, Righi and Robinson placed second in a time of 2:55.28. The time was a school record by just less than four seconds, breaking a record that had stood since 1992. The time was also an NCAA B cut. With the honor, Bicer ends his freshman campaign with two second-team All-Ivy honors while Robinson has three career second-team All-Ivy honors and Veatch one.
The graduating class goes away as a very distinguished class in terms of Ivy League recognition. Over the course of his career, Righi has earned 17 All-Ivy recognitions. Pool ends his career having earned five second-team All-Ivy honors. Senior Matt Sweitzer (New Canaan, Conn./New Canaan) has also earned All-Ivy recognition in past years. As a sophomore, he was second-team All-Ivy in the 200-yard medley relay and was second-team All-Ivy as a junior in both the 200- and 400-yard medley relays.
Righi will next be in action at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in College Station, Texas, on Mar. 26-28. He will compete in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events as well as the 100-yard backstroke.
Report filed by Caleb Dorfman '09, Yale Sports Publicity