Righi, Lichtenstein Set to Compete at NCAA Championships

March 26, 2008

Federal Way, Wash. - Junior Alex Righi and senior Jeffrey Lichtenstein will compete at the NCAA Championships Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the University of Washington.

After placing third in the 1-meter diving at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships, Lichtenstein enters the field of 34 divers in the event at the NCAA Championships.

Building off an incredible season, Righi looks to compete for an NCAA Championship in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, and 100-yard backstroke.

"The NCAA Championships meet is always an exciting time for me because I get the opportunity to compete with some of the greatest swimmers in the country and the world," Righi said.

In the EISL Championships, Righi won the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke, and the 100-yard freestyle. His 42.67 in the 100-yard freestyle broke the meet, EISL, and 28-year old Blodgett Pool record.

Righi will enter the 50-yard freestyle seeded fourth with a seed time of 19.41. His seed time of 42.53 in the 100-yard freestyle gave him a three seed in the event. Righi also is seeded 23rd in the 100-yard backstroke with a seed time of 47.82. Righi looks to improve his performance in all three events in the NCAA Championships.

"My goals are to improve my best times in all three of my events, which should enable me to score some points for Yale," Righi said. "It would certainly be nice to score more points than last year, and I think it is very possible that with some concerted effort I can final (top 8) in at least two events."

For Righi, the competition drives him forward in his attempt to accomplish his goals at the NCAA Championships.

"I am incredibly eager to swim and compete, which is the aspect of swimming that I love the most," Righi said.

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity

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