June 11, 2007
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Alex Righi, a rising junior at Yale, had a pair of top-10 finishes over the weekend at the 2007 Charlotte UltraSwim, which is part of the USA Swimming Grand Prix Series. The event was held at the Mecklenburg Aquatic Club. Righi placed sixth in the 100-meter backstroke with a time of 57.67 seconds, and was ninth in the 100 freestyle, finishing in 51.64 seconds.
Righi, the 2007 Ivy League champion in the 50-yard freestyle, the 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard backstroke, also competed in the 50 freestyle and 200 individual medley at the UltraSwim event but did not qualify for the finals. Later this summer, he will head to the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Two other swimmers with Yale connections competed at the UltraSwim event. Dennen McCloskey, a rising junior, placed 11th in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:10.59 and was 17th in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:14.99. He also reached the final of the 400 IM but was disqualified.
Kyle Veatch, who will be a freshman at Yale this fall, competed at the event as well as a member of the host Mecklenburg Athletic Club.