July 22, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Alex Righi, who will be a freshman at Yale this fall, has been selected as the Male High School Swimmer of the Year by Swimming World magazine. Righi, a graduate of Brophy Prep in Phoenix, Ariz., had the top-ranked times in the nation in the 50-yard freestyle (20.31) and the 100 backstroke (48.00) as well as the second-fastest time in the 100 freestyle (44.76), missing first by only 19 hundreths of a second.
"He was very focused on the Ivy League," Ron Gercke, his club coach at the Arizona Country Club, told Swimming World. "That's his personality. Academics are first. He is so well balanced."
At the NCSA Junior Nationals Short Course Championships in Orlando, Fla., in March, Righi won the 50 freestyle in 20.09, captured the 100 freestyle in 44.24 and won the 100 backstroke in 47.63.