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Righi Reaches Final at Nationals

Righi Reaches Final at Nationals

Aug. 6, 2007

INDIANAPOLIS--Yale junior Alex Righi swam in three events at the USA Swimming National Championships last weekend, reaching the final in the 100 meter backstroke. He finished eighth in that event, and also competed in the 50 and 100 meter freestyles.

Righi's preliminary time of 55.94 seconds in the 100 meter backstroke was the eighth-fastest morning swim and earned him a place in the final. In the final, he posted a 55.58 clocking, easily meeting the qualifying standard for next summer's Olympic Trials.

He also qualified for the Olympic Trials in the two other events he swam in Indianapolis: the 50 and 100 meter freestyles. Righi reached the "B" final in the 50 free, posting the 16th-best time in the preliminaries (23.28 seconds). He took ninth overall in the event, swimming a personal-best time of 22.87 seconds to win the "B" final. Righi placed 23rd in the 100 free, putting up times of 50.38 seconds in the prelims and 50.70 seconds in the "C" final.

Righi won two medals at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, earlier this summer. He won a gold medal as a member of the 4x100 meter medley relay team and a silver in the 4x100 meter freestyle relay.

Report filed by Joe Clifford, Yale Sports Publicity