Seven Yale Swimmers To Compete At U.S. Open

Dec. 1, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - While most of the Bulldogs will be hosting and competing this Saturday and Sunday at the Nutmeg Invitational, seven of Yale's top swimmers have traveled to Auburn, Ala., for the US Open Meet which runs today through Saturday. A number of U.S. Olympic swimmers and high-profile international stars are slated to compete as well at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center. Approximately 600 athletes are registered for the meet.

Head coach Frank Keefe is sending only those men's and women's swimmers - six men and one women - who have qualified for U.S. Nationals. A larger number of other swimmers on both Yale's squads have qualified for the US Open. Because of its proximity to reading week and finals exams, and also coming off both teams recent extended travels and victories at the Patriot Invitational just before the Thanksgiving recess, the decision was made to send only the national qualifiers.

Junior Moira McCloskey, who will be swimming the 100 and 200 yard backstrokes and the 200 yard individual medley, leads the way. The men competing are juniors Ben Dzialo and Andrew Foss, sophomores Colin Stalnecker and Billy Rubenstein, as well as freshmen Dennen McCloskey and Alex Righi. All six will compete in individual events and on relays against many of the best collegiate and club swimmers in the country.

Omega will carry live results from the competition at www.omegatiming.com. In addition, session summaries and other coverage can be found on www.usaswimming.org. Prelims will begin each morning at 9:30 a.m., with finals at 6 p.m. Auburn is on Central Standard Time.

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