Righi ’09 sets meet record at Nike Cup

Demonstrating their depth, both the men and women’s swim teams split over the weekend to compete in two separate meets.

One men’s squad headed down to Chapel Hill, N.C. for the Nike Cup and the other traveled to Boston for the Terrier Invitational. The Bulldogs placed fifth in a pool of seven teams in the tournament down south with 340 points. In the competition among five schools in Boston, the Elis nabbed the second place spot, scoring 905 points.

The women’s team competed in the Nike Cup and tallied up 99.5 points, which put them in last place of seven teams. The other members of the squad swam in the Boston University Invitational and finished seventh out of ten teams with 391.5 points.

In North Carolina, Alex Righi ’09 crushed his opponents in the 100-yard freestyle. Not only did he win first place and add 20 points to his team’s total, but he also smashed the Nike Cup Invitational record in the event with a time of 43.31. In the 400-yard freestyle relay, Kyle Veatch ’11, Chris Pool ’09, Tom Robinson ’10 and Righi combined for a seventh place finish of 3:03.88 to earn 24 points.

“In terms of numbers, we had a lot fewer people at the meet than some of the other teams, so our placing reflected that,” Kyle McElroy ’09 said. “Individually, everyone swam really well, and everybody had at least a couple season best times.”

On the women’s side, Ileana Lucos ’11 and Brittany Iacouzze ’11 made point contributions in their respective races. Lucos came in third in the 200-yard butterfly to add 16 points onto Yale’s total. Iacouzze finished ninth in the 1650-yard freestyle for nine points.

“I just go in there and do the best I can,” Iacouzze previously said. “I know the team is doing the same.”

Back in Boston, rookie Bulldogs were also making a splash in the men’s competition. Matt Lee ’11 finished first in the 1650-yard freestyle event with 15:58.46, and teammate Jerold Lee ’11 earned the seventh place spot in the same event. The two combined to earn Yale 32 points overall in the race.

“The team performed very well, and there were several standout individuals that contributed to the team’s success,” Colin McCarthy ’10 said. “Even though the full team was not together, we still had a very strong showing, and many people had season best times.”

Captain Caroline Dowd ’08, who placed fourth in the 200-yard breaststroke to put 15 points on the scoreboard for the Bulldogs, anchored the women’s team. In the 200-yard butterfly, Blake Walsh ’09 took ninth place and earned the team nine points.

“Overall, both teams did well and demonstrated our potential for the second half of the season against Ivy League teams as well as in the championship meets,” McCarthy said.

Both teams took time off for Thanksgiving after last weekend’s competitions. The teams will compete next in the USA Short Course Nationals in Atlanta, Ga. and the Nutmeg Invitational in New Haven.

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