41.91!

A full recap will come for all of the events tonight… but it has to be noted…

Alex Righi just went 41.91 in the 100 Free.

That is the third fastest time in the nation this year!

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and… here… we… go…

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Tonight’s the night… And we’re tonight’s entertainment… 1650’s are in the pool.

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where are my people at?

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So I’ve been slacking a bit on updates to my little fan appreciation thing… but we’re still behind the 8-ball. Still no contact from “Super Dog”… which makes makes my heart hurt.

I’m thinking the 50 states and a couple of countries is now out of reach but we can make a significant push on the final night. Make it happen! And even if your state is represented… chances are pretty good that your town isn’t… so represent where you are from! The kiddies love to see that their families and friends are checking in.

Domestic(ated) Ivies

California — Los Angeles (greetings to you, Yale’s Alex Goldsmith), Napa Valley (keeping it flavorful in wine country), Cotati

Colorado — Denver

Connecticut — Greenwich

Delaware — Wilmington

Florida — Ft. Myers

Georgia — Savannah, Macon

Illinois — Chicago

Louisiana — Nawlin’s!

Massachusetts — Amherst, Natick

Missouri — St. Louis

New Hampshire — Nashau

New Jersey — Bridgewater

New York — Ithaca

North Carolina — Durham, Huntersville

Ohio — Akron, Columbus

Pennsylvania — Philadelphia, Altoona, Lehigh, Wyncote

South Carolina — Columbia

Tennessee — Jackson

Vermont — Burlington

International Ivies

Tallinn, Estonia — Tere! Greetings to our friends coming in from the Gulf of Finland. Hope all is well in the capital and largest city in the Republic of Estonia.

Xiuning, Anhui, China — Welcome back to our friends who had checked out the Women’s blog and are now here for the Men’s too!

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heading into the final program

Saturday is always an early start for the Ivies because the teams prep for the 1650y Freestyle (with the exception of the top-timed swimmers) and report at around 4:30 pm to participate in the first and second heats.

The official start for the finals remains at 6 pm. In the night program, senior members of the respective teams will be recognized and then the action will begin. On tap will be five races and the 3m Diving championship finals. Upon completion of the final event — the 400y Free Relay — team awards and the three individual awards will take center stage. Up for grabs are the Moriarty Trophy (High-Point Swimmer), Michael Trophy (High-Point Diver) and the Ulen Trophy (High-Point Career).

The expectations for tonight are huge. After seeing top-10 collegiate times in the preliminaries in several events… the buzz is that some exceptional marks are going to be registered tonight. Pay close attention to Alex Righi, Doug Lennox and Dan Eckel tonight.

Princeton continues to lead the overall competition fairly comfortably, however all of the positions are still up for grabs. Bring the speed tonight, gentlemen. Bring it like its never been brought before.

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righi romps in 100 free prelims; lowers mark to 42.18

Yale’s Alex Righi is fast.

[Just how fast is he?]

Righi is so fast that…

[Oh, yeah, that punchline doesn’t work with the extra consonant… anyway…]

He’s fast. Trust me, he’s fast. To the tune that he just lowered the 5th-fastest time in the nation in the 100y Freestyle — in prelims!

Righi dropped the meet, League and pool records down to 42.18 after knifing through the DeNunzio waters — setting up what could be an epic display in the nightcap.

The Eli already had the No. 5 time in the nation — according to CollegeSwimming.com — with a 42.31. The top-4 times are all under the 42 second mark but Righi rises to the occasion when medals are on the line.

Don’t be surprised if the senior makes a run not only at a sub-:42 time, but also moves up a rung or two in the fastest times this year.

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about lennox's opening stanza

I have solicited the help of some of the most respected swimming minds that I know to find out the following information: Princeton’s Doug Lennox now owns all of the 200y Freestyle records as a result of his leg of the 800y Freestyle Relay from last night.

After consulting with meet directors (past and present), coaches, officials and the NCAA Rule Book — it was clear that Lennox’s time was an official mark.

The following is an explicit statement directly from the NCAA Rule Book: “Record times will be recognized for performances by a competitor who swims the first leg of a relay race.”

Lennox, of course, swam the opening leg of the 800 Free Relay in a time of 1:33.50. His exploits lowered the mark set earlier in the night by .85 seconds. Therefore, all of the records for 200y Free — meet, League and pool — are his and his alone.

Congrats Doug!

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that was a ridiculously fun [and fast] night

Scores will be updated — if you’d like to know the results just look at the bottom of the 800 Free Relay.

I’m heading home right now… but that was worth the price of admission right there (which for me is free… but that’s besides the point…)

Princeton leads heading into the final stretch… but there is at least a few more records out there to break, right fellas?

See you tomorrow! In the meantime — email me and let me know what town/state you are checking in from… and tell your friends to do the same —

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