Forrester Takes 10th at NCAAs, Kim 12th

Susan Kim. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Susan Kim. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Kim Concludes Decorated Yale Career

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Senior Susan Kim and Freshman Alex Forrester wrapped up competition at the NCAA Championships Saturday night with 12th and 10th place finishes, respectively.  Kim took 12th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:09.85.  Forrester took 10th in the 200-yard butterfly with her time of 1:55.32.

Both girls got off to shaky starts in the morning preliminaries.  Kim finished with the 13th fastest time of 2:10.72.  Had she swum her personal best time of 2:09.37, she would have easily qualified for the A final.  However, after failing to qualify for the finals in the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday, it was a much better result for the senior from Rockville, Md.

Forrester also was unable to put up a personal best time in the morning and instead swam 1:56.73.  Had she swum her best of 1:55.78, she too would have made the A final.

Kim made a big improvement for the night session, dropping nearly a second off her preliminary time.  She swam 2:09.85 which would have put her in seventh place had she been in the A final.  Alicia Atkinson of Texas A&M won the event with a time of 2:07.38, breaking the pool record.

Forrester also improved from the morning and managed to break her own personal best time by .46 seconds.  Her time of 1:55.32 was good enough to take second in the B bracket and 10th overall.  Elaine Breeden of Stanford won the event with a time of 1:52.39.

This marks end of the season for Forrester and the end of a decorated career for Kim.  Kim heads to graduation holding the Yale, Ivy League Championship and Ivy League records in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.  She was also named “Swimmer of the Meet” at this year's Ivy League Championship and earned four All-Ivy selections.

Report filed by Charles Moore ’10, Yale Sports Publicity