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