Leads Yale Into New Era
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women’s swimming and diving team have elected junior Annie Killian their captain for the 2010-11 season. Killian hails from Nashville, Tenn., and swims distance freestyle for the Bulldogs. Killian will take over duties from outgoing captain Andrea Clifford.
With Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming Frank Keefe retiring this year, Killian will be leading the Bulldogs into a new era.
“I'm honored that the team chose me to lead them through the transition to a new coach next year,” said Killian. “I'm lucky to be a member of a strong class of men and women, so I believe that we as seniors will be up to the challenge of beginning a new era in Yale swimming and diving. The women's team just finished a spectacular season. We have a strong class of freshmen coming in.”
Killian was part of a team that had Yale’s best finish at the Ivy League Championship in recent memory. Killian swam in three finals for the Bulldogs in the 500-yard freestyle, 1000-yard freestyle, and 1650-yard freestyle. In the 1000-yard, she took 12th with a time of 10:17.99. She followed that up with a 24th-place finish in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:05.84. She saved her best for last in the 1650-yard freestyle on the final day. She finished in eighth with a time of 17:01.29. The Bulldogs are hoping to build off that success with many of their key swimmers returning.
“There's plenty of excitement about our goals for next year,” said Killian. “I see my job as captain to channel that energy into unifying the team and promoting a strong work ethic so that we can achieve those goals. I am here to serve the team, to gather ideas and put them into action, to be a cheerleader, to set a positive tone, and to believe in the potential of every one of my teammates.”
Report filed by Charles Moore ’10, Yale Sports Publicity