Bulldogs Have Solid Start on First Day of Short Course Nationals

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Alexandra Forrester. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Things were off to a quick start at the AT&T Short Course Nationals today as heats and finals for four events took place, along with the preliminaries for the 400-yard medley relay.  Despite Yale only having six swimmers in Columbus, the Bulldogs progressed out of the preliminaries in three of the four events, winning the B final of the 200-yard freestyle relay. 

In the heats of the 200 free relay the Yale team of Alexandra Forrester, Ileana Lucos, Hayes Hyde and Joan Weaver took 14th with a time of 1:35.05.  To get to the A final the Bulldogs would have had to beat 10th place Northwestern University A (1:34.25).  Nevertheless Forrester, Lucos, Hyde and Weaver earned themselves a second race and went on to win the B final in 1:33.86.  Forrester got out quick, giving Yale a half second lead over the other nine relay teams.  The team from SwimMAC Carolina, however, had a second leg swimmer that went sub-23, and so it was Hyde who posted a time 0.6 seconds faster than she had in the morning that enabled Yale to get out in front again and ultimately take first in the B final.  The University of Southern California won the event 1:29.57, setting a new course record.

Yale had two swimmers in the heats of the 500-yard freestyle. Weaver finished in a time of 5:02.29.  Molly Albrecht finished in 30th position with 4:51.75, good enough for a spot in the C final later in the day.  Albrecht's time there was 4:53.98, which put her in ninth place in the C final.  Hyde then posted a time of 2:05.00 in the 200 IM, beating more than 20 swimmers, but did not move on to finals.

Forrester finished 18th in the heats of the 50 free with a time of 23 seconds flat.  She came back in the evening with a time of 23.03, finishing eighth in the B final.  Olympic silver medalist Kara Lynn Joyce won the event in a time of 22.17.

At the very end of the day the Bulldogs swam in the prelims of the 400-yard medley relay for the teams with the slowest 16 seed times.  Of those 16 teams, Yale placed sixth with 3:45.88.  Semifinals and finals will be contested later. 

Racing picks up again tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. with the heats of the 200-yard medley relay.

A live stream of the meet is available here via swimnetwork.com and Ustream.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity