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Forrester Stands Out on Day Two of Short Course Nationals

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

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The second day of racing at the AT&T Short Course National Championships concluded today with significant progress made by the Bulldogs.  After a hard day of competition yesterday, Yale did not have as many appearances today past the point of preliminaries.  However, sophomore Alexandra Forrester did give the Bulldogs their first A final appearance, finishing fifth in the 100-yard butterfly.

First for the Bulldogs this morning were the heats of the 200-yard medley relay.  The team of Molly Albrecht, Athena Liao, Alexandra Forrester and Hayes Hyde went 1:45.34, finishing in 15th position and putting them in the lane three for the evening's B final.  There the Bulldogs dropped nearly a second, clocking in at 1:44.36 to take fifth in the B final.

In the 100-yard butterfly the Bulldogs had their best result of the meet thus far.  Forrester arrived in Columbus with the fifth fastest seed time overall.  In the morning's preliminary swim she posted the second fastest time out of 86 total swimmers (52.49), finishing behind only USC's Lindsay De Paul who would go on to win the event.  Hyde finished in 43rd position with a time of 55.76, which was not fast enough to get a second race.  Forrester came back in the evening with a time of 52.70, which earned her a fifth place finish in Yale's first A final appearance at the meet.  She missed a spot on the podium by a mere 0.3 seconds.

The Bulldogs had swimmers in each of the next three individual events.  Joan Weaver swam a 1:52.47 in the heats of the 200-yard freestyle, finishing in 63rd place.  Liao then went 1:03.43 in the heats of the 100 breaststroke, finishing 38th out of 75 total swimmers.  Finally Albrecht posted a 57.77 in the prelims of the 100 back, which translated to a 59th place finish. 

In the last race of the day, the 800 free relay, the Bulldogs matched their seeding by finishing 13th.  The relay team of Hayes Hyde, Molly Albrecht, Ileana Lucos and Weaver finished in a time of 7:27.29.

The final day of racing at Short Course Nationals begins tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. with the heats of the 200-yard backstroke. 

The remainder of the women's swimming and diving team will be competing against the University of Vermont tomorrow.  The dual meet begins at 12:00 p.m. in Burlington, Vt.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity