NEW HAVEN, Conn. – For the first time in a long time, the Yale women's swimming and diving team will be led by a diver. Rachel Rosenberg, an art major in Davenport College who hails from Strongsville, Ohio, is the senior-most member of the small but distinguished Bulldog diving squad. Rosenberg will take over leadership duties from outgoing captain Annie Killian.
"I am so honored to have the privilege of leading the team for the next year," said Rosenberg. "The swimmers and divers have always been very close, and now this marks our final unification. Annie has done an incredible job keeping the team positive through last season's full coaching staff overhaul."
When Rosenberg arrived in New Haven in the fall of 2008, Frank Keefe was still at the helm of the Bulldog swimming and diving program. It was announced in the spring of her freshman year that Keefe would step down after the 2009-2010 season, making way for Cristina Teuscher to step in as Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming and Diving and for Toni Pullman to come on as assistant coach. Most recently, Chris Bergère was brought on as the team's new diving coach just days before this season's home opener against Columbia. Rosenberg will be working closely with Teuscher, Pullman, Bergère and her fellow seniors in leading the team to a winning season next year.
As a sophomore Rosenberg was conference champion in the three-meter event. She placed first at the 2010 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships with a score of 291.60, for which she received first team All-Ivy honors and was named Diver of the Meet.
Rosenberg's best meets this year were at Navy and home against Brown. She broke 300 points on three-meter at both meets, a milestone in diving she had not previously achieved. She also won the one-meter event against Brown, putting up 290.92 points to set a new personal record by 15 points. Two weeks later at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships she placed 10th on three-meter and third on one-meter. She finished her season at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships where she placed 23rd on one-meter and 14th on three-meter.
"For spring training and next season I hope to continue on the same path toward achieving our goals within the league and beyond," said Rosenberg. "We've got an incredibly talented class of freshmen joining us in the fall and are anticipating an exciting year of fast swims and ripped dives. This team is growing into something great and I'm proud to be able to represent it on campus and abroad."
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity