July 21, 2011

Fabian Finishes 30th at Open Water World Championships

Reigning U.S. Champion Has Fast Time on Jinshan City Beach

SHANGHAI, China – Eva Fabian (Keene, N.H.), an incoming swimmer on the Yale women's swimming and diving team, finished in 30th place in the women's 10k open water swim at the 2011 FINA World Championships on Tuesday.  In a field of more than 50 swimmers Fabian endured both hot and humid conditions as well as feeding difficulties to finish in the middle of the pack and still post a very competitive time.

Fabian swam a time of 2:05:41.9, nearly 13 minutes faster than her winning time of 2:18:31.26 at the 10k Open Water National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., back in June.  Less than four minutes separated Fabian in 30th position from the winning time.  The top 10 finishing spots – also the 10 qualifying spots for the 2012 Olympics in London – went to swimmers from 10 different countries, meaning no single country's delegation of athletes dominated the field.  Fabian's teammate on the U.S. National Team, Christine Jennings, finished in 13th place with a time of 2:02:24.6. Great Britain's Keri-Anne Payne, who becomes the first British athlete to qualify for the London games, led from start to finish where she clocked in at 2:01:58.1.

See a full list of results here.

This fall Fabian will compete at the Pan American Games as well as on the FINA World Cup Circuit, where she will have more opportunities to make the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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