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Forrester Opens Strong on Day One of NCAA Championships

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

AUBURN, Ala. – Pool records at Auburn's James E. Martin Aquatic Center fell in every swimming event on the first day of competition at the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.  Junior Alexandra Forrester swam in the prelims of the 50-yard freestyle, and despite putting up her second-fastest time of the season, did not earn a second race in the finals.

Forrester finished 43rd, exactly according to her seeding.  Her time of 22.71 put her in fourth place in the fourth of nine heats.  Forrester was just 0.08 seconds off her second-place time (22.63) from the 2012 Ivy League Championships that set a Yale record.  Her prelim time at Ivy's was also 22.71, meaning Forrester matched her second-best time of the season exactly.

Cal's Liv Jensen won the final of the 50 free with a time of 21.48.  Jensen had the third-fastest preliminary time but was able to get a decisive lead in the first 25 yards of the final and end up within 0.21 seconds of Lara Jackson's American record (21.27).

Forrester has her best chance at a second race in tomorrow's 100-yard butterfly where she is seeded 16th.  Forrester is the 2012 Ivy League Champion in the 100 fly and finished second at the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships in the 100-meter butterfly last December to qualify for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity