AUBURN, Ala. – Junior Alexandra Forrester exceed expectations Friday when she finished sixth in the nation at the 2012 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. Forrester outperformed her seeding in the 100-yard butterfly and broke her own Yale record in the event twice, first in the afternoon preliminaries and then again in the evening's A final.
In the prelims of the 100-yard butterfly Forrester posted a time of 51.95, the fourth-fastest time in the field. Forrester was seeded 16th out of more than 50 swimmers vying for a spot in the evening's two finals. She qualified for a spot at NCAA's with a time of 52.51 from the prelims of the 2012 Ivy League Championships, and would go on to capture the Ivy League title with a time 52.53. The A-cut for the event is 52.02, and Friday afternoon Forrester was one of four swimmers to meet that benchmark. She improved on her seed time by a margin of 0.56 seconds, the most of any of the eight swimmers headed to the A final. Forrester's prelim time broke her own Yale record in the event, clocking in faster than the 52.35 that won her the B final of the 100 fly at the 2010 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.
Forrester improved on her time from the prelims in the evening's 100 fly final, touching the wall in 51.93 for sixth place. Forrester was in first after 50 yards with a split time of 23.76 and again first at the wall with 25 yards to go. On the homestretch the others in the field were able to chase her down, as it was Cal's Sara Isakovic who would finish first in a time of 51.49.
Tomorrow Forrester will race in her third event of the meet, the 100-yard freestyle. Forrester is seeded 51st out of 76 total swimmers, qualifying with a B-cut time of 49.58 from the prelims at Ivy's. Four swimmers have met this year's A-cut of 47.84, the fastest belonging to Auburn's Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (46.61).
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity