AUBURN, Ala. – Junior Alexandra Forrester scratched from the prelims of the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday, but only after delivering one of the best swims the Bulldogs have had at the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in recent years. Forrester finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly on Friday, breaking her own Yale record in the prelims and then again in the finals. Forrester also posted a competitive time in the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday but did not make it to either of the evening's finals. The conclusion of this meet marks the end of the 2011-12 season for the Yale women's swimming and diving team.
On Thursday Forrester competed in the 50-yard freestyle, finishing in 43rd in the prelims with a time of 22.71. Forrester was seeded 43rd heading into the meet with her time of 22.63 from the 2012 Ivy League Championships that set a Yale record and earned her second-team All-Ivy honors.
Forrester's big moment came Friday when she finished fourth in the heats of the 100-yard butterfly. She dove off the blocks seeded 16th with a time of 52.51 from the prelims at Ivy's, but finished the race below the A-cut standard of 52.02, clocking in at 51.95. Forrester's prelim time broke her previous Yale record of 52.35 that won the B final at the 2010 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. In the evening's A final Forrester led the race for the first 75 yards but was caught on the homestretch. She went on improve on her time from the prelims, finishing sixth with a time of 51.93.
At the 2012 Ivy League Championships Forrester brought in three first-team selections and three second-team selections. Forrester won the 100-yard butterfly and picked up two more first-team selections as part of the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay, both of which set Yale records. Forrester's three second-team selections came from the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle – where she broke her own Yale records and had the fastest preliminary times heading into the final – and as part of the 400-yard medley relay.
This season the Bulldogs finished tied for fourth place in the Ivy League. Yale ended up with a record of 3-4, with wins over Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn and losses to Brown, Columbia, Harvard and Princeton. At Ivy's the team finished third and seven members of the Bulldog roster earned All-Ivy honors, with Hayes Hyde being named Career High Point Swimmer. Captain Rachel Rosenberg was named Diver of the Meet for finishing second on one meter and winning the three-meter event with a new Ivy League record of 340.00 points. With Forrester returning from Auburn the 2011-12 season officially comes to a close, but Molly Albrecht, Forrester, Hyde and Athena Liao will continue to train for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., this June.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity