NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Though she has yet to set foot in Payne Whitney Gymnasium as a member of the Yale women's swimming and diving team, incoming freshman Eva Fabian (Keene, N.H.) already has her eyes on the Olympics. Fabian will make one last push to qualify for London this Friday when she competes in the 2012 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in Fort Myers, Fla. Fabian is the reigning champion in the 10k event from last year's national championships, and if she can place in the top two this Friday she will go on to represent the U.S. on June 9 in Setubal, Portugal, the last qualifying race for the 2012 London Olympics this August.
Fabian was recruited as part of the Class of 2015 but she chose to defer for one year to try to qualify for the 2012 Olympics. Last summer she finished 30th in the 10k event at the 2011 FINA Open Water World Championships, falling short of qualification. Most recently Fabian raced and won the 10k event at the 2012 Marathon Swimming World Cup in Patagones-Viedma, Argentina, on Feb. 4. Fabian posted the top time of 2 hours, 2 minutes and 8.11 seconds at the second stop on the eight-leg Marathon Cup circuit. Two years ago, she was the 2010 Open Water World Champion in the 5k and was named the 2010 USA Swimming Open Water Swimmer of the Year.
A competitive swimmer since the age of six, Fabian's focus has shifted to open water swimming ever since competing in her first open water race at age 12. The following year she made the U.S. swim team, and while she travels the world competing in open water swimming events, Fabian spends most of the year at home training with her father, Jack Fabian, who is the head swimming coach at Keene State College.
This Friday Fabian will have to finish either first or second out of the 25 swimmers registered to compete at Miromar Lake in Fort Myers. If Fabian can place in the top two she will head to Portugal in six weeks, where she will have to be the first American to finish in the top nine at the FINA Olympic 10km Marathon Swimming Qualifier in order to earn a spot at the London Olympics.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity