FORT MYERS, Fla. – Future Bulldog Eva Fabian (Keene, N.H.) finished fourth at the USA Swimming 10K Open Water National Championships on Friday. Fabian's time was one of her best for that distance, but was a few seconds shy of qualifying her for the FINA Olympic 10km Marathon Swimming Qualifier in Portugal next month.
Fabian clocked in at 2:03:56.55, a photo finish behind third-place Christine Jennings (Longmont, Colo.) with a time of 2:03:56.45. Ashley Twichell (Fayetteville, N.Y.) finished first with a time of 2:03:06.03, followed by Haley Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) in second (2:03:50.44). Twichell and Anderson will now represent the U.S. in Setubal, Portugal, on June 9, where the first American to finish in the top nine will go to the 2012 London Olympics.
A lead pack of swimmers was established early in the race, but Twichell pulled away during the fifth of six laps, leaving the remaining swimmers to fight it out for the second qualifying spot. Less than 12 seconds separated second place from ninth place.
Full results are available here.
Although Fabian's finish will not get her a spot at the FINA Olympic Qualifier in Portugal, her time from Friday is still one of her best. Clocking in at just under two hours and four minutes, Fabian's performance would have beat her own winning time of 2:18:31.26 from last year's 10k Open Water National Championships, as well as her time from last year's 10k Open Water World Championships in Shanghai, China, where she finished 30th in 2:05:41.9.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity