Bulldogs Finish Meet in Second Place
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – After the third and final day of competition at the Brown Invitational on Sunday, the Yale women's swimming and diving team held on to its second-place position. The Bulldogs finished out the weekend with 802 points, in between first-place Princeton (1024) and third-place Brown (618). On Friday Alexandra Forrester broke her own Yale record in the 50-yard freestyle, and on Sunday she did the same for her school record in the 100-yard freestyle. While Forrester excelled in the sprint freestyle events this weekend, Eva Fabian did the same in the distance events, winning the 500-yard freestyle and breaking the Yale record in the 1000-yard freestyle on her way to breaking a 19-year old school record in the 1650-yard freestyle. All told the Bulldogs produced more than 35 personal best times over the course of the weekend.
"It was a great team effort on all three days of the meet," said Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry. "We have learned a ton about who we are and how we can work together to achieve more than as individuals. These back-to-back invitational meets (BU & Brown) have given us great lessons on what we need to improve. Breaking four school records mid-season is a credit to the work the team has put in to date. There is a great deal of work to be done for us to reach our team goals. I am confident looking forward that we will apply what we have learned and get better on a daily basis."
Sunday evening started with Forrester's win in the 100-yard freestyle. The previous Yale record in the event was 49.58, set by Forrester herself at Ivy's last year. On Sunday morning she posted a time of 50.10 only to come back in the evening and lower that mark by almost a whole second. Forrester's winning time was a quick 49.12, good enough to beat the NCAA B-cut time of 49.99. Cynthia Tsay and Joan Weaver also swam in the A final, finishing sixth (51.30) and seventh (51.48), respectively.
While Forrester lowered her own school records from just a few months ago, Fabian took down some much older records in the 1650-yard freestyle. Before Sunday the previous Yale record was 16:37.63, set in 1993 by Suzanne Heizer '96; additionally the former Yale record in 1000-yard freestyle was 10:01.83, set in 2002 by Heidi Kraus '03. Fabian broke Kraus' record in the 1000 on her way to shattering the school record in the 1650 by posting a time of 16:18.75, a time well under this year's NCAA B-Cut of 16:30.59. Casey Lincoln finished in second place with a time of 16:38.14, and Molly Albrecht made it three Bulldogs in the top five with a time of 16:57.56 for fifth place.
Albrecht then came right back to race in the A final of the 200-yard backstroke, finishing seventh with a time of 2:04.14. Courtney Randolph won the B final with a time of 2:04.00 that would have beat Albrecht's time for seventh place.
In the 200-yard breaststroke Emma Smith and Jacqui Levere were neck and neck for the duration of the race. Levere had the faster time in the morning heats but this time Smith touched the wall first. Her time was 2:21.29, with Levere right behind her in a time of 2:21.74.
After her win in the 100 fly on Saturday, Forrester comfortably won the 200-yard butterfly on Sunday. Forrester had a lead of 0.84 seconds after the first 50 yards and grew the lead on the second 50 as the only one to post a sub-30 split. Forrester's final time was 1:56.99, with second place going to Princeton's Beverly Nguyen (1:59.35). Fabian also swam in the A final, clocking in at 2:04.24 for seventh place.
Yale's 400-yard freestyle relay team of Weaver, Tsay, Forrester and Callie Fosburgh finished second with a time of 3:21.21 to close out the meet. This group put together the fastest time the team has seen so far this season, more than four seconds faster than the time they posted at the Terrier Invite two weeks ago. Princeton made out with the win in a time of 3:20.54.
With the conclusion of the Brown Invitational the Bulldogs are done racing for 2012. Next they will travel to Florida for winter training before the racing resumes in 2013.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity