NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Eva Fabian is having an excellent first season at Yale. As part of a strong contingent of freshmen on the women's swimming and diving team, she has already broken the 19-year-old Yale record in the 1650-yard freestyle, as well as the 10-yard-old school record in the 1000-yard freestyle. She has been an integral part of the team which sports a 4-0 dual meet record against four Ivy League opponents so far and a first-place finish at Boston University's Terrier Invitational last November. But come Sunday Fabian will take a break from representing her university and instead represent her country. This weekend Fabian will compete as an American entry in the first race on the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup Circuit in Santos, Brazil.
"Eva's success in swimming has come through hard work and a commitment to finding new avenues to improve with each practice," said Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach James Henry. "She brings an attitude of toughness and enjoyment combined. It has been amazing to see the change Eva has on those around her. I have become a better coach and her teammates have become better swimmers because of her drive to succeed and her commitment to the process."
The venue for Sunday's race is a beach course, comprised of four 2.5-kilometer loops. The 10k Olympic distance is one Fabian knows well. In February 2012, she raced and won the 10k event at a World Cup in Patagones-Viedma, Argentina. Fabian had hoped to claim one of the top two spots at the 2012 USA Swimming 10K Open Water National Championships, but she finished fourth and did not advance to the Olympic qualifying race. Her résumé is still replete with Open Water swimming titles, including wins at the 2011 10k Open Water National Championships, the 2010 5k Open Water World Championships and the 2009 5k Open Water National Championships. In 2010 she was named the USA Swimming Open Water Swimmer of the Year.
Fabian is one of five American entries listed for Sunday's race in Santos. Also scheduled to compete are Emily Brunemann, Heidi George, Ashley Twichell and Christine Jennings. Twichell finished first at Nationals last year, while Jennings took third ahead of Fabian in a photo finish. A total of 37 swimmers from 12 countries are listed as entered, including London 2012 gold medalist Eva Risztov of Hungary and bronze medalist Martina Grimaldi of Italy.
The 2013 circuit of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup kicks off in Santos, Sao Paulo, Brazil on Jan. 27. More information on the event is available here.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity