SANTOS, Brazil – Freshman Eva Fabian finished in second place at the FINA 10k Marathon Swimming World Cup on Sunday. Fabian took a short break from training with the Yale women's swimming and diving team this past week to travel to Santos, Brazil, for the first race of the eight-leg circuit of Open Water World Cup events. As the first major open water swimming event of this year the race featured several big names, including London 2012 gold medalist Eva Risztov of Hungary and bronze medalist Martina Grimaldi of Italy. It was another American, Emily Brunneman, who won the race and Rachele Brum from Italy took third.
"We are all very happy and proud of Eva's results in Brazil," said Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry. "She has earned today's success through a commitment to daily excellence and a never ending belief that hard work pays off. This is a step forward towards her goal of making the U.S. World Championship team at the USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in May."
Fabian went up against a very strong field of 37 swimmers from all over the world that included several Olympians from the London 2012 and Beijing 2008 Games. Among those racing was in Santos was the reigning World Cup Champion Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil. Fabian was also able to outswim Christine Jennings and Ashley Twichell, both of whom placed ahead of Fabian at the Open Water National Championships last summer. Full results from Sunday's race are forthcoming.
As Fabian returns to New Haven and resumes practicing with her teammates, she and the rest of the squad have the HYP meet against Harvard and Princeton to look forward to at the end of this week. The Crimson have some swimmers that will be good competition in distance events, including sophomore Kelsey Hojan-Clark, last year's Ivy League Champion in the 1000-yard freestyle and 1650-yard freestyle, and Courtney Otto, second-place in the 500-free at Ivy's last year.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity