Yale Finishes Fourth at Ivy League Championships
Forrester Gets Another A-Cut in 200 Fly, Meneses Named Career High Point Diver
PRINCETON, N.J. – After 21 events and three days of competition the Yale women's swimming and diving team finished in fourth place at the 2013 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships. The Bulldogs racked up a total of 1049 points; the meet was won by Princeton with 1474.5 points, followed by Harvard (1374) and Columbia (1132). On day three Yale brought home Ivy League records in the 200-yard butterfly and the 400-yard freestyle relay, and senior Paige Meneses was named the Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver.
"The team success that we experienced at Ivy's was a result of hard work and trust," said Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry. "The work throughout the season was consistently strong from captain's practices until the day we left for the championship. More importantly the team trusted the plan and each other to reach their goals. To achieve 14 new school records (out of a possible 19 events) this season and three Ivy League marks is an amazing accomplishment. We are primed to swim our best at the NCAA Championships starting March 21 in Indianapolis."
The first event of the morning was the 200-yard backstroke, where senior Molly Albrecht was Yale's top finisher with a time of 2:00.58 for 12th place. Junior Courtney Randolph was right behind her with a time of 2:00.62 for 13th place.
In the 100-yard freestyle senior captain Joan Weaver finished third with a time of 49.78, which gets her an NCAA B-Cut. Senior Cynthia Tsay would also be racing in the A final, clocking in at 49.99 to take seventh and match the B-Cut exactly. Freshman Callie Fosburgh would go to the C final with a time of 51.54 for 19th place.
In the 200-yard breaststroke freshman Emma Smith finished fifth with a time of 2:16.23. Sophomore Jacqui Levere just missed out on the A final with a time of 2:17.69 for 10th place. Sophomore Cassidy Lapp finished 17th with a time of 2:19.88 and would go to the C final, as would sophomore Elizabeth Larsen who was 21st with a time of 2:22.41.
After her record-setting win in the 100-yard butterfly on Friday, senior Alexandra Forrester had another stellar performance in the heats of the 200-yard butterfly on Saturday. She clocked in at 1:54.60, making the NCAA A-Cut exactly and winning the prelims by nearly five whole seconds. This beats the Ivy League and pool record of 1:54.84 set in 2010, as well as her meet record of 1:55.78 from 2010.
Freshman Eva Fabian followed up her win in the 1000-yard freestyle on Friday with a win in another distance event on Saturday, the 1,650-yard freestyle. She lowered her own Yale record (formerly 16:18.75) in the event, setting a new mark with her winning time of 16:09.81. Fabian had close to a six-second margin of victory over Penn's Shelby Fortin. Freshman Casey Lincoln finished third with a time of 16:27.57, meaning both Fabian and Lincoln made the NCAA B-Cut of 16:30.59.
In the 200-yard backstroke Albrecht and Randolph finished 12th and 13th, respectively. Albrecht clocked in at 2:00.75, while Randolph was behind her with a time of 2:01.17.
Weaver then finished fifth in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 50.01. Tsay rounded out the A final with a time of 50.15 for eighth place. Fosburgh won the C final to finish 17th with a time of 50.95, the 11th-fastest time across all three finals.
Smith got her second B-cut in the A final of the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:15.85 for fifth place. Levere raced in the B final, finishing 13th with a time of 2:19.07. Lapp and Larsen also posted some competitive times, with 2:19.94 for 19th place and 2:20.57 for 20th place, respectively.
After winning the prelims by a country mile Forrester won the 200-yard butterfly final as well. She touched at 1:55.35, this time a margin of victory of more than two seconds.
In the three-meter diving final Meneses finished second with a score of 292.45 points. Meneses was named the Ron Keenhold Career High Point Diver at the conclusion of the meet.
To close out the meet the Bulldogs set an Ivy record in the 400-yard freestyle relay with a time of 3:18.44. The lineup of Tsay, Fosburgh, Forrester and Weaver shattered the previous Yale record of 3:20.21 that Forrester, Tsay and Weaver helped to set at Ivy's last year. The previous Ivy League record was 3:20.17 set by Princeton in 2011, and their time also meets the NCAA B-Cut of 3:19.49 in the event.
All told the Bulldogs set Yale records in the following events: 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 400-yard IM, 500-yard freestyle, 1000-yard freestyle, 1,650-yard freestyle, 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay and the 400-yard freestyle relay.
Forrester met two NCAA A-Cuts over the course of the weekend, meaning she has a guaranteed berth for the national championships. Five other swimmers, including Fabian, Lincoln, Smith, Tsay and Weaver have at least one B-Cut and could be joining Forrester at NCAA's. Additionally Meneses met the NCAA zone diving qualifying standard on both one meter and three meter, meaning she has earned a spot to compete at the 2013 Zone A Diving Championships.
For most of the squad Ivy's marks the end of the 2012-13 season. Next on the schedule for Forrester and maybe a few others are the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Mar. 21-13 in Indianapolis, Ind.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity