March 23, 2013

Forrester Breaks Own Ivy Record on Day Three at NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Yale's two swimmers at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships finished out the season strong on Saturday.  Freshman Eva Fabian posted a competitive time in the 1,650-yard freestyle, but the highlight of the day was senior Alexandra Forrester setting a personal best in the 200-yard butterfly that would break her own Ivy League record.

"I am so proud of Alex and Eva," said Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry.  "We gained a great deal of experience and grew tremendously as a team.  To learn from adversity and finish with such strong swims from both of them is tremendous.  For Alex to break another school record in winning the consolation final with a time that would have been third in the meet is the perfect way to end a great season for Yale swimming and diving."

In the morning heats of the 200-yard butterfly Forrester posted a time of 1:55.80.  Her time put her tied with Ohio State's Shannon Draves for 11th place and she would go on to swim in the B final.

Fabian then swam in the 1,650-yard freestyle where she finished 23rd out of 41 with a time of 16:13.94.  Fabian added time from her performance at the Ivy League Championships, where she finished first with a time of 16:09.81.  Her time from Saturday, however, is her second-fastest time this season and represents a lot of progress since the Terrier Invitational back in November where she won the event with a time of 16:43.55.

To finish out the meet, the season and her Yale swimming career, Forrester won the B final of the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:54.49.  She led from the start, owning a 0.53-second lead after the first 50 yards.  Forrester's lead would grow marginally from there and she would go on to win by three-quarters of a second.  Her time of 1:54.49 beats the 1:54.60 she swam in the prelims at Ivy's and will now stand as the Yale record in the event.  All Ivy League records must be set at the Ivy League Championships and so the 1:54.60 will stand.

The A final of the 100 fly was won by Texas A&M's Cammile Adams with a time of 1:52.61.  Forrester's time would have placed her third in the A final.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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