COZUMEL, Mexico – In an exciting weekend for Yale athletics, freshman swimmer Eva Fabian was the top American finisher at the FINA World Cup race in Cozumel, Mexico, on Saturday. This race is the fourth stop on the eight-leg circuit of the 2013 FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup. Fabian's finish in Cozumel is her second podium finish on the circuit, the first being another second-place finish in Brazil back in January.
Fabian was one of seven Americans on a start list that included 50 female swimmers representing 15 countries. She raced a very smart and tactical race against a current on Saturday, with a lead coming into the finish. In the final moments of the race Fabian was passed and got caught up in a buoy but was able to rally and put herself back towards the front by the end.
In the end Fabian finished second with a time of 2:09:39.40, and exactly half a second separated the top three finishers in the race. London 2012 bronze medalist Martina Grimaldi of Italy won with a time of 2:09.39.20, and Italy's Rachele Bruni was third with a time of 2:09:39.70.
Complete results are available here.
As the top American finisher in Cozumel Fabian finds herself in a good spot heading into the 2013 U.S. Open Water National Championships in Castaic Lake, Calif, next month. A win there would qualify Fabian for the FINA World Championships, as was the case at the 2011 10k Open Water National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where she finished first.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity