NEW HAVEN, Conn. – At the annual team banquet last week it was announced that junior Chelsea Dunlap will serve as captain of the Yale women's swimming and diving team next year. Dunlap, who hails from Southlake, Texas, is a history major in Branford College. She will take over leadership duties from outgoing captain Joan Weaver.
"Dani and I are looking forward to working with Chelsea as captain," said Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry. "I believe she has the positive attitude and drive to lead this team to a great season. I have been impressed with her ability to overcome adversity and to never give up on herself or this team. Next year she will have a great group of fellow seniors to help her guide the rest of the team on a daily basis."
During her last year at Carroll Senior High School Dunlap was an All-American in the 100-yard breaststroke, 200-yard medley relay and 200-yard freestyle relay, helping to set school records in the latter two. She was integral in taking Carroll to a third-place finish in the state as a senior while sophomore Cassidy Lapp was a junior at Carroll.
Dunlap also swam for the North Texas Nadadores Club Team, and was a long course Junior National and Senior National qualifier in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke events. She was sectional champion in the 200-yard breaststroke in the summer of 2009.
In her freshman year Dunlap competed in the 200-yard and 100-yard breaststroke at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships, where the team finished fifth.
As a sophomore Dunlap was the recipient of the Harry Burke Award for outstanding contribution to Yale Swimming by an underclassman. At the 2012 Ivy League Championships she improved on her times from freshman year in both the 200- and 100-yard breaststroke, and helped the team improve its finish to third place overall.
Sidelined by an injury for much of the 2012-13 season, Dunlap has gained an interesting perspective on the team's performance.
"This team is filled with amazing girls that I highly respect," said Dunlap. "I am very humbled to have been elected captain by this team. There are a lot of fast swimmers and strong leaders in the Class of 2014, so I feel extremely honored and privileged to have been chosen. I hope to use my experiences from the past three seasons to successfully captain the team."
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity