May 14, 2013

Fabian to Compete at Open Water National Championships

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Having just finished her freshman year with two Ivy League titles under her belt, Eva Fabian now has her sights set on an Open Water national title.  At the end of this week she will compete at the 2013 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships.  Fabian will compete in the 10k event this Friday, May 17, at California's Lake Castaic, just north of Los Angeles.

"From the day the NCAA Championships concluded, Eva has been preparing for these World Championship Trials," said Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach Jim Henry.  "She has done an incredible job pursuing her educational goals at Yale while training at the highest level of the sport.  She has become a better swimmer by improving her kicking and finishes.  She is motivated by the team support, and she inspires the team to achieve more.  We are all excited about the race this Friday."

In addition to a full schedule of Ivy League dual races, Fabian raced at two FINA World Cup races during the 2012-13 season.  Back in January she took second at the first FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Santos, Brazil.  There she was second out of 37 swimmers as part of a 1-2 finish with fellow American Emily Brunneman. 

At the fourth World Cup race in Cozumel, Mexico, Fabian again took second but this time she was the top American finisher.  The Cozumel race included seven Americans out of 50 starters.  Fabian had a lead coming into the finish only to be caught at the line by London 2012 bronze medalist Martina Grimaldi of Italy by a margin of 0.20 seconds.

This Friday Fabian arrives as one of three American swimmers in the top five of the current FINA World Cup rankings.  Fabian is ranked fourth, while Brunneman is ranked second.  Other big names scheduled to appear this weekend are: Haley Anderson, the London 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 10K; Christine Jennings, currently ranked fifth in the FINA world cup rankings; and Ashley Twichell, the reigning national champion in both the 10K and 5K.

At the 2013 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships Fabian won the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle, earning first team all-Ivy honors.  She also made second team All-Ivy for finishing second in the 500-yard freestyle.  At that meet Fabian set the Yale record in all three distance events, and earned a spot to race at the NCAA Championships in the 500 and the 1,650.

Fabian's résumé includes several Open Water swimming titles, including wins at the 2011 10k Open Water National Championships, the 2010 5k Open Water World Championships and the 2009 5k Open Water National Championships.  In 2010 she was named the USA Swimming Open Water Swimmer of the Year.

The 2013 USA Swimming Open Water Nationals will take place this Friday, May 17, at 8:00 a.m.  The 10k race will be six laps of a 1640-meter course with six turns running parallel to the shore.  The course runs north to south.  A map of the course is available here

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity