NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This summer Eva Fabian, a rising sophomore on the Yale women's swimming and diving team, will represent the United States at the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. This will be the third time Fabian has competed for the U.S. at an international championship this year, the first two being at FINA 10k Marathon World Cup races in Brazil and Mexico. Fabian will be competing in the 25k open water race, and was named to the team after finishing third at the 2013 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in May. The open water events at the 2013 FINA World Championships will take place July 20-27 at Barcelona's Moll de la Fusta.
Back in January Fabian competed in her first open water race of the year, the first FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Santos, Brazil, where she finished second out of 37 swimmers.
Two months later she won the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle at the 2013 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships in March. Fabian also finished second in the 500-yard freestyle, and set the Yale record in all three distance events. Her times at Ivy's earned her a spot to race at the NCAA Championships in the 500 and the 1,650.
Then in April Fabian was again racing on the World Cup circuit, this time at the fourth stop of the eight-leg tour in Cozumel, Mexico. There she took second out of 50 swimmers including seven Americans.
So far this year the racing format has switched back and forth between pool races and open water races quite a bit - but the training, Fabian says, has stayed the same.
"My training before nationals was very similar to the training I was doing during NCAA season," said Fabian. "Fortunately, there is a lot of crossover between pool races like the 500 and 1,650, and the 10k. I've had some amazing training this year and I love training at Yale so much."
The USA Swimming 10k Open Water National Championships came on May 17, and Fabian was in for six laps around a 1640-meter course on Castaic Lake in California. She executed the turns well, and after four of six laps Fabian was at the front of an incredibly tight group of swimmers. At the finish, however, she was third, just 0.3 seconds behind second place and the second qualifying spot for the World Championships in the 10k.
"I felt really good about how I raced at nationals, I felt like I was in control of my race the whole time," said Fabian. "Obviously I would have liked to have placed in the top two, but I was very happy with how I raced and I'm excited for the years to come."
Fabian's resume includes top finishes in a number of major championships, including Junior Pan Pacific Championships, Senior Pan Pacific Championships, World Cups, Pan American Games and multiple World Championships. Though she has competed many times as an American entry, the experience of representing the U.S., she says, never gets old.
"It is an amazing opportunity to be able to represent the U.S. on the international stage," said Fabian. "It is a wonderful feeling, and I am so proud and lucky to be wearing a USA cap in Barcelona."
Fabian last competed in a 25k race at the 2009 FINA World Championships in Rome. In that race she finished 10th, but this year in 10k's she has been on the podium in all three races that she has competed in. Whether or not her hot streak in the 10k races will translate to the 25k is hard to tell.
"The 25k is a much different race than the 10k," said Fabian. "There are a lot of similarities, but I am really happy I have the experience of the 25K in Rome under my belt. Now that I am more familiar with the 25k I'm really excited to get out there and race!"
The 25k open water race at the 2013 FINA World Championships will take place on July 27. Information on the event is available at bcn2013.com.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity