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Bulldogs Have Solid Start on First Day of Short Course Nationals

Alexandra Forrester. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alexandra Forrester. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Things were off to a quick start at the AT&T Short Course Nationals today as heats and finals for four events took place, along with the preliminaries for the 400-yard medley relay.  Despite Yale only having six swimmers in Columbus, the Bulldogs progressed out of the preliminaries in three of the four events, winning the B final of the 200-yard freestyle relay. 

In the heats of the 200 free relay the Yale team of Alexandra Forrester, Ileana Lucos, Hayes Hyde and Joan Weaver took 14th with a time of 1:35.05.  To get to the A final the Bulldogs would have had to beat 10th place Northwestern University A (1:34.25).  Nevertheless Forrester, Lucos, Hyde and Weaver earned themselves a second race and went on to win the B final in 1:33.86.  Forrester got out quick, giving Yale a half second lead over the other nine relay teams.  The team from SwimMAC Carolina, however, had a second leg swimmer that went sub-23, and so it was Hyde who posted a time 0.6 seconds faster than she had in the morning that enabled Yale to get out in front again and ultimately take first in the B final.  The University of Southern California won the event 1:29.57, setting a new course record.

Yale had two swimmers in the heats of the 500-yard freestyle. Weaver finished in a time of 5:02.29.  Molly Albrecht finished in 30th position with 4:51.75, good enough for a spot in the C final later in the day.  Albrecht's time there was 4:53.98, which put her in ninth place in the C final.  Hyde then posted a time of 2:05.00 in the 200 IM, beating more than 20 swimmers, but did not move on to finals.

Forrester finished 18th in the heats of the 50 free with a time of 23 seconds flat.  She came back in the evening with a time of 23.03, finishing eighth in the B final.  Olympic silver medalist Kara Lynn Joyce won the event in a time of 22.17.

At the very end of the day the Bulldogs swam in the prelims of the 400-yard medley relay for the teams with the slowest 16 seed times.  Of those 16 teams, Yale placed sixth with 3:45.88.  Semifinals and finals will be contested later. 

Racing picks up again tomorrow morning at 9:00 a.m. with the heats of the 200-yard medley relay.

A live stream of the meet is available here via and Ustream.

Report filed by Yale Sports Publicity