2009-10 Yale Women's Swimming and Diving News

  • Kiernan Sets US Swimming Record
    June 27, 2010
    Kiernan Sets US Swimming Record On the morning of June 21, Marilee Kiernan ’09 swam across the Strait of Gibraltar in three hours and 12 minutes, nine minutes short of the current women’s world record.
  • Yale Swim New Haven Program Completes Another Successful Year
    June 02, 2010
    Yale Swim New Haven Program Completes Another Successful Year The Yale swimming and diving teams, in a community outreach program, offered free swim lessons to local youth this spring. This was the second year the teams took part in the program, called Yale Swim New Haven, under the leadership of swimmers Annie Killian and Ileana Lucos. The two juniors founded the program last year and teamed up with New Haven Reads, a community book bank and tutoring center in the Dixwell neighborhood, to make it possible.
  • Susan Kim Receives Nellie Pratt Elliot Award
    May 23, 2010
    Susan Kim Receives Nellie Pratt Elliot Award Susan Kim, who was named the Swimmer of the Meet at the Ivy League Championships in February, is the recipient of the 2010 Nellie Pratt Elliot Award, the most prestigious athletic award given to a senior female at Yale. The award was presented at the Class Day exercises on May 23.
  • Deb Gruen Receives Amanda Walton Award
    May 23, 2010
    Deb Gruen Receives Amanda Walton Award Senior swimmer Deb Gruen (Hamden, Conn.) received the Yale Athletics Department’s Amanda Walton Award for 2010 at Class Day exercises Sunday afternoon as part of Commencement Weekend. The award is presented to an outstanding student-athlete who has excelled in competition and who has shown spirit and courage in transcending unforeseen challenges. Gruen, who was born with spina bifida, has inspired those around her with remarkable achievements both athletically and academically. Those achievements include four world and Pan-American records, six American records and two Paralympic Games appearances in addition to her four years swimming for the Bulldogs. She was also a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship and will graduate with a B.A. in economics on Monday. Her senior thesis is on the application of econometrics to Paralympic swimming classifications.
  • Eight Bulldogs Named All-American
    May 13, 2010
    Eight Bulldogs Named All-American Senior Susan Kim and freshman Alexandra Forrester have been named 2010 Mid Major All-Americans by CollegeSwimming.com. Six other Yale swimmers earned honorable mention, including junior Ileana Lucos, sophomores Emily Dominski, Hayes Hyde, and Athena Liao as well as freshmen Molly Albrecht and Joan Weaver.
  • Moehnke Wins Moss Award
    May 05, 2010
    Moehnke Wins Moss Award Yale diving coach Ryan Moehnke was honored with the prestigious Robert “Moose” Moss award at the YMCA Nationals in Fort Lauderdale for his work as the head coach of Next Generation Swimming at the Norwalk, Conn., YMCA. The award is given to the coach, athlete, or administrator who embodies the values of the YMCA, and best encourages the development and growth of the sport of diving.
  • Keefe To Deliver 2010 Kiphuth Fellowship Public Lecture
    April 21, 2010
    Keefe To Deliver 2010 Kiphuth Fellowship Public Lecture Frank Keefe, Yale’s Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming who is retiring after 32 years, will receive the 2010 Kiphuth Medal and deliver the Kiphuth Fellowship Public Lecture on Saturday, Apr. 24 at 4:30 p.m. in the Kiphuth Exhibition Pool inside Payne Whitney Gym. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, is one of a number of events that day that will celebrate Keefe’s outstanding career. Keefe, a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has been the head coach of the Yale men’s swimming team since 1978 and the women’s team since 1980. He guided the Bulldogs to 488 combined victories.
  • Deb Gruen Selected to U.S. Paralympic Team, Honored with Bob Casey Courage Award
    April 13, 2010
    Deb Gruen Selected to U.S. Paralympic Team, Honored with Bob Casey Courage Award Senior Deb Gruen, a record-setting Paralympic swimmer, will receive the Bob Casey Courage Award from the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance at its annual dinner April 25. It is the second major honor for Gruen in recent weeks, as she has also been selected as a member of the U.S. team that will compete at the IPC Swimming Worlds in Eindhoven, Netherlands this August.
  • Seven Bulldogs Honored with Season Awards
    April 13, 2010
    Seven Bulldogs Honored with Season Awards The Yale season ending banquet saw the announcement of junior Annie Killian as the 2010-11 captain but it also featured the handing out of the team’s annual awards. The big winners this year were senior Susan Kim and freshman Alex Forrester. Kim took home three awards, while Forrester took home two.
  • Annie Killian Elected 2010-11 Swimming Captain
    April 09, 2010
    Annie Killian Elected 2010-11 Swimming Captain The Yale women’s swimming and diving team have elected junior Annie Killian their captain for the 2010-11 season. Killian hails from Nashville, Tenn., and swims distance freestyle for the Bulldogs. Killian will take over duties from outgoing captain Andrea Clifford.
  • Ten Bulldogs Earn Winter Academic All-Ivy Honors
    April 07, 2010
    Ten Bulldogs Earn Winter Academic All-Ivy Honors Ten Yale student-athletes were honored today, as the Ivy League released its list of those selected for Academic All-Ivy recognition in winter sports. Eligible student-athletes include all starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  • Forrester Takes 10th at NCAAs, Kim 12th
    March 21, 2010
    Forrester Takes 10th at NCAAs, Kim 12th Senior Susan Kim and Freshman Alex Forrester wrapped up competition at the NCAA Championships Saturday night with 12th and 10th place finishes, respectively. Kim took 12th in the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:09.85. Forrester took 10th in the 200-yard butterfly with her time of 1:55.32.
  • Forrester Takes Ninth at NCAAs in 100-yard Butterfly
    March 20, 2010
    Forrester Takes Ninth at NCAAs in 100-yard Butterfly Freshman Alex Forrester made a splash in her first event at the NCAA Championships on Friday. Forrester won the B final in the 100-yard butterfly, taking ninth in the country.
  • Kim, Forrester Head to NCAA Championships
    March 16, 2010
    Kim, Forrester Head to NCAA Championships The swim season may be over for most of the women’s swimming and diving team, but senior Susan Kim and freshman Alex Forrester have one more meet left, as they represent the Bulldogs at the NCAA Championships this weekend. The meet will take place Mar. 18-20 at Purdue’s Boilermaker Aquatics Center in West Lafayette, Ind.
  • Competition Concludes at Zone Diving Championships
    March 15, 2010
    Competition Concludes at Zone Diving Championships Competition concluded at the Zone Diving Championships Sunday. Sophomore Rachel Rosenberg and freshman Paige Meneses both competed for Yale and had two of the strongest performances in recent history.
  • Nine Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Honors
    March 04, 2010
    Nine Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Honors Nine members of the Yale women’s swimming and diving team have been honored with All-Ivy status for their performances at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships. The most prestigious award of the meet was given to senior Susan Kim, who was honored with Swimmer of the Meet, as well as three first-team and one second-team selections. Freshman Alex Forrester received the most selections of any Bulldog. She earned six first-team and one second-team selection. Diver of the Meet honors and a first-team selection went to sophomore Rachel Rosenberg.
  • Bulldogs Take Third at Ivy League Championships
    February 27, 2010
    Bulldogs Take Third at Ivy League Championships The Bulldogs finished third at the Ivy League Championships on Saturday. Senior Susan Kim and freshman Alex Forrester continued their dominance each winning another event. Yale also won the 400-yard freestyle relay. Princeton won the Ivy League Championships with a score of 1465, narrowly edging out Harvard who finished with 1438 points. Princeton has now won nine of the last 11 Ivy League Championships. Yale finished in third with 1350 points, after having its best overall performance in years.
  • Forrester, Kim Win on Day 2 at Ivy Championships
    February 26, 2010
    Forrester, Kim Win on Day 2 at Ivy Championships The Bulldogs fell to third on the second day of swimming, but managed to win three events and stay within reach. The 200-yard medley relay team won, freshman Alex Forrester won the 100-yard butterfly and senior Susan Kim won the 100-yard breaststroke. Princeton still sits in first with 982 points. Harvard is in second at 944, with Yale just behind them in third with 916 points.
  • Yale in Second at Ivy League Championship
    February 25, 2010
    Yale in Second at Ivy League Championship The Bulldogs are off to their best start in recent memory at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships. Yale (353) currently sits in second place, just 37 points behind Princeton (390) and five points ahead of Harvard (348). Freshman Alex Forrester won her first individual Ivy League Championship title in the 50-yard freestyle and Yale’s 200-yard freestyle relay team also took first, narrowly inching out Princeton. Yale put at least two swimmers in every A final and managed to score points in B and C finals in every event, as well.
  • Yale Heads to Ivy League Championship
    February 24, 2010
    Yale Heads to Ivy League Championship The Bulldogs finished the regular season in third place in the Ivy League and with an 8-3 record. The Bulldogs’ only losses in league competition came against Harvard and Princeton, the perennial swimming powerhouses. This weekend the Bulldogs will get a shot to knock them off their pedestal at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Harvard in Cambridge, Mass.
  • Bulldogs Close Out Season and Era Against UConn
    February 04, 2010
    Bulldogs Close Out Season and Era Against UConn The Bulldogs have one last contest before the Ivy League Championships and it promises to be a memorable one. The Bulldogs’ final home dual meet is also senior day and the night that the Payne Whitney Gym’s Kiphuth Exhibition Pool will say goodbye to the Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming Frank Keefe. Keefe is retiring after 31 seasons with the Bulldogs and will leave behind a storied legacy.
  • Bulldogs Defeat Brown 191-107
    February 03, 2010
    Bulldogs Defeat Brown 191-107 The Bulldogs got back on the winning track Wednesday, when they soundly defeated the Bears of Brown, 191-107. The meet, which took place at UMass-Dartmouth, featured a number of strong swims across the board for Yale.
  • Bulldogs Take on Brown in Mid-Week Meet
    February 02, 2010
    Bulldogs Take on Brown in Mid-Week Meet After suffering their first two conference losses of the season, the Bulldogs are looking to bounce back this week against Brown. What hopes to be a straightforward victory for the Bulldogs will be anything but straightforward in its set-up. The meet will take place mid-week on Wednesday and will be swum at UMass-Dartmouth as opposed to Yale or Brown. Brown comes into the meet 2-6 overall and 1-5 in the Ivy League.
  • Forrester, Kim Win in Loss at HYP
    January 30, 2010
    Forrester, Kim Win in Loss at HYP As has been the case many times this year, senior Susan Kim and freshman Alex Forrester came up with victories for the Bulldogs, but this time it was not enough to take down Princeton and Harvard. Yale could not come up with enough points to keep it close and it suffered its first two Ivy League loses of the year. Yale fell to Harvard180-120 and to Princeton 191-107. Princeton won the meet and the league title defeating Harvard, 196-102.
  • Big Three Meet in Princeton for HYP
    January 28, 2010
    Big Three Meet in Princeton for HYP Yale will head to Princeton this weekend to take on the Tigers and Harvard in the Bulldogs’ toughest meet of the year. Harvard and Princeton have dominated the Ivy League for the last couple of years, and the Bulldogs will be looking to knock them off their pedestal. Yale comes into the meet 6-1 in dual meets and 4-0 in the Ivy League. Harvard and Princeton both come in with undefeated records. Harvard is 5-0 having faced only Ivy opponents and Princeton is 4-0 also having faced only Ivy opponents.
  • Navy Narrowly Sinks Bulldogs
    January 23, 2010
    Navy Narrowly Sinks Bulldogs It was the toughest competition the Bulldogs had faced all year. Three pool records fell, two divers qualified for NCAAs, and in the end, only two points separated Yale and Navy. Navy defeated Yale by a score of 151-149 in a meet that could have gone either way. Ultimately the difference was Navy won two more events than the Bulldogs, including the final 400-yard freestyle relay.
  • Bulldogs Host Navy in Battle of Unbeatens
    January 22, 2010
    Bulldogs Host Navy in Battle of Unbeatens The Robert J.H. Kiphuth Exhibition Pool will be host to a battle of unbeatens this weekend. The Bulldogs are 6-0 in dual meets, and they will look to pick up number seven when the Midshipmen of Navy come to New Haven on Saturday. Navy comes into the meet 8-0 on the season and with recent history on its side. The Midshipmen defeated the Bulldogs 156-143.5 last year in a tri-meet at Cornell. It was Navy's first win over Yale in program history.
  • Bulldogs Take Down Ivy Foes
    January 16, 2010
    Bulldogs Take Down Ivy Foes The Bulldogs came into Philadelphia undefeated in the Ivy League, and they leave exactly the same way. Yale faced Penn and Dartmouth, but neither managed to put up much of a fight. The Bulldogs defeated the Quakers by a score of 204.5-95.5 and the Big Green by a score of 234-66. The Bulldogs won the first 13 swimming events of the meet, only falling in the final 400-yard freestyle relay. Overall, Yale won 13 out of 16 events, as Dartmouth managed to claim both diving events. The Bulldogs improved to 6-0 in dual meets and 4-0 in the Ivy League.
  • Bulldogs Take Unbeaten Streak into Philadelphia
    January 15, 2010
    Bulldogs Take Unbeaten Streak into Philadelphia The Yale women’s swimming and diving team is coming off a big win over Cornell last weekend, and will be looking to ride that momentum into Philadelphia on Saturday when they take on Penn and Dartmouth. The Bulldogs will get to face the second of two teams that gave them a scare at last year’s Ivy League Championships. The Bulldogs took third at Ivies but had to hold off strong charges from Penn and Columbia on the final day. Yale already defeated Columbia 199-101 to open the season, and it will now get a shot at Penn.
  • Bulldogs Remain Undefeated in Duals
    January 10, 2010
    Bulldogs Remain Undefeated in Duals The Bulldogs lost only two events on Sunday en route to a 207-93 victory over Cornell. Yale swept the top three spots in five events to improve to 4-0 in dual meets. Both senior Susan Kim and Alex Forrester won all four events they swam, each won three individual events and helped lead the 200-yard medley relay to victory. The two swimmers led the Bulldogs to their second Ivy League victory of the season.
  • Bulldogs Host Cornell in First Meet of the Decade
    January 08, 2010
    Bulldogs Host Cornell in First Meet of the Decade The Bulldogs begin the decade undefeated in dual meets, having already defeated Columbia, Southern Connecticut and Vermont. They are looking to keep that streak alive this weekend as they play host to the Big Red of Cornell. The meet, which takes place on Jan. 10, begins a stretch of five consecutive weekends of competition for Yale.
  • Deb Gruen Named New Haven Register Sports Person of the Year
    January 03, 2010
    Deb Gruen Named New Haven Register Sports Person of the Year Deb Gruen, a senior on the Yale women's swimming and diving team, has been named Sports Person of the Year for 2009 by the New Haven Register. Gruen, a native of Hamden, Conn., had a world-record performance in the 400-meter IM at the Spring Can-Am Championship in Portland, Ore. and also earned a silver medal in the 100-meter breaststroke at the Paralympic World Championships in Manchester, England, in late May. She was also a Rhodes Scholar finalist.
  • Bulldogs Defeat Vermont at Home
    December 05, 2009
    Bulldogs Defeat Vermont at Home The Bulldogs defeated Vermont on Saturday to keep their unbeaten streak in dual meets alive. Yale scored 209 points to Vermont’s 74, and won every event but one.
  • Bulldogs Host Vermont to Stay Unbeaten in Dual Meets
    December 04, 2009
    Bulldogs Host Vermont to Stay Unbeaten in Dual Meets fter a strong showing at the Terrier Invitational and against SCSU, the Bulldogs will get back in the pool against Vermont on Dec. 5. The Bulldogs will be swimming at home for the second time this year, but the first while school has been in session. Vermont will be a new test for the Bulldogs as the two have not swum against each other in recent memory. The Catamounts come into the meet with a 6-2 record while the Bulldogs are 2-0 with a second place finish at the Terrier Invitational.
  • Bulldogs Follow Up Terrier Invite With Win Over SCSU
    November 24, 2009
    Bulldogs Follow Up Terrier Invite With Win Over SCSU With less than 24 hours to recover, the Bulldogs were back in the pool Monday afternoon, swimming a dual meet with Southern Connecticut State. With many swimmers not participating in their usual events, the Bulldog still managed to break out a big margin of victory over SCSU. The Bulldogs won eleven events en route to a 190-108 victory.
  • Bulldogs Win Four Events on Final Day of Terrier
    November 22, 2009
    Bulldogs Win Four Events on Final Day of Terrier The Bulldogs won four events on Sunday, but it was not quite enough to overtake Boston University, as the Bulldogs finished second at the Terrier Invitational. BU finished with 819.5 points to the Bulldogs 779. In total, the Bulldogs won seven individual events and one relay over three days.
  • Bulldogs Hold Steady in Second at Terrier Invitational
    November 21, 2009
    Bulldogs Hold Steady in Second at Terrier Invitational After failing to win any events on day one of the Terrier Invitational, the Bulldogs came storming back Friday to win three of the five individual events. Unfortunately, losses in both relays and a lack of depth kept the Bulldogs from catching Boston University. Boston currently sits in first place with a score of 585.5, while the Bulldogs are in second with 520 points.
  • Bulldogs Open Strongly at Terrier Invitational
    November 20, 2009
    Bulldogs Open Strongly at Terrier Invitational The Bulldogs opened the Terrier invitational with a strong showing, taking second in most events and winning the 400-yard medley relay. Boston University currently leads the invitational, with 240 points after claiming first place in most of the day’s events. The Bulldogs are right behind them in second with 221 points.
  • Bulldogs to Compete at Terrier Invitational
    November 19, 2009
    Bulldogs to Compete at Terrier Invitational After a big win to open the season at Columbia, the Bulldogs will look to keep the momentum rolling into Boston this weekend. The Bulldogs will head to Boston University to compete in the Terrier Invitational. Unlike the typical dual meet format, the Terrier Invitational is a three-day, championship-style meet with preliminaries in the morning and finals in the afternoon. The meet will take place Nov. 20-22.
  • Forrester, Kim Dominate in Yale Win Over Columbia
    November 13, 2009
    Forrester, Kim Dominate in Yale Win Over Columbia The Yale women’s swimming and diving team opened their season in a big way, handily defeating Columbia 199-101 and breaking five pool records in the process. The Bulldogs were able to get their revenge, after losing last year in a closely contested meet. This year they left nothing to chance, winning every event up until the last two and sweeping both the one- and three-meter diving events.
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