2009-10 Yale Women's Swimming and Diving News

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.

June 2, 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.

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.

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.

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.

May 5, 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.

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.

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.

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.

April 9, 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.

April 7, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

March 4, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

February 4, 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.

February 3, 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.

February 2, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

January 8, 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.

January 3, 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.

December 5, 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.

December 4, 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

November 12, 2009
Bulldogs Ready for 2009-10 Season
The Yale women’s swimming and diving team is ready to build upon last year’s success as they get set to take on the 2009-10 season. The Bulldogs return almost all of their swimmers who scored points in last year’s Ivy League Championship and have added some impressive freshmen to the mix. As Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming Frank Keefe prepares for his final season as coach of the Bulldogs, it is shaping up to be one of his best.

November 9, 2009
Bulldogs Announce 2009-10 Schedule
The Robert J.H. Kiphuth Director of Swimming Frank Keefe and the Yale University swimming and diving teams have announced their schedule for the upcoming 2009-2010 season. The Bulldogs will compete in 13 meets this season, including 5 home contests.

July 25, 2009
Abby Nunn Wins 33rd Annual Chris Greene Lake Swim
Rising sophomore Abby Nunn won the 33rd annual 2-mile Chris Greene Lake Swim in a time of 40:39.67 to set a women’s course record and establish a new U.S. Masters Swimming national record for the 18-24 age bracket on July 11. In becoming just the third female to win the overall title in the 33 years history of the event, Nunn also swam the course in the seventh faster time.