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, 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.
Senior swimmer Deb Gruen (Hamden, Conn.) received the Yale Athletics Departments 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.
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.
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.
Frank Keefe, Yales 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 Keefes outstanding career. Keefe, a member of the American Swimming Coaches Association Hall of Fame, has been the head coach of the Yale mens swimming team since 1978 and the womens team since 1980. He guided the Bulldogs to 488 combined victories.
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.
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 teams 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.
The Yale womens 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 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.
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.
The swim season may be over for most of the womens 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 Purdues Boilermaker Aquatics Center in West Lafayette, Ind.
Nine members of the Yale womens 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.
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.
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.
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 Yales 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.
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.
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 Gyms 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Yale womens 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 years 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.
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.