Kim, Forrester Head to NCAA Championships

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

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.

Neither Kim nor Forrester will compete on Thursday, but will begin with preliminaries Friday morning in the 100-yard breaststroke and 100-yard butterfly, respectively.  The finals in those events will then be held Friday night.  On Saturday, Kim will compete in the 200-yard breaststroke and Forrester will compete in the 200-yard butterfly.

Both Kim and Forrester have been seeded high in their events.  In the 100-yard breaststroke, Kim qualified 19th with her NCAA B cut time of 1:00.66.  The top time in the country was Ashley Danner of George Mason with a time of 59.06.  Kim qualified with the seventh fastest time in the 200-yard breaststroke.  Her NCAA A cut time of 2:09.37 is 1.72 seconds off the lead time of 2:07.65.  That time was swum by Elizabeth Smith of Stanford.

Forrester qualified with the 12th fastest time in the 100-yard butterfly.   She swam an NCAA B cut time of 52.58, just over a second off the fastest.  Elaine Breeden of Stanford qualified with the fastest time of 51.24.  In the 200-yard butterfly, Forrester qualified with the 11th fastest time.  She again swam an NCAA B cut of 1:55.78.  The fastest qualifier was Katinka Hosszu of Southern California at 1:52.71.

Kim and Forrester both dominated the Ivy League Championships on Feb. 25-27.  Kim had what will surely go down as the best meet of her career.  She was honored with the most prestigious award of the meet, Swimmer of the Meet, as well as three first-team and one second-team All-Ivy selections.  On Thursday of the meet, she took third in the 400-yard IM and helped Yale to a second-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay.  She started off Friday with a team win in the 200-yard medley relay.  She then broke the pool, meet, and Ivy records en route to a dominating win in the 100-yard breaststroke.   Then, in her best performance of the meet, Kim won the 200-yard breaststroke by more than five seconds.  She broke the meet, pool, and Ivy records, as well as earned the first NCAA A cut of her career. 

Forrester dominated the meet with three individual wins, three relay wins, and one relay second place.  She earned six first-team All-Ivy selections and one second-team selection.  In the 50-yard freestyle, Forrester earned an NCAA B cut with her preliminary time of 22.71.  In the 100-butterfly, she broke the meet record which had held since 1997 with her time of 53.03.  She also earned an NCAA B cut with her victory.  In her third individual victory, the 200-yard butterfly, she broke the meet record and earned an NCAA B cut with her time of 1:55.78.

Report filed by Charles Moore ’10, Yale Sports Publicity

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