Forrester Takes 10th at NCAAs, Kim 12th

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Susan Kim. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Kim Concludes Decorated Yale Career

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – 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.

Both girls got off to shaky starts in the morning preliminaries.  Kim finished with the 13th fastest time of 2:10.72.  Had she swum her personal best time of 2:09.37, she would have easily qualified for the A final.  However, after failing to qualify for the finals in the 100-yard breaststroke on Friday, it was a much better result for the senior from Rockville, Md.

Forrester also was unable to put up a personal best time in the morning and instead swam 1:56.73.  Had she swum her best of 1:55.78, she too would have made the A final.

Kim made a big improvement for the night session, dropping nearly a second off her preliminary time.  She swam 2:09.85 which would have put her in seventh place had she been in the A final.  Alicia Atkinson of Texas A&M won the event with a time of 2:07.38, breaking the pool record.

Forrester also improved from the morning and managed to break her own personal best time by .46 seconds.  Her time of 1:55.32 was good enough to take second in the B bracket and 10th overall.  Elaine Breeden of Stanford won the event with a time of 1:52.39.

This marks end of the season for Forrester and the end of a decorated career for Kim.  Kim heads to graduation holding the Yale, Ivy League Championship and Ivy League records in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke.  She was also named “Swimmer of the Meet” at this year's Ivy League Championship and earned four All-Ivy selections.

Report filed by Charles Moore ’10, Yale Sports Publicity

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