Swimming Star Selected Yale's Top Female Athlete
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
The Nellie Pratt Elliot Award goes to the senior woman whose excellence in the field of athletics and in her life at Yale best represents the ideals of sportsmanship and Yale tradition. It is awarded in memory of Nellie Pratt Elliot, who was an assistant director of undergraduate admissions at Yale for 46 years.
Kim, a Rockville, Md., native, enjoyed an outstanding career for the Bulldogs. She is the Ivy League and Yale record holder in the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and earned first team All-Ivy honors five times.
As a senior this winter, she qualified for three events at the NCAA Championships, finishing 12th in the 200 breaststroke, 32nd in the 100 breaststroke and 59th in the 200 individual medley. At the Ivy League Championships, she won the 100 and 200 breaststroke and was part of the winning 200 medley relay. She went undefeated in the 200 breaststroke during the season and won all but once in the 100 breaststroke. CollegeSwimming.com selected her as a mid-major All-American, and she was also an Academic All-Ivy selection.
In her junior year, Kim won both the 100 and the 200 breaststroke at the Ivy League Championship to earn first team All-Ivy honors in each event. She also swam in the finals in three other events, including the 200 individual medley where she finished fifth.
As a sophomore, she had a pair of top-five finishes at the Ivy League Championships, placing third in the 200 breaststroke and fifth in the 100 breaststroke. In her rookie year, she was part of the 400 medley relay that set a Yale record at the Ivy League Championship. Kim also earned second team All-Ivy recognition by placing second in the 200 breaststroke.
At Yale, Kim is a member of Trumbull College and a political science major.
The Elliot Award is presented in conjunction with the William Neely Mallory Award for the top senior male student-athlete at Yale. That award went to sailor Thomas Barrows.
Report by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity