Cynthia Tsay
Cynthia Tsay
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
High School: Mira Loma
Position: Backstroke/Sprint Freestyle

2011-2012 (Junior): Won the S. Livingston Mather Award for outstanding performance in backstroke swimming… First team All-Ivy as a member of the 400-yard freestyle relay and the 200-yard medley relay that placed first and set Yale records at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships… Second team All-Ivy as a member of the 800-yard freestyle relay and 400-yard medley relay that placed second at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships… 50-yard freestyle: Finished eighth at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships with a time of 23.98… Fastest time was 23.59 in the prelims at Ivy’s… 100-yard freestyle: Finished seventh at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships with a time of 51.19… Fastest time was 51.08 in the prelims at Ivy’s... Won the event against McGill with a time of 52.93… 100-yard backstroke: Finished second at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships with a time of 55.35, earning second team All-Ivy honors… Fastest time was 54.98 in the prelims at Ivy’s… Won the event against McGill and Columbia… 200-yard freestyle: Won the event against Brown with a time of 1:52.11… 200 IM: Won the event against Cornell and against Dartmouth and Penn… Fastest time was 2:07.52 at HYP.

2010-2011 (Sophomore): Second team All-Ivy as a member of the 800-yard freestyle relay that took second place at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships, earning an NCAA B cut and setting a Yale record with a time of 7:20.23… 50-yard freestyle: Finished 11th at the Ivy League Championships with a time 23.71… Fastest time during the regular season was 24.24 in a second-place finish against Brown… 100-yard freestyle: Finished 11th at the Ivy League Championships with a time of 51.28… Won the event against Vermont in 52.81… Won the event against Penn and Dartmouth with a time of 52.50… 200-yard freestyle: Finished 10th at the Ivy League Championships with a time of 1:50.82… 100-yard backstroke: Fastest time was 58.40 against Penn and Dartmouth… Won the event against Cornell.

2009-2010 (Freshman): 50-yard freestyle: Finished ninth at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships with a time of 23.65… Won the event against Columbia, Vermont and UConn… Fastest time of the season before the Ivy League Championships was 23.98 against UConn… 100-yard freestyle: Finished sixth at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships with at time of 51.67… Won the event against Vermont with a time of 53.32… Best time before the Ivy League Championships was 52.27 against Harvard and Princeton… 100-yard backstroke: Finished ninth at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships with a time of 56.51… Only swam the event twice competitively before the Ivy League Championships… Finished second against Penn and Dartmouth with time of 58.83… 200-yard freestyle relay: First team All-Ivy… Member of team that took first at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships… 400-yard freestyle relay: First team All-Ivy… Member of team that took first at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships… 400-yard medley relay: Second team All-Ivy… Member of team that took second at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships.

Before Yale: Varsity letter winner and captain of the Mira Loma High School swim team… Earned MVP honors and school’s Female Athlete of the Year, while also being named an Academic All American and CIF Scholar Athlete… Finalist at Junior Nationals as well as Sacramento Bee All Metro First Team… League champion in the 200-yard freestyle and 100-yard backstroke as well as a winner in the 100-yard backstroke at CIF San Joaquin/Sacramento Sectionals… Valedictorian, a national merit scholarship winner, an AP scholar with distinction.

Personal: Member of Trumbull College… History of science and medicine major… Sister, Annie, was a varsity swimmer and NCAA qualifier at Johns Hopkins.

Why I Chose Yale: “Yale is unique in that it provides friendly, yet competitive academic and athletic environments with extensive support systems for its students.  The residential college system also provides a comfortable, intimate family setting in the midst of a world-class university.”