2011-12 Yale Women's Swimming and Diving News

July 13, 2012
Yale Earns CSCAA Scholar All America Team Honors
The Yale women’s swimming and diving team has earned CSCAA Scholar All America Team honors, posting one of the top team GPAs in the country. Yale’s 3.39 GPA for the spring tied Harvard for the third-best GPA among Ivy League teams, and was tied for 40th in the country. CSCAA Scholar All America Team honors require a minimum GPA of 3.0.

May 19, 2012
Yale Honors Six Seniors and One Team with Annual Awards at Senior Reception
Six seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The men’s fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Jeffrey Hatten (Farmington, Conn.) of the men’s golf team and Talis Trevino (Marietta, Ga.) of the gymnastics team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Adam Fields (Jericho, N.Y.) of the men’s fencing team and Abigail Nunn (Richmond, Va.) of the women’s swimming and diving team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Aleca Hughes (Westwood, Mass.) of the women’s ice hockey team and Michael Pratt (Garden City, N.Y.) of the men’s lacrosse team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.

April 27, 2012
Fabian Finishes Fourth at Open Water Nationals
Future Bulldog Eva Fabian (Keene, N.H.) finished fourth at the USA Swimming 10K Open Water National Championship on Friday. Fabian’s time was one of her best for that distance, but was a few seconds shy of qualifying her for the FINA Olympic 10km Marathon Swimming Qualifier in Portugal next month.

April 25, 2012
Fabian to Compete in Open Water National Championships
Though she has yet to set foot in Payne Whitney Gymnasium as a member of the Yale women’s swimming and diving team, incoming freshman Eva Fabian (Keene, N.H.) already has her eyes on the Olympics. Fabian will make one last push to qualify for London this Friday when she competes in the 2012 USA Swimming Open Water National Championships in Fort Myers, Fla. Fabian is the reigning champion in the 10k event from last year’s national championships, and if she can place in the top two this Friday she will go on to represent the U.S. on June 9 in Setubal, Portugal, the last qualifying race for the 2012 London Olympics this August.

April 11, 2012
Winter Academic All-Ivy Announced
The Ivy League has released its list of student-athletes selected for 2011-12 Academic All-Ivy honors in its winter sport, and 10 Bulldogs were honored.

April 2, 2012
Weaver Elected Swim & Dive Captain for 2012-13 Season
Leadership on the Yale women’s swimming and diving team will once again be in the hands of a swimmer as it was announced last Wednesday that Joan Weaver would serve as team captain for the 2012-13 season. Weaver, an anthropology major in Timothy Dwight College, comes from Sayville, N.Y., where in high school she was a state champion in the 500-yard freestyle and an All-American in the 200 IM and 500 free. Weaver will take over leadership duties from outgoing captain Rachel Rosenberg, Yale’s first diver to be team captain in quite some time.

March 30, 2012
Seven Bulldogs Earn Annual Team Awards
The Yale women’s swimming and diving team held its annual end of season banquet Wednesday night. The traditional senior speeches were delivered followed by the presentation of the team’s annual awards. The evening ended with the announcement that junior swimmer Joan Weaver will serve as team captain for the 2012-13 season.

March 27, 2012
Nunn Will Swim Marathon around Manhattan
Yale senior Abigail Nunn has already competed in her last meet as a Bulldog, but her swimming career is not over yet. On June 23 Nunn will compete in the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, a 28.5-mile race around the island of Manhattan in New York, N.Y. A total of 43 solo swimmers, seven relays and one team pursuit relay will take to the waterways surrounding the Big Apple for what has been named one of the World’s 100 Top Open Water Swims.

March 17, 2012
Forrester Closes Out 2011-12 Season for the Bulldogs
Junior Alexandra Forrester scratched from the prelims of the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday, but only after delivering one of the best swims the Bulldogs have had at the NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in recent years. Forrester finished sixth in the 100-yard butterfly on Friday, breaking her own Yale record in the prelims and then again in the finals. Forrester also posted a competitive time in the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday but did not make it to either of the evening’s finals. The conclusion of this meet marks the end of the 2011-12 season for the Yale women’s swimming and diving team.

March 16, 2012
Forrester Finishes Sixth in 100 Fly at NCAA Championships
Junior Alexandra Forrester exceed expectations Friday when she finished sixth in the nation at the 2012 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. Forrester outperformed her seeding in the 100-yard butterfly and broke her own Yale record in the event twice, first in the afternoon preliminaries and then again in the evening’s A final.

March 15, 2012
Forrester Opens Strong on Day One of NCAA Championships
Pool records at Auburn's James E. Martin Aquatic Center fell in every swimming event on the first day of competition at the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Junior Alexandra Forrester swam in the prelims of the 50-yard freestyle, and despite putting up her second-fastest time of the season, did not earn a second race in the finals.

March 14, 2012
Forrester to Compete at NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
A long road has led to the final weekend of competition for the Yale women’s swimming and diving team. This Thursday, Friday and Saturday junior Alexandra Forrester will represent Yale at the 2012 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala. Forrester qualified in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle and the 100-yard butterfly, having won the latter event at the 2012 Ivy League Championships. Forrester returns to NCAA’s for the second time in her Yale career, having competed in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly at the 2010 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships her freshman year. This meet will be the last of the 2011-12 season for any of the Bulldogs.

March 10, 2012
Rosenberg Has Two Top-10 Finishes at Zone Diving Championships
The Yale women’s swimming and diving team captain finished her season strong Saturday at the 2012 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships. Rachel Rosenberg had two top-ten finishes against more than 90 competitors from all over New England and parts of the Mid-Atlantic, taking 10th on one meter and sixth on three meter. Following on her record-setting win on three meter at the 2012 Ivy League Championships two weeks ago, Rosenberg was the top Ivy League finisher on three meter this weekend. This meet was the last of the season for Rosenberg and likewise the last of her Yale diving career.

March 6, 2012
Rosenberg to Compete at NCAA Zone Diving Championships
Senior captain Rachel Rosenberg will head to Buffalo, N.Y., at the end of this week to represent Yale at the 2012 NCAA Zone A Diving Championships. Junior Paige Meneses qualified for Zones several times over but will not be competing. If Rosenberg performs well enough she will join Alexandra Forrester in competing at the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Mar. 15-17 in Auburn, Ala.

March 3, 2012
Forrester Selected to Compete at NCAA Championships
It was announced on Wednesday of this week that junior Alexandra Forrester has qualified to compete at the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.

February 28, 2012
Seven Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy Honors
Seven members of the Yale women's swimming and diving team have been honored with All-Ivy status for their performances at the 2012 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool this past weekend. Captain Rachel Rosenberg was named Diver of the Meet, winning the three-meter diving event with a personal best and setting both new Yale and Ivy League records. Hayes Hyde defended her win from last year in the 200-yard butterfly to earn the title of Career High Point Swimmer. The Bulldogs placed second in 10 out of 21 total events and won five events: the 100- and 200-yard butterfly, three-meter diving, 400-yard freestyle relay and 200-yard medley relay.

February 26, 2012
Bulldogs Finish Third at Ivy League Championships
From top to bottom the entire Bulldog squad continued to excel as Yale rounded out three days of racing at the 2012 Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday. By defending her title in the 200-yard butterfly from last year, Hayes Hyde earned the title of career high point swimmer. Captain Rachel Rosenberg was a clear winner in the three-meter diving event, setting new Ivy League and Yale records and bringing in diver of the meet honors. The rest of the squad was equally impressive, as shown by Athena Liao, who dropped 2.43 seconds between heats and finals in the 200-yard breaststroke, and Alexandra Forrester, who set a Yale record in the heats of the 100-yard freestyle, an event she would go on to finish second in. After 21 events the Bulldogs racked up 1075.5 points to finish in third place overall. Harvard won the meet with 1478.5 points, followed by Princeton with 1310.5 points.

February 25, 2012
Three More Yale Records Broken on Day Two at Ivy League Championships
The Yale women’s swimming and diving team had its first wins at the 2012 Ivy League Championships on Friday. Alexandra Forrester and Hayes Hyde went 1-2 in the 100-yard butterfly and were half of the winning Yale 200-yard medley relay that set a new school record. Joan Weaver also set a Yale record in the 200-yard freestyle and was the anchor leg of the Bulldog 800-yard freestyle relay that dropped yet another Yale record. Other big performances came from Athena Liao, who finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke, and Cynthia Tsay, who finished second in the 100-yard backstroke. After two days the Bulldogs are in third place with 739.5 points, well ahead of the 600 points they had after day two at Ivy’s last year.

February 24, 2012
Forrester Breaks Own Yale Record on Day One at Ivy League Championships
The 2012 Ivy League Championships were off to an exciting start at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool Thursday as junior Alexandra Forrester took down her own school record in the 50-yard freestyle. Other notable finishes came from Hayes Hyde and captain Rachel Rosenberg, who each took second in the 200-yard individual medley and the one-meter diving event, respectively, as well as Joan Weaver, who took fourth in the 500-yard freestyle. Forrester’s 50 free prelim time was the first NCAA B-cut to come from the Bulldogs, and before the day was through they would see two more come from Hyde’s 200 IM and from the 400-yard medley relay. After the first day of competition the Bulldogs are sitting in a solid third place with 339.5 points.

February 21, 2012
Yale Heads to Ivy League Championships
The Bulldogs will look to make a splash this Thursday when they arrive at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool for the 2012 Ivy League Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. This will be the last meet that seniors Hayes Hyde, Athena Liao, Abigail Nunn and Rachel Rosenberg will compete in alongside the full Bulldog roster. Hyde and Liao have qualified for U.S. Olympic Trials this summer, and Rosenberg has qualified for the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships on Mar. 9-11 in Buffalo, N.Y. The rest of the squad will look to improve on the team’s finish at Ivy’s last year while individually going after either A- or B-cuts (view qualification standards here) to be eligible to compete at the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships held on Mar. 15–17 in Auburn, Ala.

February 12, 2012
Brown Edges Out Yale 151-149
The Yale women’s swimming and diving team dropped a close one Saturday. In their final dual meet of the season the Bulldogs fought hard against Brown but ceded a victory to the Bears by a margin of just two points. The Bulldogs were competitive right from the very start, but narrow wins by Brown in the 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard IM – each by just a few hundredths of a second – ultimately spelled victory for the Bears. The big wins of the night belonged to Joan Weaver, who won both distance swimming events, and the Yale diving squad for sweeping both diving events. The Bulldogs finish with a record of 3-4 for the regular season.

February 9, 2012
Bulldogs to Take On Bears at URI
A winning season is on the line this weekend as the Yale women’s swimming and diving team takes on the Brown Bears for its last meet of the regular season. Yale came up short against Harvard and Princeton last weekend to bring its record to an even 3-3 in dual meets. The Bulldogs own wins over Cornell, Dartmouth and Penn but lost to Columbia in their season opener.

February 5, 2012
Rosenberg Sweeps Diving Events in Team Losses to Harvard and Princeton
The Yale women’s swimming and diving team put up a good fight but came up short against Harvard and Princeton on Sunday. With the Bulldogs unable to put any swimmers in the winner’s circle the Bulldog divers carried the team, with senior captain Rachel Rosenberg winning both diving events. The final scores were Harvard 235, Yale 65 and Princeton 231, Yale 69. The Crimson also beat the Tigers 190-110, snapping Princeton’s 43-dual meet winning streak. For the first time in the better part of a decade Princeton will not head into Ivy’s as the conference dual meet champion, a shake-up that the Bulldogs could capitalize on in two weeks when all eight Ivy League teams reconvene at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool for the 2012 Ivy League Championships.

February 4, 2012
Yale Trailing After Day One at HYP
The annual tri-meet between Harvard, Princeton and Yale is underway at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool, with the Bulldogs trailing the Crimson and the Tigers after the first day of competition. Right now Harvard leads Yale 118-32, while Princeton is closer to Yale’s reach at 116-34. The highlight of the night was Yale’s diving squad putting two of their own in the top three in the one-meter event, with the three-meter event still to come tomorrow.

February 1, 2012
HYP Meet Kicks Off Big Month for Bulldogs
Having gone three weeks since their last competition, the members of the Yale women’s swimming and diving team will take part in the annual HYP tri-meet against Harvard and Princeton this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 4-5. The meet is back at Harvard this year after being at home in Payne Whitney last year and at Princeton the year before. The three programs of Harvard, Princeton and Yale account for 31 of the 34 Ivy League women’s swimming and diving titles, Princeton for 10 of the last 12. The Bulldogs will race against the Crimson and the Tigers at Harvard’s Blodgett Pool this weekend and then again in three weeks at the 2012 Ivy League Championships on Feb. 23-25. A meet pitting Yale against Brown is also scheduled to take place at the University of Rhode Island on Feb. 11 in the time in between.

January 14, 2012
Bulldogs Bring Home Two Wins and Two Pool Records from Dartmouth
The Yale women’s swimming and diving team continued its winning ways today with victories over both Dartmouth and Penn. The Bulldogs defeated the Quakers 161-138 and the Big Green 174-126 to bring their official dual season record (also their Ivy League record) to 3-1. The senior class continues to impress after last weekend’s senior night at Kiphuth Pool, as Hayes Hyde, Athena Liao, and Rachel Rosenberg each won two individual events at this weekend’s meet. Alexandra Forrester showed the junior class was just as strong, setting a pool record in the 100-yard freestyle and contributing to another pool record in the 400 free relay. With Yale winning a majority of the swimming events, as well as both diving events, and Dartmouth and Penn splitting the others, the Bulldogs went home with two wins in their last meet before a three weekend series in February that culminates in the Ivy League Championships.

January 13, 2012
Yale Heads to Hanover to Race Against Big Green, Quakers
Though the Bulldogs have been enjoying more success at home this season, the Yale women’s swimming and diving team will hope to take that success on the road when they race against Dartmouth and Penn in Hanover, N.H., this weekend. All three teams still have their respective training trips fresh in their minds, Yale and Penn training in Florida and Dartmouth in Hawaii. With this added fitness from winter break still being realized, this Saturday’s meet will be an important time for the Bulldogs to gain footing within the Ivy League before the team takes the following two weekends off of racing.

January 7, 2012
Bulldogs Rout Big Red on Senior Day
In their last home meet as Bulldogs, the swimmers and divers of the Class of 2012 went out in style today as Yale defeated Cornell 189.5-93.5. Yale took 12 out of 14 swimming events including both relays and won both diving events. The win shores up Yale’s dual season record to an even 1-1.

January 5, 2012
Yale to Host Cornell for First Meet of the New Year
Before classes begin next week the Yale women’s swimming and diving team will host the Cornell Big Red for its first meet of the new year and last home meet of the 2011-12 season. The meet this Saturday will be the first in more than a month for most of the Yale squad, though a small contingent raced in Atlanta, Ga., in December at the 2011 U.S. Winter National Championships. The Bulldogs have not lost to Cornell in dual competition in at least eight years and they will look to take down the Big Red again this weekend on the road to February’s all-important Ivy League Championships.

December 4, 2011
Hyde Headed to Olympic Trials after Day Three of Winter National Championships
Three members of the Yale women’s swimming and diving team swam in the evening finals Saturday on the third day of the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships. With fast times that chipped away at the Olympic Trials cuts, the list of Yale swimmers headed to the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Omaha, Neb., next June now includes Molly Albrecht, Alexandra Forrester, Hayes Hyde and Athena Liao.

December 2, 2011
Bulldogs Look Strong on Day Two of Winter National Championships
The small squad of swimmers from the Yale women’s swimming and diving team had another day of fast swims today at the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships. The Bulldogs were entered in four different events, with Molly Albrecht pulling double duty in the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke. Alexandra Forrester continues to impress, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Team trials in her second event with a silver medal finish in the 100-meter butterfly.

December 1, 2011
Forrester Qualifies for Olympic Trials on Day One of Winter National Championships
Junior Alexandra Forrester met the Olympic Trials standard not once, but twice in the 50 free today on the first day of competition at the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships. Fast times were delivered across the board from the five swimmers representing Yale in Atlanta, but the story of the night is Forrester becoming the third swimmer on the Bulldog roster headed to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials next June.

November 30, 2011
Five Swimmers to Represent Yale at Winter National Championships
With their first championship-style meet under their belts, five members of the Yale women’s swimming and diving team will head to Atlanta this weekend to compete at the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships. Racing at Boston University’s Terrier Invitational less than two weeks ago has prepared the squad for three days of heats and finals, but this weekend’s long course meters racing format will still be a change from the short course yards format the Bulldogs are more used to seeing. At stake are bids to next summer’s U.S. Olympic Team Trials for individuals who qualify.

November 21, 2011
Yale Takes Third at Terrier Invitational
The Yale women’s swimming and diving team wrapped up three days of racing on Sunday at Boston University’s Terrier Invitational, the team’s first championship meet of the season. Alexandra Forrester brought in the most points for the Bulldogs, winning two individual events and contributing to two second-place relay finishes. All told the Bulldogs racked up 373.5 points to finish third among ten total teams competing at the Terrier, a solid improvement over last year’s fifth-place finish. Yale’s top swimmers now find themselves primed for the 2011 Winter National Championships, set to begin in a little over a week.

November 17, 2011
Bulldogs Travel to Boston for Terrier Invitational
After racing four dual meets in the space of two weeks, the Yale women’s swimming and diving team will shift gears this weekend when the Bulldogs take part in Boston University’s three-day Terrier Invite. The championship-style meet will be a change of pace for the Bulldogs, who will have to swim in heats and finals on each day of competition. Not only will this meet be good preparation for the Ivy League Championships next February, but it will also prime Yale’s top tier of swimmers for the Winter National Championships coming up in December.

November 12, 2011
Yale Comes Up Short at Columbia
In a meet that came down to the last event and saw two pool records fall, the Yale women’s swimming and diving team put up a good fight in its loss to Columbia on Friday. The Bulldogs and the Lions split wins in the 14 swimming and two diving events evenly, but with the Lions consistently racking up points in second and third position and taking the top spot in both relays, the meet ultimately went in their favor. The final score of the meet was Columbia 161.5, Yale 138.5.

November 10, 2011
Women’s Swimming and Diving Kicks Off Ivy Dual Season Against Columbia
This Friday the Yale women’s swimming and diving team will see its first conference opponents when the Bulldogs take on the Columbia Lions. This is Yale’s only Ivy dual meet on the schedule for the remainder of the calendar year, and it will be a good opportunity for the team to stake a claim in the Ivy League before switching to the championship racing format at Boston University’s Terrier Invitational next week and then again at the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships in December.

November 3, 2011
Blue and White Matchup Set for Friday Afternoon
The Yale women’s swimming and diving team has one more scrimmage lined up before it sees its first Ivy League opponent next week. This Friday the Southern Connecticut Owls will make the short trip from the West Rock area of New Haven to face off against the Bulldogs in Kiphuth Pool. Yale raced against McGill and Colgate last weekend and outperformed both teams to kick its season off in winning fashion, while SCSU is coming off a narrow loss to the College of Saint Rose.

October 30, 2011
Bulldogs Top Colgate in Sunday Scrimmage
Continuing in its series of scrimmages, the Yale women’s swimming and diving team beat the Colgate Raiders in preseason today with a score of 164-79. The Bulldogs swept both diving categories and won 11 out of 12 total swimming events. Today’s meet was both a physical and mental challenge for the Bulldogs, as they had to pick themselves up and race despite having raced against McGill just yesterday. The Bulldogs will now get a short reprieve before their third and final scrimmage, scheduled for this Friday against Southern Connecticut.

October 29, 2011
Yale Takes McGill in Preseason Exhibition
The Yale women’s swimming and diving team saw some international competition earlier today when the Bulldogs squared off against the McGill Martlets in their first meet of the year. Yale won all 14 swimming events contested, and held the top two spots in seven events including one relay. Strong performances were delivered across the board, with veterans Molly Albrecht, Alexandra Forrester, Cynthia Tsay and Joan Weaver each claiming two first-place finishes in individual events. Two freshmen, Helena Gali and Elizabeth Larsen, also went home with wins in the 50-yard freestyle and 200-yard breaststroke, respectively. No women’s diving was contested today, but diving will kick off tomorrow’s scrimmage against Colgate.

October 27, 2011
Women’s Swimming and Diving Ready to Take on 2011-12 Season
In two days the Yale women’s swimming and diving team will dive into its competitive racing season with the strong foundation from last year’s season in place, and a lot of new faces looking forward. A winning record of 6-4 (5-2 Ivy League) made last year’s dual season a successful one, and with six All-Ivy honorees on a team of 22 the Bulldogs proved just as strong in championship races. Looking to take the team to the next level this year is Cristina Teuscher, who enters her second season as Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women's Swimming and Diving. Big things can be expected from this year’s swimmers and divers alike. Chris Bergère was a new hire last year as diving coach for the Bulldogs and he returns for a second season as well with his senior-most diver, Rachel Rosenberg, leading the team as Yale’s captain for the 2011-12 season.

July 21, 2011
Fabian Finishes 30th at Open Water World Championships
Eva Fabian (Keene, N.H.), an incoming swimmer on the Yale women’s swimming and diving team, finished in 30th place in the women’s 10k open water swim at the 2011 FINA World Championships on Tuesday. In a field of more than 50 swimmers Fabian endured both hot and humid conditions as well as feeding difficulties to finish in the middle of the pack and still post a very competitive time.

July 13, 2011
Former Olympian Dominique Diezi O'Brien Joins Yale Staff
Dominique Diezi O'Brien, a two-time Olympian for Switzerland, has been named assistant coach for the Yale women's swimming and diving team. Diezi O'Brien joins the staff of Cristina Teuscher, who enters her second season as Yale's Robert J.H. Kiphuth Head Coach of Women's Swimming and Diving.

June 30, 2011
Women's Swimming and Diving Class of 2015 Announced
The incoming class of freshmen on the Yale women’s swimming and diving team will feature six swimmers and one diver. The Bulldogs will welcome three athletes from the East Coast, three from California and one from Texas into the Class of 2015. A seventh swimmer, Eva Fabian, has also been accepted and has committed to attend Yale but may defer enrollment as she prepares for the 2012 Olympics. The team graduated three seniors last year and so the Bulldogs will compete with a larger squad in the 2011-2012 season.