Bulldogs Look Strong on Day Two of Winter National Championships

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

Forrester Wins Silver in 100m Fly

ATLANTA – 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.

The first event of the day for the Bulldogs was the 100-meter butterfly preliminaries, where Forrester posted the second-fastest time out of 137 total swimmers in the event.  Her time of 58.94 was just 0.02 seconds away from being the fastest of the morning.  Hayes Hyde clocked in at 1:03.24 for 63rd place, solidly in the top half of the field and only a little over a second off of the Olympic Trials qualifying standard of 1:01.99.  Carly Gibson, the Bulldogs' volunteer assistant coach, finished 55th with a time of 1:02.94.  With her performance in the heat, Forrester had earned herself a top lane for the evening's A final.

Albrecht then had her first of two morning swims with the heats of the 200-meter freestyle.  Albrecht clocked in at 2:06.40 to put herself 66th in a field of 99 swimmers.  She would later compete in the 100-meter backstroke, finishing in a time of 1:06.64.

Athena Liao posted a fast time in the 100-meter breaststroke.  Liao swam a 1:14.06 to put her 59th out of 102 swimmers.  Liao missed the 1:12.19 Olympic Trials cut but has already qualified in the 200-meter breaststroke, which she will compete in tomorrow.

In the A final of the 100 fly, Forrester came off the blocks quick and was the first to make the turn.  At the 50-meter mark she clocked in at 26.92, the only sub-27 second split in any of the three finals.  Dana Vollmer, the current American record holder and world champion in the event, was able to catch Forrester in the second half of the race as both swimmers improved on their times from the morning.  In the end Forrester took second place with a time of 58.50, well over three seconds under the Olympic Trials cut. 

Watch the video of the Women's 100m Butterfly A Final here.

The Bulldogs will wrap things up tomorrow, starting with Albrecht in the 200-meter backstroke.  Forrester will then take to the heats of the 100-meter freestyle, followed by Liao in the 200-meter breaststroke.  In the last event of the weekend Hyde and Forrester will race in the 200-meter butterfly.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity