NEW HAVEN, Conn. – 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.
"The Class of 2013 is full of fast swimmers and strong leaders, so I feel especially honored and privileged to be elected as captain for next season," said Weaver.
Ever since arriving at Yale Weaver has been a standout performer within the small, elite unit of the Yale swimming team. As a freshman Weaver won the 500-yard freestyle five times in dual competition and capped the season with a fifth-place finish in the 500 free at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships. Weaver posted a time of 4:50.85 at Ivy's, a full seven seconds faster than her high school personal best, to earn her first career NCAA B cut. She also competed in the 1,000-yard freestyle where she finished sixth at Ivy's with a time of 10:12.78, and in the 200-yard freestyle where she finished third at Ivy's with a time of 1:49.86.
As a sophomore Weaver earned All-Ivy Honors as a member of the 800-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays that finished second at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships. Weaver was also a part of the small delegation of swimmers to travel to the 2010 AT&T Short Course National Championships. There she competed in the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle, 800-yard freestyle relay and was part of the 200-yard freestyle relay that won the B final in a time of 1:33.86.
This year Weaver's best dual meet was against Cornell, where she won the 50-, 200- and 500-yard freestyles. She set a personal best time of 24.54 in the 50 free in between winning her stronger events, the 200 free and the 500 free. At the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships, Weaver had a personal best in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:49.55. Her individual highlight of the meet came when she broke a five-year old Yale record in the 200-yard freestyle, earning second-team All-Ivy honors with a time of 1:48.29. Weaver was the anchor leg of the 800-yard freestyle relay at Ivy's that broke yet another Yale record, posting a 1:48.03 split, the fastest of all the anchor legs in the event. Weaver was also the fastest anchor swimmer in the 400-yard freestyle relay as part of the Yale squad that finished first, set a Yale record and earned first-team All-Ivy honors. Earlier in the season Weaver was part of the small contingent of swimmers to travel to the 2011 AT&T Winter National Championships, where she competed in the 400-meter freestyle.
"Our team is a force to be reckoned with in the Ivy League and I want us to move up from our current third-place ranking," said Weaver. "We have a number of girls qualified for Olympic Trials this summer in a wide variety of events, which is promising for the breadth and depth of our talent as a team next year."
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity