Fabian Wins 500 free, Forrester Sets Yale Record in 50 Free
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team got off to a strong start at the Brown Invitational on Friday. The Bulldogs took second in both relays and had some great individual performances as well. Freshman Eva Fabian won the 500-yard freestyle, while senior Alexandra Forrester broke her own Yale record in the 50-yard freestyle. After the first day of competition the Bulldogs are sitting in second place with 249 points. Princeton leads with 343 points, and Dartmouth is behind Yale in third with 197 points.
The first event of the evening was the 200-yard freestyle relay. The Yale 'A' lineup of Forrester, Cynthia Tsay, Cassidy Lapp and Joan Weaver took a close second place to Princeton. Forrester kept the Bulldogs close after the first 50 yards and Tsay pulled the team back into first coming into the halfway point. Princeton came back in the third 50, and Weaver would match Princeton's anchor exactly with a 23.32 split. The final margin was 0.08 seconds, with Yale clocking in at 1:32.88 to Princeton's 1:32.80.
In the 500-yard freestyle Fabian posted a time of 4:47.42 for first place. This result is more than five seconds faster than the time from Fabian's first-place swim at Boston University's Terrier Invitational only two weeks ago. She came in just under the NCAA B-cut time of 4:47.79 and was the only swimmer to make the mark on Friday night. Fabian was only 0.28 seconds off of Molly Albrecht's Yale record of 4:47.14 that she set at Ivy's in 2011.
The Bulldogs put four swimmers in the A final of the 500 free, more than any other team. Casey Lincoln finished third (4:51.94), Callie Fosburgh fifth (4:54.16) and Albrecht sixth (4:54.84). Weaver won the B final with a time of 4:55.58, a time that would have put her in a close eighth place in the A final.
Emma Smith was Yale's top swimmer in the 200-yard freestyle, finishing sixth with a time of 2:04.61. Courtney Randolph and Jacqui Levere picked up points in the B final, finishing 11th (2:05.96) and 16th (2:08.81), respectively.
In the prelims of the 50-yard freestyle Forrester posted the top time of 22.74, sending her to the A final with the fastest time of the day by 0.18 seconds. Later in the evening she improved on her performance from the morning to finish in second place with a time of 22.61. Princeton's Lisa Boyce won the event with a time of 22.52, and it was actually the Boyce-Forrester duo that went 1-2 in the 50 free at Ivy's last year. Forrester's time of 22.61 was a personal best, broke her own Yale record of 22.63 and earned her an NCAA B-cut. Tsay also swam in the A final, finishing seventh with a time of 23.71.
The last swimming event of the day was the 400-yard medley relay. Yale's 'A' team of Tsay, Ali Stephens-Pickeral, Forrester and Weaver took second with a time of 3:43.84. Princeton got out front early and would go on to win the event, though the Bulldogs briefly recaptured the lead after Forrester's butterfly leg. Yale's 'B' team of Albrecht, Lapp, Kasey Mann and Fosburgh took ninth with a time of 3:52.82.
Friday closed out with the women's three-meter diving event. Paige Meneses qualified for the final with a score of 256.70 in the prelims. In the evening final she put up 236.55 points to take third place.
The events scheduled for Saturday are the 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard IM, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke and the 800-yard freestyle relay. Heats will begin at 11:00 a.m. and finals will follow at 6:00 p.m.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity