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Forrester Stands Out on Day Two at Brown Invite

Alexandra Forrester. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)
Alexandra Forrester. (photo by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Yale women's swimming and diving team continued to impress on the second day of competition at the Brown Invitational on Saturday.  The Bulldogs are putting up some very fast times for this point in the season, with Alexandra Forrester winning the 100-yard butterfly handily and contributing to a Yale win in the 200-yard medley relay.  After day two Yale is sitting in a strong second place with 569 points.  Princeton continues to lead with 723 points.

Yale's 200-yard medley relay started off the night with a win.  The Bulldogs 'A' squad of Cynthia Tsay, Ali Stephens-Pickeral, Forrester and Joan Weaver posted a time of 1:41.88, while second-place Princeton came in at 1:42.06.  Yale's 'B' team of Molly Albrecht, Cassidy Lapp, Allison West and Emily Gudbranson finished eighth with a time of 1:48.09.

In the 400-yard individual medley Emma Smith was headed into the A final with the fastest time from the morning, a 4:19.57 from the prelims.  In the evening she clocked in at 4:20.69 for second place, while Princeton's Beverly Nguyen finished first (4:18.58).  Courtney Randolph was close behind in fourth place with a time of 4:26.29.

The 100-yard butterfly went to Forrester.  In the morning's prelims she posted a time of 52.19, just 0.08 seconds off of the NCAA A-cut time.  Later in the day she would finish first in the A final with a time of 52.95, again good enough for an NCAA B-cut.

Four Bulldogs qualified for the A final of the 200-yard freestyle.  Callie Fosburgh finished second (1:49.59), Eva Fabian fourth (1:51.10), Tsay seventh (1:52.90) and Albrecht eighth (1:54.81).  Weaver won the B final with a time of 1:50.22, a time that would have earned her fourth place in the A final.

Stephens-Pickeral was just off the mark in the A final of the 100-yard breaststroke.  With the fastest time of the morning she improved on her performance to finish with a time of 1:02.68 in the final, this time for second place.  The NCAA B-cut was 1:02.49, meaning Stephens-Pickeral was just 0.19 seconds behind the curve.  Lapp also swam in the A final, finished seventh with a time of 1:05.78.

A very close A final of the 100-yard backstroke saw Tsay finish in fifth place.  Tsay clocked in at 56.55, with just 2.82 seconds separating first place from eight place in the event.

Swimming on Saturday closed out with Yale taking second place in the 800-yard freestyle relay.  Yale's 'A' team of Fosburgh, Fabian, Casey Lincoln and Smith put together a time of 7:25.12, but Princeton's 'A' squad was far and away with a time of 7:21.32.  Yale's 'B' team of Rebecca DeLaFuente, Randolph, Allison West and Gudbranson finished eighth with a time of 7:40.12.

Saturday also held the one-meter diving event, where Yale sent two divers to the final.  Paige Meneses finished third with a score of 257.70, a major improvement over her score of 227.70 from the prelims.  Olivia Grinker was right behind her in fourth place with a score of 256.00, having put up 228.40 in the prelims.

Sunday will be the final day of competition at the Brown Invite.  The final events on the schedule are the 1650-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard breaststroke, 200-yard butterfly and the 400-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