Forrester Breaks Ivy Record in 100 Fly on Day Two at Ivy League Championships

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

Forrester Earns NCAA A-Cut among Five Yale Records Set on Friday

Day Two Video Highlights

PRINCETON, N.J. – Five more school records fell on the second day of racing at the 2013 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday.  The day was highlighted by senior Alexandra Forrester, who broke her own Ivy League record in the 100-yard butterfly with one of the fastest times in the nation to guarantee a spot at the NCAA Championships in three weeks.  Forrester's time was one of five performances on Friday that set school records, the others being in the 400-yard IM, 1000-yard freestyle, 200-yard freestyle and the 200-yard medley relay.  After fourteen events the Bulldogs are in fourth place with 694 points.  Princeton leads with 953.5 points, followed by Harvard (920) and Columbia (796).

Morning Preliminaries

First up on Friday were the heats of the 400-yard individual medley.  Freshman Emma Smith was Yale's top finisher, coming in third with a time of 4:16.23.  Smith's time from the morning is well below the NCAA B-Cut in the event (4:19.39) and also breaks the 11-year-old Yale record in the event set by Susan Cooke '03.  Coming out of the heats junior Courtney Randolph was also headed to the A final, finishing sixth with a time of 4:20.45.

Forrester turned some heads with her win in the 100-yard butterfly.  She clocked in at 51.68, the fastest time in the prelims by almost two seconds - a time that breaks her pervious Ivy League record in the event.  Forrester also made the NCAA A-cut (52.11) in the event, meaning she's punched her ticket for NCAA Championships in Indianapolis in three weeks.

In the 200-yard freestyle prelims senior captain Joan Weaver placed sixth with a time of 1:48.21.  This time beats her own Yale record of 1:48.29 that put her in second place in the finals at Ivy's last year.  Freshman Callie Fosburgh also cracked the top eight with a time of 1:48.82 and would go on to the evening's A final.

Freshman Ali Stephens-Pickeral then finished sixth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.01.  The fastest time in the heats belonged to Columbia's Katie Meili, who set a very high standard for the field with a time of 58.96 that comes in under the A-Cut in the event.

The final swimming event of the morning was the 100-yard backstroke, where senior Cynthia Tsay finished fifth with a time of 54.93.  The time puts her below the B-Cut of 55.09.

The morning ended with the prelims of the three-meter diving event.  Senior Paige Meneses put up 277.30 points for fifth place, and she will compete in the A final on Saturday.

Evening Finals

In the 200-yard medley relay Tsay, Stephens-Pickeral, Forrester and Weaver combined for a time of 1:40.21 to finish in fourth place.  Harvard won the event with a time of 1:39.48, meaning less than three quarters of a second separated first place from fourth place.  Though it was not the winning time Yale's 1:40.21 still beats the Yale record of 1:41.05 from Ivy's last year.

The Bulldogs had their first win of the night in the 1000-yard freestyle.  Freshman Eva Fabian won with a time of 9:46.08, a margin of victory of more than five seconds, to break her own Yale record in the event.  Freshman Casey Lincoln finished third with a time of 9:53.46.

In the 400-yard IM Smith finished fifth with a time of 4:18.21, again below the B-Cut standard of 4:19.39.  Randolph finished seventh with a time of 4:20.24 for a slight improvement over her time from the morning.

Forrester improved on her swim from the morning to win the final of the 100 fly with a time of 51.57.  She went out at 23.79, meaning she had a full second lead on the field after the first 50 yards.  Forrester came home in 27.78 to grow her lead and lower her hours-old Ivy record by 0.11 seconds.  The pool and meet records will also belong to Forrester after this weekend, but even more exciting is that her winning time of 51.57 is just 0.02 seconds behind that of freshman Kelsi Worrell of Louisville, who won the 100 fly at the Big East Swimming and Diving Championships to post the fastest time in the nation.

In the 200-yard freestyle Weaver broke through the 1:48 mark, improving on her swim from the morning with a time of 1:47.79 in the finals for fifth place.  This time is again below the B-Cut and it lowers her Yale record from the prelims.  Fosburgh rounded out the A final with a time of 1:49.32 for eighth place.

The Bulldogs were spread across three finals in the 100-yard breaststroke.  Stephens-Pickeral finished eighth in the A final with a time of 1:03.43.  Lapp finished third in the B final for 11th place overall with a time of 1:03.64, while Levere was right behind her in 15th place overall with a time 1:05.21.  Sophomore Elizabeth Larsen picked up points with a 20th place finish (fourth in the C final) with a time of 1:05.92. 

In the 100-yard backstroke Tsay finished fifth with a time of 54.81, again below the B-cut time of 55.09.  Tsay's times on Friday were among the fastest in her career, following on her new Yale record of 54.72 as the first leg of the 400-yard medley relay on Thursday night.

The night ended with the 800-yard freestyle relay, where senior Molly Albrecht, Fosburgh, Smith and Fabian finished fifth with a time of 7:20.90.  Yale was just a hair behind Dartmouth, who finished fourth with a time of 7:20.81, and the Bulldogs were just over the school record of 7:19.55 set at Ivy's last year.

The final day of competition begins at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow with the heats of the 200-yard backstroke.  Live stats are available here and live video of the finals will be available here.

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity