March 21, 2013

Yale Starts Strong on Day One at NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Freshman Eva Fabian and senior Alexandra Forrester performed well on the first day of competition at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.  Both swimmers competed in freestyle events, Fabian in the 500 free and Forrester in the 50 free.  Forrester advanced to the evening's B final, finishing 15th overall.

To start the day off for the Bulldogs Fabian swam a 4:46.43 in the heats of the 500-yard freestyle.  Fabian came in at 41st out of 61 swimmers, an improvement on her 47th seed in the event.  Although her time was the fastest Fabian has ever done in the 500 free prelims, she did not earn a second swim.

Fabian will also swim in the 1,650-yard freestyle on Saturday where she is seeded 18th.

Forrester's performance in the morning prelims of the 50-yard freestyle would get her a second swim.  She touched the wall in a time of 22.35, tied for the 11th-fastest time out of 55 finishers.  This time moved her up in the rankings, a big improvement from her 25th seed and earned her a spot in the evening's B final.

In the B final of the 50-yard freestyle Forrester finished in a time of 22.68 for 15th place.

Forrester qualified in the 50 free with her time of 22.29 in the prelims at the Ivy League Championships.  She would go on to finish second in the finals behind Princeton's Lisa Boyce, but as Boyce only swam a 22.80 in the prelims at NCAA's on Thursday, Forrester was the fastest Ivy League swimmer at this meet.  Forrester's time from Thursday is also a big improvement over last year's 22.71, a time that did not get her out of the heats.

On Friday Forrester will swim in the 100-yard butterfly.  With her winning time from the Ivy League Championships she is seeded third in the country in this event.  Her time of 51.57 is nearly a whole second faster than her qualifying time of 52.51 from last year. 

Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity

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