NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Freshman Eva Fabian finished her first year on the Yale women's swimming and diving team as an Ivy League Champion in two distance events. Now with six months until collegiate racing resumes she will compete in distance events outside of the pool. This weekend Fabian will shift her focus to open water swimming, as she did briefly this past January, by racing at the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Cozumel, Mexico.
At the 2013 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships Fabian won the 1,000-yard freestyle and the 1,650-yard freestyle, earning first-team all-Ivy honors. She also made second-team All-Ivy for finishing second in the 500-yard freestyle. At that meet Fabian set the Yale record in all three distance events, and earned a spot to race at the NCAA Championships in the 500 and the 1,650.
In the time leading up to Ivy's and NCAA's Fabian raced at the first World Cup in Santos, Brazil. On Jan. 27 she finished second out of 37 as part of a 1-2 finish with fellow American Emily Brunneman. In Santos Fabian went up against London 2012 gold medalist Eva Risztov of Hungary, bronze medalist Martina Grimaldi of Italy, as well as the reigning World Cup Champion Ana Marcela Cunha of Brazil.
There are as many big names expected to race in Cozumel. Grimaldi and Risztov are at large in addition to a slew of Americans: Brunemann, Haley Anderson, Heidi George, Christine Jennings and Ashley Twichell.
These World Cup races all complement the FINA World Championships, held in Barcelona from July 19 – Aug. 4. Cozumel is the fourth stop on the 2013 circuit of the FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup. More information on the event is available here.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity