CASTAIC LAKE, Calif. – Eva Fabian, now a rising sophomore on the Yale women's swimming and diving team, finished in third place in Friday's USA Swimming 10k Open Water National Championships. In a photo finish Clearwater Aquatic Club's Becca Mann just pushed Fabian out of one of the top two spots that would have earned her a spot on the U.S. team for the World Championships this summer in Barcelona.
Fabian raced well in the first laps of the 1640-meter course, staying in the hunt right from the start. In the second half of the race, around lap four, reigning 10k national champion Ashley Twichell took a lead but Fabian stayed locked in with her and Haley Anderson, the London 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 10k.
Fabian executed the turns well, each time driving the pace of the lead group of swimmers that included Anderson and Twichell.
After four of six laps Fabian was at the front of an incredibly tight group of swimmers.
We've completed the fourth of six circuits and Eva Fabian leads a tight group in the 10K at Open Water Nationals! twitter.com/USA_Swimming/s…— USA Swimming (@USA_Swimming) May 17, 2013
Around the fifth lap Fabian kept pace with Twichell, followed by a duo of Mann and the current No. 2-ranked FINA World Cup swimmer, Emily Brunemann.
But as Twichell fell off the pace, No. 5-ranked Christine Jennings stepped in. Jennings was the first to touch the board, but it was a photo finish for second through fourth where it was Mann, followed by Fabian and then Brunemann. Twichell was fifth.
Christine Jennings 2:02:14.336
Becca Mann 2:02:16.062
Eva Fabian 2:02:16.355
Emily Brunemann 2:02:16.507
Ashley Twichell 2:02:17.148.
Full results are available here.
While Fabian just missed the second qualifying spot for Worlds on Friday, she did get the better of Brunemann, who finished ahead of Fabian back in January at the first FINA 10km Marathon Swimming World Cup in Santos, Brazil.
Report filed by Tom Lynam '13, Yale Sports Publicity