McCloskey Reaches Finals at U.S. Open

McCloskey Reaches Finals at U.S. Open

Nov. 30, 2006

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Yale Swimmers Meg Gill, Moira McCloskey and Susan Kim all faced off against some of the world's best today in the first day of competition at the U.S. Open. The deep field, drawing from swimmers from across America and all over the world, included 10 U.S. Olympians.

The first Yale swimmer to race in Thursday morning's heats was McCloskey. She swam in the A Flight of heats for the 200 meter backstroke, having been drawn in heat 4 of 10, which included 2004 Olympic Champion Kirsty Coventry, who would eventually finish 2nd overall in the event.

McCloskey finished 5th in her heat with a time of 2:18.30, just 0.11 seconds behind Kelly Stefanyshyn. The time was good enough to send McCloskey to Thursday evening's `B' Final, where she finished 6th, with a time of 2:19.21.

Next in action Gill, who swam in the 50 meter freestyle event. She was drawn in the first heat of this morning's A Flight, and finished in 6th in her heat with a time of 27.16, which was good for 37th overall in a field of over 100 swimmers. Unfortunately Gill did not qualify for the top 24, which would have guaranteed her a place in Thursday evening's `A', `B' and `C' finals.

Finally, freshman standout Kim swam in the B Flight of the 100 meter breaststroke event. Kim finished 2nd in heat 8 with a time of 1:14.23. She just missed out on the finals though, finishing 28th overall in a field of over 90 swimmers.

Tomorrow, on day two of the U.S. Open, McCloskey and Gill will both be competing again. McCloskey will swim in the 100 meter backstroke and Gill will compete in the 100 meter butterfly. Complete Results are available on the USA Swimming website.

Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity