Dec. 2, 2006
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - On the third and final day of the U.S. Open, the Yale women's swimming team had its third finalist. Freshman Susan Kim finished 5th in the 'C' final of the 200 meter breaststroke.
Picking up where Moira McCloskey had left off in Thursday's and Friday's backstroke events, Kim, swam a fast enough time in the morning's preliminary heats to qualify for the finals, held in the evening session. Kim tied for 18th overall in the heats by finishing 3rd in her heat with a time of 2:38.41, just 0.02 seconds behind Auburn's Nanou Amardeilh.
In the 'C' final, Kim improved on her time, finishing in 2:37.69. But once again she could not keep up with Amardeilh, who was 0.08 seconds faster. The Yale freshman finished 5th in the heat.
Also in action was Yale's captain Meg Gill. Gill was on double duty Saturday morning, swimming in both the 100 meter freestyle and the 200 meter butterfly. Gill performed well in both her heats but did not swim a fast enough time to qualify for the evening's finals.
In the 200 fly, Gill won her heat in a time of 2:21.81, finishing 41st overall. In the 100 free, she came second in her heat and 60th overall with a time of 59.37.
After a promising three days of competition at one of the biggest swim meets in the United States (over 1,000 swimmers competed), McCloskey, Gill and Kim will rejoin the rest of their team, who continue to compete in the Nutmeg Invitational.
Complete Results from all three days of the U.S. Open are available on the USA Swimming website.
Report filed by Jamie Cordes '07, Yale Sports Publicity