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Thread: Women's Swim Recruiting: Class of 2017

  1. #301
    Quote Originally Posted by juarezbear View Post
    Please refresh my memory as to who MSH is?
    MSH is 2018 recruit Mary-Sophie Harvey. She's a distance oriented IMer with even more upside than fellow Canadian Darcel. Based on an interview in the 2018 recruiting thread,worries about the French Canadian language barrier appear to be overblown. Don't know about spelling, but clearly MSH's vocabulary is much more advanced than UAC's. MSH actually uses words that civilized/educated North Americans recognize.

    Penny is Penny Oleksisk, Canadian Olympic medalist heroine and featured in tedbear's avatar. Reasonable chance that either/both MSH and Penny will turn pro and still swim for Canadian colleges.

  2. #302

    2017 cif-ss

    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post

    Note that several of these Baby Bears have yet to participate in their rested SCY meet for this season (in particular the in-state recruits since the CA sectionals & State Champs equiv. aren't typically scheduled until May), so may improve their times further once these championship meets have taken place. Also seem to recall that Dannie didn't race her HS states this year, not certain if it was an injury-related issue or something else...
    2017 CIF Southern Section Champs are underway. Prelims for Division 1 took place Thurs, to be followed by Sat Finals @ 5 pm.

    Haven't checked on all the race outcomes for our incoming , but live results can be monitored here: http://faculty.polytechnic.org/cifss...7-D1/index.htm


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    Of some note was Alicia Harrison's 27.91 breast split for Ventura in the 200 Medley Relay. Let's see if she can improve upon that in the finals session...



    Would be ever so fab for us if Ali can drop down to the upper 26s to low 27s after a season of training under Teri & Ian, as that would allow Abbey to throw down an insane anchor to increase our chances of repeating this relay title now that Bears will no longer have the luxury of using Farida to close out the race! For some perspective, Abbey had busted out a 26.67 @ 2017 NCAAs, and a 27.00 @ 2017 Pac-12s.

    To demo her versatility, Ali had anchored Ventura to a 7th seeded spot for finals with her 50.62 split in the 400 Free Relay prelims session (her relay teammates in the 53 to 54 sec range).

    She also claimed the #2 seed behind Nikol Popov with a 1:01.39 in the 100 Breast prelims.

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    FINALS UPDATE => Ali killed it with a dominating 27.71 breast split to propel Ventura High to an upset win in the 200 Medley Relay finals!! Next fastest breast split in the field was a 28.93.


    Ventura girls win 200 medley relay

    Definitely positions Ali for consideration for a medley relay spot @ 2018 NCAAs, esp if she can drop more time in her upcoming freshie year.

    For reference, the corresponding medley relay splits @ 2017 Pac-12s for our Bears were 27.00 (Abbey), 27.76 (Marina), 28.15 (Maija), 28.59 (Alexa B). Marina & Celina won't be around for the forthcoming season, and whilst Maija did make great progress this past season, her forte tends to lie in the longer distances. Thleen's prob more valuable on the backstroke leg in this relay, with Amy in play as well for this lead off position. Naturally fellow 2017 commits Sarah, Dannie, Lexa & Natalie may have something to say about claiming a spot here lol.


    Alicia Harrison, Ventura

    Although Ali didn't lower her times further in her individual events from prelims (PB of 49.87 @ 100 Free, and 1:01.39 @ 100 Breast), she claimed the runner-up spot in the Championship final for both of these 2 events (50.02 @ 100 Free & 1:01.78 @ 100 Breast). Also anchored Ventura to a 6th place finish with a 50.72 free split in the concluding 400 Free Relay.


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    Our other SoCal Div 1 recruit was busy too! Alexa Skorus Neely laying claim to the #2 seed in the 200 IM behind Nikol, in a time of 2:03.29:



    Alexa (or is it Lexa...or perhaps Lexi?? ) had also qualified as the top seed in the B final of the 100 Breast with her 1:04.70


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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 05-16-2017 at 06:18 AM. Reason: finals photos

  3. #303

    2017 cif state meet

    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post
    2017 CIF Southern Section Champs are underway.

    Although Ali didn't lower her times further in her individual events from prelims (PB of 49.87 @ 100 Free, and 1:01.39 @ 100 Breast), she claimed the runner-up spot in the Championship final for both of these 2 events (50.02 @ 100 Free & 1:01.78 @ 100 Breast). Also anchored Ventura to a 6th place finish with a 50.72 free split in the concluding 400 Free Relay.
    Very impressed by Alicia Harrison's performances @ the 2017 California High School Swimming Girls State Championship this weekend!

    Standout race for our 2017 recruit had to be the 100 Breast A final, where Ali stormed to 2nd place not that far behind furdette-to-be Grace Zhao who took the win in 1:00.66.

    Noteworthy here was Ali dipping into the minute territory for the first time in her career, with her new PB of 1:00.80! (prev lifetime best = 1:01.22 from Dec 2016)

    Harrison had also claimed 5th in the 100 Free with her 50.30.

    For reference, here are the current PBs in the 100 Breast for our women's swim team next year, including our incoming Bears + the 2017 saplings:


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    100y Breast (2017 NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 59.04)


    ~ 2017 NCAA A Final Qualifying Time (8th) = 59.06 ~
    - N/A -


    ~ 2017 NCAA B Final Qualifying Time (16th) = 59.81 ~
    Kathleen Baker ....... 59.37...... 2014 Mar


    ~ 2017 NCAA Slowest Invited Time (38th) = 1:00.34 ~
    - N/A -



    ~ 2017 NCAA 'B' Cut: 1:02.49 ~
    �� Grace Zhao ...... 1:00.54...... 2016 Dec*
    Maija Roses ......... 1:00.78...... 2017 Pac-12s**
    �� Ali Harrison ...... 1:00.80...... 2017 May*
    Abbey Weitzeil ..... 1:00.86...... 2016 Georgia Fall Invite*
    Keaton Blovad ...... 1:01.02...... 2015 Mar
    �� Brooke Forde .... 1:01.61...... 2017 Mar*
    �� Sarah Darcel ....... 1:01.79...... {converted times per BearDevil}
    �� Dannie Dilsaver . 1:02.03...... 2016 Nov*



    ~ Outside of a 2017 NCAA 'B' cut ~
    Alexa Buckley ........ 1:02.51...... 2017 Pac-12s**
    �� Lexa Skorus-Neely 1:02.81...... 2016 May
    �� Natalie Tuck ...... 1:04.02...... 2017 Feb*




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    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post
    Ali killed it with a dominating 27.71 breast split to propel Ventura High to an upset win in the 200 Medley Relay finals!! Next fastest breast split in the field was a 28.93.

    Definitely positions Ali for consideration for a medley relay spot @ 2018 NCAAs, esp if she can drop more time in her upcoming freshie year.

    For reference, the corresponding medley relay splits @ 2017 Pac-12s for our Bears were 27.00 (Abbey), 27.76 (Marina), 28.15 (Maija), 28.59 (Alexa B). Marina & Celina won't be around for the forthcoming season, and whilst Maija did make great progress this past season, her forte tends to lie in the longer distances. Thleen's prob more valuable on the backstroke leg in this relay, with Amy in play as well for this lead off position. Naturally fellow 2017 commits Sarah, Dannie, Lexa & Natalie may have something to say about claiming a spot here lol.
    Ali had actually started off today's finals session with quite a bang, propelling her Ventura HS team to the title in the 200 Medley Relay, with her fastest 50y Breast split to date of 27.68 (surpassing last week's 27.71 from sectionals)! Only breast leg to go under 28 sec in the entire field, with Zhao's 28.07 representing the 2nd fastest.



    If I recall correctly, Ali was one of the most enthusiastic Cal recruits in this class, even attended some of last season's duals with her mum to cheer on her future teammates. Couldn't be happier for our baby , yaaaay!!!

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    Fellow commit Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou had also raced in the A finals at States, taking 5th in the 100 Back (54.62), and 8th in the 100 Fly (55.22).

    2018 prospects such as Amalie Fackenthal, Elise Garcia, Hallie Kinsey, Mikki Thompson, Izzi Henig & Vivian Wang competed as well. Their results can be checked here:


    Not the appropriate thread for this mention so I'll keep it brusque lol, but basically 2017 signees on the men's side made their mark today too @ their respective States - Daniel Carr in CO, Bryce Mefford & Jarod Hatch in CA.

  4. #304

    54TH MEL ZAJAC JR. INTERNATIONAL SWIM MEET (Vancouver)

    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post
    CollegeSwimming's database isn't up to date for Sarah, but assuming Darcel's times at the recent Canadian Trials from April 2017 are PBs (always a good thing for one's lifetime bests to be recent, as it would imply a continuing upside to one's performance!), would imagine our latest baby 's likely 2018 NCAA events to be:

    Day 2 - 200 IM (potential B final scorer!)

    Day 3 - 400 IM (potential A final scorer!!!)

    Day 4 - 200 Breast (potential B final scorer!)
    Sarah would massively fill in a couple of key areas of deficiency for Bears, the longer IM & Breast

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    200y Breast (2017 NCAA ‘A’ Cut: 2:07.33)


    ~ 2017 NCAA A Final Qualifying Time (8th) = 2:07.45 ~
    - N/A -


    ~ 2017 NCAA B Final Qualifying Time (16th) = 2:09.79 ~
    �� Brooke Forde ...... 2:09.12...... 2016 Dec*
    �� Grace Zhao ........ 2:09.21...... 2016 Dec*
    �� Sarah Darcel ....... 2:09.49...... 2017 Canadian Trials* (converted from 200m Breast LCM time of 2:27.74)


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    MEL ZAJAC MEET PREVIEW – SHAPING UP TO BE CANADA VS. USA SHOWDOWN

    Kierra Smith | May 24th, 2017


    • UBC Aquatic Centre, Vancouver, British Columbia
    • May 26th-28th, 2017
    Meet site (with past results): https://www.teamunify.com/SubTabGene..._stabid_=38821
    Psych sheets: https://cdn.swimswam.com/wp-content/...chsheet-01.pdf
    Live results: http://results.teamunify.com/canubc/2017/zajac/


    Women’s 200m Breaststroke

    My predictions,

    1st Kierra Smith. I feel as awkward writing this part as you probably do reading it. There, it’s over. Let’s just move on.

    2nd Sarah Darcel. The Cal Berkeley commit enters with a 2:27 after a bronze medal performance at World Trials. This represents a 5 second (not a typo) time drop over a year ago. Apologies to the Grande Cache Alberta swimming community, but coming out of nowhere to swim with Brad Dingie’s NexGen program on Vancouver Island, Darcel has lit it up and doesn’t seem to be letting up.


    American Juniors.

    Dakota Luther, Taylor Ault, Morgan Tankersley and Alex Sumner might not be household names right now but in 2009 the USA brought up a junior team to this same meet which included names like Margalis, Vreeland, Hannis, Dirado, Shields, Geer and Franklin. Love, hate or indifferent, United States swimming is a juggernaut and at some point some of this lot of Americans are going to replace the current lot. And, make no mistake, whoever does will be expected keep the dynasty going. For many of the 11 American juniors in Vancouver, it will be their first time representing their country on foreign soil.


    https://swimswam.com/mel-zajac-jr-in...-meet-preview/


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    As noted in this article, baby Sarah Darcel will be competing...


    Congratulations to Claremont's Sarah Darcel on signing with the University of California Berkeley! Sarah's full-ride, Div 1 NCAA scholarship is valued at $425,000 over 4 years. She will also be representing team Canada and Berkeley at the FISU games in Taiwan this August. Way to go Sarah!


    ...along with a number of some bright prospects that we have been discussing over on the 2018 recruits thread:




    One notable US Nat Junior omitted from the SwimSwam mentions above is Kate Douglass (#1 NY, #3 Nat - Class of 2019).


    Kate is seeded as follows:

    50m Free: #1=
    100m Breast: #5
    200m Breast: #6
    100m Free: #8
    50m Breast: #15
    200m Free #42 (out of 120 entered in this event)


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    Another swim meet to keep an eye on this weekend will be the 2017 Novaquatics Speedo Grand Challenge down in Irvine.

    A number of our women's team, plus the men, will be getting some long course racing/training under their belts, before the high profile Arena Pro Series @ Santa Clara after the holiday weekend.

    Minus Murph, Pebs, Josh & Tom, who are presently busy training up a storm up at the Olympic Training Centre in CO:



    Incoming Bear Ali Harrison will also get to race alongside her future teammates at the SoCal meet.

    http://bearinsider.com/forums/showth...#post842841494


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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 05-26-2017 at 01:14 PM. Reason: photo

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    Robin Neumann: Full racing program this weekend in Vienna with 'de drie biggetjes' ������������*♀️




    https://www.instagram.com/p/BUhSf0zjcXI/


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    Robin: Dutchies rocking Vienna �������� Swam a good 400 freestyle with a new meet record ����*♀️���� #halloleben #iamfocussed




    https://www.instagram.com/p/BUkG7xqDIJ6/


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  6. #306

    Arena PSS - Santa Clara (Psych sheet)

    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post
    A number of our women's team, plus the men, will be getting some long course racing/training under their belts, before the high profile Arena Pro Series @ Santa Clara after the holiday weekend.
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    2017 SANTA CLARA PSS PSYCH SHEETS: DWYER, BEISEL SET TO RETURN



    There are so many key swimmers entered for Santa Clara that the meet will serve as a little preview for World Trials. Along with all of the Americans, there are some international swimmers entered too, including some of Canada’s World Championship squad.

    Below are just some of the notable names entered at the meet, which will take place from June 1-4:

    MEN

    • Nathan Adrian
    • Ryan Murphy
    • Tom Shields
    • Josh Prenot
    • Jacob Pebley
    • Anthony Ervin

    Women

    • Abbey Weitzeil
    • Katie McLaughlin
    • Kathleen Baker
    • Farida Osman


    https://swimswam.com/2017-santa-clar...el-set-return/


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    So, from a quick perusal of the psych sheet here at https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/def...sych-sheet.pdf, thought I'd throw out a slew of names of potential interest who weren't deemed worthy of mention in the SwimSwam article:

    Cal W Swim Team (sizeable contingent) + alums Farida & Marina + Camille, Yvette & Stephanie (HK )
    Cal M Swim Team (sizeable contingent) + alums
    Sarah Darcel (2017 signee)
    Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou (2017 signee)
    Amalie Fackenthal (2018 prospect)
    Zoe Bartel (2018 prospect, possibly a furdette lean tho?! )
    Hallie Kinsey (2018 prospect)
    Izzi Henig (2018 prospect)
    Ema Rajic (2018 prospect)
    Vivian Wang (2018 prospect)
    Isabel Ivey (2019 prospect)
    Regan Smith (2020 prospect)

    One interesting observation - top 2 seeds in the 100m Breast are Cal alumna (Yvette & Marina), as are the top seed (Marina) & #6 seed (baby Sarah) in the 200m Breast. Reckon LCM can be quite a different beast from SCY perhaps...


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  7. #307

    2017 Mel Zajac - Day 1 FINALS (quickie results :)

    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post

    MEL ZAJAC MEET PREVIEW – SHAPING UP TO BE CANADA VS. USA SHOWDOWN

    https://swimswam.com/mel-zajac-jr-in...-meet-preview/

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    As noted in this article, baby Sarah Darcel will be competing...

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    Seeing that SwimSwam has yet to publish a report on tonight's results from this meet, reckon I'd post a quick update here before going out to party for the rest of the evening...

    Sarah Darcel won the 400m IM A final in a time of 4:43.32

    She also took 4th in the 200m Free (2:02.83)

    Came in 12th in the 50m Fly (28.33)

  8. #308

    2017 Mel Zajac - Day 2 FINALS

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    FUNK, SMITH CRUISE TO 200 BREAST VICTORIES ON DAY 2 OF MEL ZAJAC


    In the women’s event (50m Free) American junior Katherine Douglass cleared the field easily in 25.56, followed by Robrock’s German teammate Johanna Roas (26.04).

    The women’s 200 IM was arguably the most exciting race of the night, with Island Swimming’s Sarah Darcel emerging in 2:15.27. Darcel, who swam three finals on the night, was run down by Kelsey Wog on the breaststroke leg before holding her off in the freestyle.


    https://swimswam.com/funk-smith-crui...y-2-mel-zajac/


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    Kate Douglass Sprints to a First-Place Finish at 2017 Mel Zajac Jr International



    15-year-old Kate Douglass, USA national teamer and multiple NAG record holder, sprinted to a first place finish in the women’s 50-meter freestyle with her time of 25.56, topping a packed field by half a second. University of Denver’s Johanna Roas touched second in 26.04, and USA’s Daria Pyshnenko was close behind in 26.07 to round out the top three finishers in the event.

    The next event underway was the finals of the women’s 200-meter IM, where Sarah Darcel of Island Swimming Club managed to hold on to first place, touching in 2:15.27 to Kelsey Wog of Team Manitoba’s second-place time of 2:15.63. Darcel’s teammate 26-year-old Hilary Caldwell notched a third-place finish for the team with her time of 2:16.62.

    To finish out the session, the women and men competed in the 800-meter freestyle relay. On the women’s side, the USA Junior National team bested the Canada Junior National team by about four seconds. For the US team, Madelyn Donohoe, Morgan Tankersley, Douglass, and Ault put together a time of 8:18.92, while Canada’s Kyla Leibel, Aleksa Gold, Isabel Sarty, and Jessica Luo stopped the clock in 8:23.06.


    https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.co...international/


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  9. #309
    Judging from her Santa Clara times (uptapered in season), Sarah Darcel has more range/versatility than previously thought. 200/400 IM and 200 Breast. Her 50/100 Free times are reasonably close to Maddie Murphy's. Realize we're talking about LCMs, but may be able to compete for 200/400 Free relay legs. If Sarah, Robin, and Ali can contribute on relays as froskies, the 2017 recruiting class will be very productive.

  10. #310

    Dannie & Robin

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    Smashing news on Dannie's recovery below


    Dannie Dilsaver @ Woods Pool: 7 months later I am so happy to be swimming my favorite stroke again #noaclnoproblem




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    Robin Neumann @ Amsterdam, Netherlands: Graduating high school together with my best friend is the most amazing feeling in the world ❤���� America HERE I COME ���� #berkeleybound #graduation #toocoolforschoool



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BVUoDeNjS3N/


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    Robin Neumann @ Canet, Languedoc-Roussillon, France: Love being back in the sun ☀️ Racing starts tomorrow ���� I'll be swimming the 50,100,200 and 400 free ����*♀️ #marenostrum #canet #roadtobudapest



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BVZQphfD74p/


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    Alicia Harrison: On to the next one ������ #weout




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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 06-16-2017 at 07:26 AM. Reason: ali

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post
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    Smashing news on Dannie's recovery below


    Dannie Dilsaver @ Woods Pool: 7 months later I am so happy to be swimming my favorite stroke again #noaclnoproblem
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    Maybe I missed it but Wow had no idea she was injured. What kind of injury did she have.

  12. #312
    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus

    Lincoln Southwest Athletics: We miss you in the water Dannie!! Thanks for being a Great Teammate!!!




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    Sydney Schneider‏: If he can do it you can do it @DilsaverDannie

    PeterBurnsESPN: Twitter is a rough place today so here's a video of my pup doing rehab after tearing his ACL's...

    https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/825423019619340291
    Quote Originally Posted by OBear073akaSMFan View Post
    Maybe I missed it but Wow had no idea she was injured. What kind of injury did she have.
    Dannie tore/sprained her ACL I believe, judging from that hash tag in her post.

    Particularly tough on breaststrokers as theirs is such a leg-based discipline.

    One positive is that Olympian Ryan Lochte suffered a similar injury after being mobbed by an over-enthusiastic fan, but was able to adjust his leg kicks to compensate after his recovery, ended up developing an even faster breast style!



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