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    2016-2017 Season: Women's Swimming

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    With classes already underway today, thought it's time to start up a thread for the new NCAA season!

    Last year was extremely challenging for our s, but at the same time I was very impressed by everyone's resilience and all the hard work put in to achieve as much as the whole team had managed under these difficult circumstances (key transfer out, coaching loss, multiple injuries & health issues of a rather serious nature, etc etc).




    Sooo sad to bid farewell & bon voyage to Bootsie, Lizzie, Rachael, Kelly & Alicia




    But also smashing to see a lot of familiar & friendly faces return to campus (Thleen now a celebrity after her Olympic exploits lol) ... and always exciting to welcome the talented freshies (Abbey + Courtney, Keaton, Maddie, Aislinn, Alexa, Anina & Chenoa) as they embark upon their new journey here




    Furdettes are of course the overwhelming favourites for the National title this year with a killer crop of top recruits, then there is Simone's return after a fantastic series of breakout performances in Rio, not to mention Ledecky coming on board to make her mark on collegiate records & history ...

    Dawgs will surely be in there too with Van Landeghem fresh from the standout results of her Canadian teammates. Bauerle may have had a less than optimal last couple of recruiting seasons, but as we saw in March, one should never underestimate UGA and their trademark depth!

    OTOH, recall how it had all worked out for the Aussies in Rio when they were, on paper, slam dunk winners by an unassailable margin in a number of events?









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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 01-06-2017 at 01:01 PM. Reason: NCAA Champs photo

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    Still waiting for the 2016 Schedule & Roster to be announced.

    The only officially penned-in date appears to be a dual v. ASU on Sat 21 Jan - presumably following a meet at UofA the day before, with home outings against U$C & UCLA the following weekend, then the big one v. LSJU @ Spieker a fortnight later...

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    Keaton: Here we go

    co-starring Maddie




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    Chenoa @ UC Berkeley: All I wanted for my 18th birthday was to see my little man ❤ thanks to my parents for surprising me and to my team for making yesterday so special ������




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    Kathleen: Happy first day of 14th grade ���� ✏️��@katiemclaughlin19



    VIDEO -> https://scontent-lga3-1.cdninstagram...57736061_n.mp4



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    Maija: Welcome to the Dwarf Den... Only if you're under 5'4 though





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    Farida: Happy last first day of school Senioooorsss! �� @MarinaG94 @kvredeveld1 @celinatli



    VIDEO -> https://twitter.com/i/videos/tweet/768496329282560001



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    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post
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    Kathleen: Happy first day of 14th grade ���� ✏️��@katiemclaughlin19



    VIDEO -> https://scontent-lga3-1.cdninstagram...57736061_n.mp4


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    Really happy to see Katie Mclaughlin return to school

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    Discussion on our baby s (not to be confused with the Bruins' other moniker ) can be read up here, including some key misses according to popular sentiment on this board:

    How our freshies were rated by SwimSwam (pretty impressive @ #2! ):

    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post

    Ranking the 2016 Women’s NCAA Recruiting Classes: #1-4


    #2: California Golden Bears

    Top-tier additions: #2* Abbey Weitzeil (deferral), #13 Keaton Blovad, Maddie Murphy, Courtney Mykkanen, Chenoa Devine
    The rest: Anina Lund, Alexa Buckley, Aislinn Light

    Abbey Weitzeil was the #2 recruit from the Class of 2015, but she may even be the #2 overall recruit in history. Sprinters are the difference-makers at the NCAA level, and Weitzeil is the best prep sprinter in history. She currently holds the American and U.S. Open record in the 50 free (21.12), and also she dropped a 46.29 over 18 months ago at Winter Juniors to temporarily own the 100 free records, as well. So… she’s incredibly fast, and there’s no doubt the Bears will be jockeying primarily with Stanford (who gets back Simone Manuel) and USC across all five relays next year.

    She’s not the only sprint addition, either. Teri McKeever also landed Keaton Blovad (22.7/49.0 in the 50/100) and Maddie Murphy (22.5/48.6). Blovad carries more freestyle endurance (1:46.6 200 free), but Murphy adds a 100 butterfly to the mix (52.1) that would have scored at NCAA’s. That fly adds important long-term depth to the Cal fly group, as Noemie Thomas will be the loan threat remaining after Farida Osman graduates this year.

    Two more serious assets for Cal: Courtney Mykkanen, a 53.9/1:56.0 backstroker and 2:00.9 IMer, and Chenoa Devine, a 4:44.3/16:20.3 distance freestyler. While not at the NCAA individual scoring level right now, both will be key at Pac-12’s, particularly Devine; recent graduations and the transfer of Cierra Runge have left the distance cupboards rather bare (no pun indended) for Cal.


    #1: Stanford Cardinal


    https://swimswam.com/ranking-2016-wo...g-classes-1-4/


    Here are also a number of articles shedding some light on the massive adversity faced by the Dream Team last season (and prior to that):

    Really heartwarming stories on how these serious health issues that were potentially life-threatening weren't used as an excuse for the mixed results that year (in fact they weren't revealed publicly until recently) ... special kudos to Kathleen, Amy & Katie for so bravely fighting on to persevere thru all these considerable challenges & obstacles!!!


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    There appeared to have been a few worries expressed in some quarters over the drastic falloff in Jasmine's times last season (no official explanation as to its cause).

    Hopefully this post of Jaz's from 3 weeks ago will allay these concerns somewhat:

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    Jasmine Mau: "As the new school year approaches, I find myself reminiscing about this past year. It's so hard to experience change, being introduced to new experiences and letting go of others. It's been quite a journey and a growing experience for me. I realize that nothing is ever for sure and life goes on. With that being said, I'm coming back stronger than ever."




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    Mau's contribution will be a crucial component of the team dynamic for another serious run at the NCAA Champs title, and we are all rooting hard for Jazzy to get back to form...and more importantly, back on track on her life journey


    Go Butterfly U & Backstroke U ... Swim On You Bears!

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBear073akaSMFan View Post
    Really happy to see Katie Mclaughlin return to school

    Does that mean she's eligible to swim for the team this year?
    Saw her swim at the Futures meet at Stanford last month; looked amazing.

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    Roll on you bears! ;~)

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    Val @ Aptos, California: man, @kathleenbaker2 is so lucky her fans are always around to pick her up when she's literally falling #yourewelcome #mom




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    Amy: Bears & Blades




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    Amy: Roller blading with the Bears today brought out the best dance moves in everyone




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    Marina: rolling into my senior year with my little sister ��




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    Jenna: Skatin by da hatersss




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    Aislinn: flannel friends ☺️




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    Celina: Good start to the weekend with my ������s



    My guess at who's who from the above (slightly blurry) photo:

    STANDING: Amy, Abbey, KV, Keaton, Maddie, Courtney, Chenoa, Farida, Madi, Alexa
    KNEELING: Valerie, Katie, Kathleen, Aislinn, Marina, Maija, Celina, Jasmine, Noemie, Jenna, Anina


    Don't see Cat in the picture...

    btw, my first thoughts upon seeing these luvly photos of everyone together from SC Roller Palladium - "Ooooh how fun, sooo absolutely purrrfect for a spot of team bonding ... but...ummm...OMFG...please please let no one fall yikes... er, we really don't wanna see the following headline in tomorrow's newsflash -> Golden breaks neck, Part 2 !!!


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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 08-27-2016 at 09:16 AM. Reason: comment on necks :p

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    So, whilst the Dawgs are deep into their traditional team retreat, and ze Trojan freshmen are busy doing this (whatever it is that they are doing lol):

    Becca Mann & Stanzi Moseley


    ... meanwhile, our alumna (actually doesn't Lizzie have some more classes to complete before getting her degree?) are slumming it in the Mission District getting intoxicated:

    Lizzie @ El Techo De Lolinda (in cahoots with Taylor): Coco(nuts) do brunch ����



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BJoS--BBc3N/

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BJoEVp1BCuJ/


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    ... not to miss out on all the fun, we find the baby Bears hanging out with their big sissies down in Aptos:


    Katie @ Marianne's Ice Cream Seacliff Beach: Skate on you BEARS!! ���� #bearsfirst #cookiesalsofirst



    Val: rolling on our haters ��

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BJoaowqhK4c/


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    Kathleen: BEARS on BLADES ��



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BJoldmGhy-u/


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    Abbey: Finally Beachin it as a Bear ����

    Farida: Aren't you plaid the Bears are back? �� @ Rio del Mar Beach





    https://www.instagram.com/p/BJoaZTng91y/


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    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post
    Still waiting for the 2016 Schedule & Roster to be announced.

    The only officially penned-in date appears to be a dual v. ASU on Sat 21 Jan - presumably following a meet at UofA the day before, with home outings against U$C & UCLA the following weekend, then the big one v. LSJU @ Spieker a fortnight later...

    Still no signs of a schedule, but the annual Cal Poly "Queen of the Pool" Pentathlon tradition will take place on Friday 23 Sept @ 11 am down in San Luis Obispo - should be a fun event with Celina looking to go 4-for-4 all in a row for the coveted crown. Kathleen may have something to say about that if she's healthy this time round tho (skipped the free, back & fly events last year).

    Wonder if Teri has 2016 AT&T Winter National Championships penciled in as Cal's mid-winter invite for securing NCAA qualifying cuts? Scheduled at Georgia Tech from 30 Nov to 3 Dec, and presumably will revert to the short course format this season.

    Speaking of "Queen of the Pool", looks like our freshies won't have to wait another month when they are by Pismo Beach to be introduced to McKeever's patented wetsuit ocean training regime , as they are already having a "swell" time this weekend in the Aptos currents, thank you very much! (if not for the view in the selfie below, they could have been training in the Rio Diving pool judging by the colour of the water lol)

    Courtney, Aislinn, Chenoa, Keaton, Anina, Maddie

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    Speaking of "Queen of the Pool", looks like our freshies won't have to wait another month when they are by Pismo Beach to be introduced to McKeever's patented wetsuit ocean training regime , as they are already having a "swell" time this weekend in the Aptos currents, thank you very much! (if not for the view in the selfie below, they could have been training in the Rio Diving pool judging by the colour of the water lol)
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    Courtney, Aislinn, Chenoa, Keaton, Anina, Maddie
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    Looks like they might have brought the green water back from Rio!

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    Details on this season's schedule are still looking sketchy ... anyway here's a quick stab at mapping out the main events based on very limited info at this early point:



    Confirmed/Official in BLACK

    Guesses in GREY



    Fri, 23 SepCal Poly Queen of the Pool @ San Luis Obispo, CA (11:00 a.m.)
    Sat, 24 SepCal Poly Queen of the Pool @ San Luis Obispo, CA

    30 Nov-3 Dec2016 AT&T Winter National Championships @ Georgia Tech, GA

    Wed, 21 DecSan Jose State @ @ Berkeley, CA (12:00 p.m.)

    Jan 2017 (Weeks 1-2)Mid-Winter Training Trip @ Hawaii

    Fri, 20 JanArizona @ Tucson, AZ
    Sat, 21 JanArizona State @ Tempe, AZ (12:00 p.m.)

    Fri, 27 JanUSC @ Berkeley, CA
    Sat, 28 JanUCLA @ Berkeley, CA

    Sat, 11 FebStanford @ Berkeley, CA

    22-25 FebPac-12 Swimming Championships @ Federal Way, WA

    15-17 MarNCAA Division 1 Championships @ Indianapolis, IN


    Likely some permutation of Wash State, Oregon State, Utah and/or BYU showing up on the 2016-2017 calendar when it's finally published - with a possibility of Wisconsin, Texas, Florida or even BYU thrown into the mix the first half of the season.

    The major mid-season meet for Bears could be either Winter Nats - or one of the big Invitationals being hosted late Nov/early Dec. There's always a chance that the team could be tested early on in the season, such as when they participated @ the Florida Invite back in 2014.

    A somewhat puzzling date is the SJSU dual, which is set for 21 Dec according to their published schedule, since it's in the middle of the week, and the Fall semester would have already been over the prior week...


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    Farida: Your 2016-2017 team captains! ����


    Marina, KV, Farida

    Jaz: Nice pic..wonder who took it

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BJtPq01D...D0GTjAzoA-Ps0/


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    Dana: The first early morning workout alarm is always the hardest but the reward is worth it! ������ @amybilquist #5amwakeup #GoBears



    https://twitter.com/danavollmer/stat...56791306711040


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    Amy: Introducing the new season and a new bear ������



    VIDEO -> https://scontent-iad3-1.cdninstagram...37990409_n.mp4

    https://www.instagram.com/p/BJtYXp3B...ttuQ_8FgE_nI0/


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    Baby Golden Bears


    Our baby s are smarties!

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    USA Swimming's 2016 Scholastic All America Team ‐ Girls

    • Academic Requirements:
    o Grade completion requirement – applicant must have completed 10th 11th or 12th grade
    o GPA Requirement – minimum 3.5 GPA for the current academic year

    • Pool Requirements
    o Applicants must have swum an individual pool time equal to a 2015 Winter Junior qualifying time in any individual event during the SAA qualifying period (August 16, 2015 – August 15, 2016) with qualifying times in SWIMS – list of times are posted on the USA Swimming website.


    Last Name | First Name | Gender | LSC | Zone | Club | #Years

    Buckley Alexa | F | NJ | Eastern | Berkeley Aquatic Club | 3
    Devine Chenoa | F | SN | Western | Davis Aquadarts Racing Team | 3
    Mykkanen Courtney | F | CA | Western | Irvine Novaquatics | 3
    Light Aislinn | F | CA | Western | SOCAL Aquatics Association | 3
    Lund Anina | F | MR | Eastern | Badger Swim Club,Inc. | 3



    Full List: http://www.usaswimming.org/_Rainbow/...s%20082416.pdf




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    Aislinn bleeding blue and gold





    Anina & Chenoa ��





    Roomies Keaton & Maddie





    Abbey





    Maddie, Courtney, Keaton




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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 09-01-2016 at 09:30 PM. Reason: Big C photos

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    LSJU may be the shoo-in fave for winning it all by a landslide @ NCAAs this season, but don't think UGA can be dismissed quite yet in spite of some key graduations (Hali Flickinger, Brittany MacLean, Annie Zhu - will really hurt Georgia in their distance & middle-distance scoring, plus somewhat in the 200 fly & 200 breast & 800/400 free relays), and a recruiting class impacted by the Bauerle-Kalisz debacle (11 freshmen on a 30-strong swimming roster, but Veronica Burchill's the only standout at a glance) - as Dawgs will have Chantal Van Landeghem back from her redshirt to present dual sprint threats w/Olivia Smoliga, and now this Jr. transfer:


    All-American Chelsea Britt Transferring To Georgia Bulldogs

    Britt’s Best Times

    • 100 fly – 51.79
    • 200 fly – 1:53.68
    • 200 IM – 1:58.91
    • 100 back – 52.64

    Britt’s 100 fly would have put her 2nd among Bulldog swimmers at NCAAs, behind only Kylie Stewart‘s 51.58. her 200 fly would have been 3rd on Georgia’s NCAA roster, behind Megan Kingsley (1:53.10) and the now-graduated Hali Flickinger (1:53.32).


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    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post

    Confirmed/Official in BLACK

    Guesses in GREY



    Fri, 23 Sep • Cal Poly Queen of the Pool @ San Luis Obispo, CA (11:00 a.m.)
    Sat, 24 Sep • Cal Poly Queen of the Pool @ San Luis Obispo, CA

    30 Nov-3 Dec • 2016 AT&T Winter National Championships @ Georgia Tech, GA

    Wed, 21 Dec • San Jose State @ @ Berkeley, CA (12:00 p.m.)

    Jan 2017 (Weeks 1-2) • Mid-Winter Training Trip @ Hawaii

    Fri, 20 Jan • Arizona @ Tucson, AZ
    Sat, 21 Jan • Arizona State @ Tempe, AZ (12:00 p.m.)

    Fri, 27 Jan • USC @ Berkeley, CA
    Sat, 28 Jan • UCLA @ Berkeley, CA

    Sat, 11 Feb • Stanford @ Berkeley, CA

    22-25 Feb • Pac-12 Swimming Championships @ Federal Way, WA

    15-17 Mar • NCAA Division 1 Championships @ Indianapolis, IN


    Likely some permutation of Wash State, Oregon State, Utah and/or BYU showing up on the 2016-2017 calendar when it's finally published - with a possibility of Wisconsin, Texas, Florida or even BYU thrown into the mix the first half of the season.



    1 official home dual meet update/addition to the calendar:

    Fri, 11 Nov • University of Texas @ Berkeley, CA (2:00 p.m.)




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