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  1. #331
    Quote Originally Posted by BearDevil View Post
    Split scholarships favor California, Texas, and Florida public universities: huge states, great swimming talent, and in-state tuition.

    LSJU and 'SC counter with more generous financial aid packages. Though both claim not to comingle regular financial aid and athletic scholarships, a talented middle class swimmer may get a more generous financial aid package based on family income from a private school than what they'd receive based purely on athletic ability alone.

    Georgia has great coaching and facilities, but they supplement that via Hope scholarships-statewide academic scholarships. Thanks to an academic scandal involving their coach, UGa's recruiting has fallen off and they can't compete with the Bay Area duopoly for high end swim/academic talent.

    Foreign swimmers aren't eligible for US government backed financial aid, so international swimmers are more expensive and carry additional risk. PAC and B1G have issued recent scholly reforms, which allow scholly amounts to be adjusted upward, but not lowered.

    Not sure about internal Cal accounting for in-state vs international recruits, but both women's and men's program are fully funded (i.e. can offer max scholly $s). Read recently that both programs were running operational deficits. Theoretical billionaire swim benefactor could cover operational deficits and endow coaching salaries.

    Aquabears swim mafia worked around Cal to get the new facility built: raised the funds themselves, built the facility, and leased it back to Cal. That's a page from the Arrillaga playbook on the farm. Spieker family wanted to keep the current facility for competitions. If a hoops practice facility ever gets done, donors would be advised to follow the swim mafia model.
    Thanks for the info UAC and BD. It sounds like there is no issue with inadequate funds for scholarships to offer any swimmers Terri wants. Of course we can always use more money for coaches, facilities, equipment, travel, etc.

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    "Aquabears swim mafia worked around Cal to get the new facility built: raised the funds themselves, built the facility, and leased it back to Cal. "

    Leased? It wasn't donated in full to Cal?

  3. #333
    Quote Originally Posted by PalyBear View Post
    "Aquabears swim mafia worked around Cal to get the new facility built: raised the funds themselves, built the facility, and leased it back to Cal. "

    Leased? It wasn't donated in full to Cal?
    Thanks for the correction. Donated is what I meant to say.

    Getting back to ICB's post-scholly funding isn't really the issue. Pre-Meehan, LSJU was still getting good recruits (Julia Smit, Felicia Lee, Maya DiRado), but the team and most individuals never improved. Teri filled the void for women who wanted to maximize their swimming and academic talent. Lia Neal kinda broke the log jam. Had she gone to Cal, Manuel and Ledecky might have followed. The class after Lia's, current rising seniors Hu and Howe has been outstanding.

    Bears likely take another second next season, but things get interesting again after that. LSJU never replaced Sarah Haase and Lia, and doesn't have replacements for Hu, Howe, Manuel, and Ledecky in the pipeline. Lots of really good complementary swimmers, but no killer whales. That's why the 2018 recruiting class is so important for Teri along with the timing of Manuel and Ledecky going pro.

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    BEARS CELEBRATE 2016-17 SEASON

    4/23/2017 2:53 PM | By: Cal Athletics




    Cal's NCAA team and All-Americans pose during the Bears' annual end-of-the-season banquet.


    BERKELEY – Sophomore Kathleen Baker, who won three individual titles and helped a relay capture another at the NCAA Championships last month, was named California's MVP at the women's swimming & diving team's annual banquet Sunday afternoon.

    The honor adds to a remarkable year for Baker, who earned two medals for Team USA at the Rio Olympics in August – silver in the 100-meter backstroke and gold on the 4x100-meter medley relay.

    In February, Baker won the 200-yard back at the Pac-12 Championships, which set the stage for her big national meet. In consecutive nights, she won the 200 individual medley, 200 back and 100 back, in addition to swimming the lead-off leg on Cal's victorious 200 medley relay. Baker also swam a leg on the 400 free relay that set a school record. As a result, she was named the CSCAA National Swimmer of the Year.

    Other awards at the banquet went to:

    Warren Hellman Scholastic AwardKristen Vredeveld
    Kathie Wickstrand Leadership AwardKristen Vredeveld
    Most Improved SwimmerChenoa Devine
    Golden Bear AwardKristen Vredeveld
    Coaches Award (Diving) – Hayden Tavoda
    Karen Moe Humphreys Coaches Award (Swimming) – Farida Osman



    Vredeveld, a senior history, has the highest GPA on the team over the past two semesters (spring 2016, fall 2017) – 3.950 – and she has been accepted into the Teach for America program and will begin work this summer in Atlanta. In the pool, Vredeveld was a member of Cal's NCAA runner-up 800 free relay and she placed 15th in the 100 free.

    Devine, a freshman distance freestyler, consistently improved her times over the course of the season. She was 19th in the 1650 free at NCAA's with a PR 16:04.34, which ranks as the No. 3 time in school history and was a six-second drop from her Pac-12 Championships race just three weeks earlier.

    Tavoda set personal bests on both the 1-meter and 3-meter boards during her senior year. Her score of 282.53 on 1-meter ranks in school history, while her 314.55 on 3-meter is fourth on the Cal list.

    Osman completed her senior year in style, winning her first individual national title with a victory in the 100 butterfly. She also anchored both the 200 free relay and the 200 medley relay to first-place finishes at the NCAA meet. The two-time Egyptian Olympian is the Cal record-holder in the 50 free (21.32) and is second all-time in the 100 fly (50.05).

    As a team, the Bears finished second in the country at the 2017 NCAA Championships – the ninth year in a row they have placed among the top three.


    http://www.calbears.com/news/2017/4/...27-season.aspx


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    CAL WOMEN ANNOUNCE 2016-2017 TEAM AWARD WINNERS


    Kathleen Baker took home the 2016-2017 Cal Women's MVP Award. Current Photo via Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com


    The University of California, Berkeley Women’s Swimming and Diving Team announced their team awards via the Cal Athletics website yesterday. They gave out seven total awards highlighted by 2017 NCAA championships Swimmer of the Meet Kathleen Baker and senior Kristen Vredeveld.

    The 2017 Most Improved Award went to freshman Chenoa Devine. Devine finished 19th in the 1650 at the 2017 NCAA Championships in Indianapolis. She did so by dropping over four seconds off of her previous personal best. Over the course of this season, she moved up to third on Cal’s all time list in the 1650.

    Senior Kristen Vredeveld won a trio of awards for the Cal Bears. She won the Golden Bear award, Warren Hellman Scholastic Award and Kathie Wickstrand Leadership Award. Vredeveld posted the team’s highest GPA at 3.95 and finished 15th individually in the 100 freestyle at NCAAs.

    Sophomore Kathleen Baker took home the team MVP award. Baker was named the NCAA Championships Swimmer of the Meet in 2017 after winning three individual events in Indianapolis. She was also named the CSCAA National Swimmer of the Year.

    In diving, Hayden Tavoda was given the Coaches Award. Tavoda solidified herself as a great Cal diver, ranking highly in both the 1 meter and 3 meter events. She set personal bests in both events this year.

    National Champion Farida Osman was given the swimming Karen Moe Humphreys Coaches Award. Osman won her first individual title at NCAAs this year in the 100 butterfly event. She also holds the Cal team records in the 50 freestyle and 100 butterfly.

    The Cal Women finished second in the team race at this year’s NCAA Championships behind Stanford. With experienced swimmers like Baker and Devine returning, they will surely look to make a run at the 2018 team title.


    https://swimswam.com/cal-women-annou...award-winners/


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    Cal Women's Swimming & Diving: 2017 Banquet




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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 04-24-2017 at 05:00 PM. Reason: video

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    2017 SMOC @ Irvine (LCM)

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    Amy: Road Fricken Trip ��



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTZ4xWbF...1ojBg0bWiF4s0/


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    Haven't seen this reported elsewhere as yet, but several members of the women's team will be competing in their first long course meet of this season at the 2017 MVN Swim Meet of Champions (SMOC) down in SoCal this week.

    Good timing as Dead Week won't be until next week. Will make for some solid training to get their 1st LCM racing session in motion with an eye towards qualifying for the Worlds team to rep Team USA @ Budapest this summer!

    One of our 2017 signees (Lexa) + several 2018 prospects will be there as well (notably Eva). Plus Alexis Margett & Katie Glavinovich who made official trips to campus but committed to Michigan & the furdettes respectively.

    Nathan & Tom also entered on the men's side. Also a sizeable contingent from NZ's National Team (no Lauren Boyle tho).


    Here are some of the entries from a quick scan of the psych sheet, sorted in order of event and seeding in each category:


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    * Day 1 * (Thurs 4/27)


    800m Free

    Recruits - Sam Shelton


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    * Day 2 * (Fri 4/28)


    100m Free

    Bears - Abbey, Amy, Maddie, Keaton, Aislinn
    Baby Bears - Alexa Skorus-Neely
    Recruits - Sam Shelton, Eva Merrell


    200m Fly

    Bears - Katie, Jenna, Maddie
    Recruits - Eva Merrell


    200m Back

    Bears - Amy, Thleen, Keaton, Katie, Courtney, Aislinn
    Baby Bears - Alexa Skorus-Neely
    Recruits - Eva Merrell, Sam Shelton


    400m Free

    Bears - Jenna, Katie, Courtney,
    Recruits - Sam Shelton, Jessica Epps


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    * Day 3 * (Sat 4/29)


    200m Free

    Bears - Katie, Abbey, Thleen, Maddie, Amy, Keaton, Jenna
    Recruits - Sam Shelton


    200m Breast

    Baby Bears - Alexa Skorus-Neely
    Recruits - Jessica Epps


    50m Free

    Bears - Abbey, Amy, Maddie, Katie, Aislinn, Jenna
    Baby Bears - Alexa Skorus-Neely
    Recruits - Eva Merrell, Sam Shelton


    400m IM

    Bears - Katie, Courtney
    Recruits - Mikki Thompson, Jessica Epps


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    * Day 4 * (Sun 4/30)


    100m Fly

    Bears - Katie, Maddie, Abbey, Jenna, Amy, Aislinn
    Baby Bears - Alexa Skorus-Neely
    Recruits - Eva Merrell


    100m Back

    Bears - Thleen, Amy, Keaton, Katie, Maddie, Courtney
    Recruits - Eva Merrell, Sam Shelton


    100m Breast

    Bears - Keaton
    Baby Bears - Alexa Skorus-Neely
    Recruits - Mikki Thompson, Jessica Epps


    200m IM

    Bears - Thleen, Katie, Keaton, Courtney, Abbey
    Baby Bears - Alexa Skorus-Neely
    Recruits - Sam Shelton, Mikki Thompson, Jessica Epps


    1500m Free

    n/a


    MIA: Farida, Marina, Noemie, Celina, KV, Val, Maija, Jaz, Chenoa, Anina... also Thleen (at least thus far, on Day 2)


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    Val @ Lake Tahoe: may have turned in to literal human ice cubes, but the Tahoe sunrise was well worth it #nug #AskSiri



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTegxN4l...bBr305WBSsE80/


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    Val @ Incline Village, Nevada: Tahoe, welcome to your tape #ayayayyy #judy ��❄️



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTfjIW4l...gKzLf0ad0-KA0/


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    Noemie @ Mission Dolores Park: ������������ spring has sprung in SF ��



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTh-QhZl64H/


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    calwswimanddive @ Salt Creek (Orange County): A great evening with the Bears after Day 2 finals in Irvine, with a bonus photo bomb courtesy of the grill master himself, Mr. McLaughlin! #GoBears #TheGrillMaster
    PC @nogueiradouglas





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


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    ADRIAN, SHIELDS SHINE ON NIGHT 2 OF TYR FRAN CRIPPEN MEET OF CHAMPIONS

    https://swimswam.com/adrian-shields-...eet-champions/


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    WEITZEIL, MCLAUGHLIN PICKUP WINS ON DAY 3 AT TYR FRAN CRIPPEN SMOC

    https://swimswam.com/weitzeil-mclaug...-crippen-smoc/


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    2017 Swim Meet Of Champions at Irvine | Women Open 200 Freestyle A Final




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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 05-01-2017 at 05:55 PM. Reason: SwimSwam

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    Cal Women's Swimming & Diving - 1 May 2017

    Congratulations to our two award winners at today's Academic Honors Luncheon.

    Farida Osman took home the Tom Hansen Conference Medal as the top senior female student-athlete for all sports at Cal, while Amy Bilquist collected the Golden Bear Award for having the highest GPA on the team.








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  7. #337
    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post
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    Cal Women's Swimming & Diving - 1 May 2017

    Congratulations to our two award winners at today's Academic Honors Luncheon.

    Farida Osman took home the Tom Hansen Conference Medal as the top senior female student-athlete for all sports at Cal, while Amy Bilquist collected the Golden Bear Award for having the highest GPA on the team.








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    Intellectual Hottie! Go Amy!!!

  8. #338
    Quote Originally Posted by tedbear View Post
    Intellectual Hottie! Go Amy!!!
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    Amy: We bearly made it to Oskis in these heels



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTppi-lF...S0Kx7EkcINFg0/


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    Connor: Wow I look tall in this picture



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


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    More of our swimming, diving & vb stars from 2017 Oskis below:

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    Katie: THEY LOVE TO SEE IT ��



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTqCbhCF8Ys/


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    Rachel: So sad mama bear is graduating ������#oskis




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    Maggie: Dive Squad rolling through����*♂️



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTrkb-zj237/


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    Alexa: Thank goodness we're not living together next year



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


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    Phoebe: Don't miss me too much next year �� #Oskis2017



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTrzaNahmy9/


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    Val: bye forever, junior year ������





    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTriYl2l5Yp/


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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 05-04-2017 at 06:09 PM. Reason: photos

  9. #339

    Guess nuthin much at all happening "racing in the pool"-wise post-NCAAs and as Dead Week transitions into finals, so reckon these social media photos will just have to suffice in lieu of the usual swim-related updates on the team...does illustrate how nicely elite student-athletes can clean up when removed from their natural habitat...

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    Val: rjc



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTscB9Bl594/


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    Keaton: Pretending we're in a sorority for the night ��




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    Amy: Special edition Oreo



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTsd3b7l...oVDzjKfCDu8Q0/


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    Katie: We got it we got it we got it ����



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTsfP6XlErw/


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    Maggie: Formal?



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTuFl9XDb1V/


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    Maggie: Legend star icon of a century: Cynthia Marie Callenders



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTuskoWjL8X/


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    Abbey: Savage 5th wheeling at its finest����#athleteformal #letmeinyourpic



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTuD2q7jn13/


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    Thleen: @maija8roses Finally got a picture with her favorite mascot ��



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTuS5DjB-71/


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    Abbey: Can we get a #GoBears for room 804: A place where spoons are lost �� Naps are treasured �� our great vocals are tested �� F•R•I•E•N•D•S and The Office rule ��and fish have funerals �� #legendsofnorton4ev







    https://www.instagram.com/p/BT15FAzjGXJ/


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    calwswimanddive: A great evening with this group at the annual Cal/Stanford Senior Dinner hosted by the Olympic Club. Sharing stories and lots of laughs! #GoBears #SeniorDinner



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BTvJ1JvDGyp/


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    calwswimanddive: Congratulations, 2017 graduates!



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BUD1GFwj_FZ/


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    Amy: TG I have a big wingspan so I can hold my friends!! S/O to the Princess for graduating!



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BUFWT35F...D-efsX5VHk9Y0/


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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 05-14-2017 at 12:23 PM. Reason: more photos

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    calwswim @ Manuel's Mexican Restaurant: Dinner with the Bears in Aptos! A great first day of training and a delicious meal to end the evening. Morning beach swim to start Day 2 tomorrow! #Aptos #SummerBears #GoBears



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BUN9kkfjmnO/


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    calwswim @ Seacliff State Beach: Group shot from this morning's ocean session! #BeachBears #SeacliffBeach #PeaceSignSwag #GoBears ��



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BUQYikLD0He/


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    calwswim @ Seacliff State Beach: Coach McKeever explaining the next set during morning beach workout #GoBears ��



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BUSayUzD5gJ/


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    calwswim @ Seacliff State Beach: That's a wrap! The Bears got some great training in and had some fun along the way. Back to Berkeley!



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BUUeIL2jVXc/


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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 05-20-2017 at 08:38 AM. Reason: photos

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrsusArctosCalifornicus View Post
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    calwswim @ Manuel's Mexican Restaurant: Dinner with the Bears in Aptos! A great first day of training and a delicious meal to end the evening. Morning beach swim to start Day 2 tomorrow! #Aptos #SummerBears #GoBears



    https://www.instagram.com/p/BUN9kkfjmnO/


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    Probably not nearly as fun as the late great Berkeley Manuel's, but for sure Aptos Manuel's has nicer bathrooms...

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    2017 Novaquatics Speedo Grand Challenge

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    Cal Stars Highlight 2017 Novaquatics Speedo Grand Challenge



    The Friday prelims pysch sheets were released for the 2017 Novaquatics Speedo Grand Challenge this week, which start this Friday, May 26th in Irvine and runs through Sunday, May 28th at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center.

    The field will be highlighted with plenty of NCAA stars from Cal Berkeley who haven’t had the opportunity to get a lot of long course racing in since NCAA’s wrapped up in March. Among those swimmers will be Olympian and rising Cal sophomore Abbey Weitzeil, who is the top seed in the 50 free on Friday. She will be joined by Cal teammate Farida Osman, who is coming off her senior NCAA season, as well as teammates Amy Bilquist and Maddie Murphy.

    Other names to watch from Cal will be rising junior Katie McLaughlin, who is back after spending much of last year rebounding from injury, and men’s team members Andrew Seliskar and Connor Hoppe.



    https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.co...and-challenge/


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    2017 Novaquatics Speedo Grand Challenge
    ​May 26-28, 2017
    Irvine, CA
    William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center

    How To Watch (Paid Membership required?)
    ​​ON TV: ​ Now available on Roku and Apple TV 4 -- download the FloSports app today!
    ​​STREAMING:​​ http://live.floswimming.com/#/event/...rand-challenge


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    Speedo Grand Challenge - Day 1 PRELIMS

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    Dylan Carter, Abbey Weitzeil Post Top Times on First Morning of Speedo Grand Challenge


    The first morning of the Speedo Grand Challenge from Irvine went off with plenty of fast in-season swimming. Dylan Carter put up a solid swim in the 200 free prelims along with good swims from the Cal swimmers Katie McLaughlin and Abbey Weitzeil.

    The morning started with Riley Scott of USC topping the 200 IM prelims with a 2:17.64 to lead Keaton Blovad, Ayla Spitz and Zoe Thatcher. The A-Final will only feature four swimmers in each event. Blovad out-split Scott in every stroke expect breaststroke where there was a six second difference so the final will be interesting between those two.

    The women’s 100 breast final will be a tight one as the top four were separated by a little over a second from this morning’s prelims. Texas A&M’s Jorie Caneta leads the qualifiers with a 1:09.44 ahead of Cal’s Marina Garcia (1:09.64) and USC’s Riley Scott (1:10.59). 17-year-old Ali Harrison will also swim in the A-final.

    The men’s version will be equally exciting as Cal’s Connor Hoppe and New York Athletic Club’s Mike Alexandrov swam 1:03.31 and 1:03.51 respectively. Hoppe and Alexandrov will be joined by Cal’s Carson Sand and Matt Whittle. Alexandrov is the only non-Cal swimmer in the 100 breast top four and is the oldest swimmer by 11 years.

    The women’s 50 free will be another tight race with Abbey Weitzeil (25.45) leading the way ahead of USC’s Kendyl Stewart, Cal’s Farida Osman, Canyon’s Amanda Kendall and Cal’s Amy Bilquist. Stewart and Osman were tied for second at 25.88 and Kendall and Bilquist tied for fourth at 25.90, the final spot pending a swim-off for the final.

    Note: According to Meet Mobile, Amy threw down a dominating 25.49 to win her swim-off over Amanda's 25.77, yay!

    The final four person final for tonight was the women’s 400 free where Cal’s Katie McLaughlin topped the prelims with a 4:16.36. Sandpiper’s Erica Sullivan (2017 recruit, a promising distance prospect) is second with a pair of Auburn swimmers Ashley Neidigh and Zoe Thatcher rounding out the final.


    https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.co...and-challenge/


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    Not surprised that Farida's still swimming, but surprised Marina is still swimming. Thought she would retire after the college season ended.

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    Speedo Grand Challenge - Day 1 FINALS

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    WEITZEIL TOPS 50 FREE FIELD ON DAY 1 OF SPEEDO GRAND CHALLENGE



    U.S. Olympian Abbey Weitzeil went head-to-head with fellow Cal All-Americans Farida Osman and Amy Bilquist in the 50 free. Weitzeil out-touched her teammates in a very tight finish, winning in 25.35 ahead of Osman (25.49) and Bilquist (25.50). Following closely for 4th was Trojan Swim Club’s Kendyl Stewart (25.71).

    USC All-American Riley Scott won a pair of golds on day 1. Scott got the ball rolling in the 200 IM, where she cranked out a 2:15.33 to finish 2 seconds ahead of the field. She returned shortly after that for the 100 breast, putting up a 1:08.80 to out-touch Texas A&M’s Jorie Caneta (1:09.03) and Cal’s Marina Garcia (1:09.08).

    Additional Event Winners:

    • Men’s 100 Breast- Connor Hoppe, Cal, 1:02.87
    • Women’s 400 Free- Katie McLaughlin, Cal, 4:13.53

    LIVE RESULTS: https://www.socalswim.org/live-resul...randChallenge/


    https://swimswam.com/weitzeil-tops-5...and-challenge/


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    Note:

    200m IM (W) - Keaton took 3rd in the A final with a 2:18.18

    100m Breast (W) - Ali was 4th in the A final with a 1:10.33

    100m Breast (M) - Matt & Carson 3rd & 4th respectively in the A final


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    Last edited by UrsusArctosCalifornicus; 05-26-2017 at 06:57 PM. Reason: finalists mentions



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