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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.

  2. #332
    "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.

  4. #334


    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.



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

    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.


    Cal Women's Swimming & Diving: 2017 Banquet

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

  5. #335

    2017 SMOC @ Irvine (LCM)


    Haven't seen this reported elsewhere as yet, but 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 reading 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.

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


    * Day 1 * (Thurs 4/27)

    800m Free

    Recruits - Sam Shelton


    * 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


    * 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


    * 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




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