2017-2018 Season: Women's Swimming

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Swimming & Diving opens season hosting Chick-Fil-A Invitational Friday and Saturday


The Fresno State swimming & diving team opens its season hosting 2016 national runner-up Cal and its three Olympians as well as Nevada, San Jose State, and San Diego State in the Chick-Fil-A Invitational Friday and Saturday at the Fresno State Aquatics Center.

"It's always exciting having the first meet of the season and we like to host it," Fresno State head coach Jeanne Fleck said. "Having great teams come to our pool is always really fun. We're starting out with a bang and having the No. 2 team in the country come to our pool is always a big honor but also a big hill to climb. We've been getting ready for this; the only way you get better is swimming the best people in the country."

Cal finished as the national runner up to Stanford at the 2016 NCAA Swimming & Diving championships.

The Golden Bears have three Olympians on their roster, including 2016 U.S. Olympic champion Kathleen Baker. The junior won gold swimming the leadoff leg in the 400 Medley Relay and claimed a silver medal in the 100 Back at the 2016 games in Rio De Janeiro. She added five NCAA titles last year and was the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) National Swimmer of the Year.

California senior Noemie Thomas represented Canada in the Butterfly at the 2016 summer Olympic Games and freshman Robin Neumann swam for The Netherlands in two freestyle events. Cal is coached by former Fresno State head coach Teri McKeever, who led the Bulldogs from 1987 to 1992 before joining the Golden Bears.

The invitational begins at 11 a.m. Friday with two sessions and will conclude with a third session starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday. There will be 18 swimming events over the two days while both the 3-meter and 1-meter diving competitions will take place on Friday.


Friday, October 6 11:00 AM

Session 1

All Session: 3-Meter Diving
200 Medley Relay
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle
200 Freestyle Relay

- 30 Min Break

Session 2

All Session: 1-Meter Diving
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
800 Freestyle Relay


Saturday, October 7 - 10:00 AM

Session 3

400 Medley Relay
1650 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
400 Freestyle Relay


LIVE RESULTS => http://sidearmstats.com/fresnostate/swim/


http://www.gobulldogs.com/news/2017/10/2/womens-swimming-diving-opens-season-hosting-chick-fil-a-invitational-friday-and-saturday.aspx


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Hmmm, Bears actually had 4 members of this year's team repping their countries in Rio - the above article had left out Abbey, who had earned a silver + a gold respectively in the 4x100m Free & 4x100m Medley relays, not to mention claiming the fastest split of her squad in the free relay where Team USA had achieved a new American Record...



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BEARS HEAD TO FRESNO FOR WEEKEND MEET



http://www.calbears.com/news/2017/10/4/womens-swimming-diving-bears-head-to-fresno-for-weekend-meet.aspx


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California and Stanford Top Preseason Polls





http://www.cscaa.org/news/2017927/preseason-poll-2017-18

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Cal recently released their schedules for this season:

https://swimswam.com/cal-women-include-dual-nc-state-2017-18-schedule/

CALIFORNIA WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING 2017-18 SCHEDULE:
Sep 29: Queen of the Pool
San Luis Obispo

Oct 6-7: Fresno State Invite
Fresno

Oct 9: Utah
Salt Lake City

Oct 21-22: USA vs. College Challenge
Los Angeles

Nov 3: Oregon State
Berkeley

Nov 4: NC State
Berkeley

Nov 17-19: NAU Diving Invite
Flagstaff

Dec 1-3: Georgia Fall Invite
Athens

Dec 20: San Jose State
Berkeley

Jan 12-14: UCLA Diving Invite
Los Angeles

Jan 19: Arizona State
Tempe

Jan 20: Arizona
Tucson

Jan 26: USC
Los Angeles

Jan 27: UCLA
Los Angeles

Feb 10: Stanford
Stanford

Feb 21-24: Pac-12 Championships
Federal Way

Mar 15-17: NCAA Championships
Columbus

I don't think Cal's ever been in a dual meet with NC State, it'll be interesting because LSJU is also having a dual with them.

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Rosters have now been published.

Would have loved it if current Bears Amy, Sarah Darcel & Ryan Hoffer + alums Dana, Nathan & Tony had also been included, but otherwise a pretty decent Cal representation here.

Was especially happy to see the rest of the Dream Team + Maddie + Robin selected for the Pac-12 squad

Have a feeling that the Pac-12 women might do rather well against their USA National Team counterparts...


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Olympians to Headline USA College Challenge Rosters

Headlining the National Team roster will be last two Olympic champions in the men's 100-meter backstroke, Matt Grevers (Lake Forest, Ill./Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics) and Ryan Murphy (Jacksonville, Fla./California Aquatics). Eleven U.S. Olympians will compete for the National Team, including fellow 2016 individual medalists Cody Miller (Las Vegas, Nev./Badger Swim Club) and Josh Prenot (Santa Monica, Calif./California Aquatics).

On the Pac-12 side, the Stanford duo of Katie Ledecky (Bethesda, Md./Stanford Swimming) and Simone Manuel (Sugar Land, Texas/Stanford Swimming) lead the roster along with 2016 Olympic teammates Kathleen Baker (Winston-Salem, N.C./California Aquatics) and Abbey Weitzeil (Saugus, Calif./California Aquatics).


https://www.usaswimming.org/news-landing-page/2017/10/05/olympians-to-headline-usa-college-challenge-rosters


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Pac-12 Roster: (Cal women & men)


Kathleen Baker
Katie McLaughlin
Maddie Murphy
Robin Neumann
Abbey Weitzeil

Women's Coaches: Greg Meehan (Stanford), Teri McKeever (California)


Sean Grieshop
Connor Hoppe
Michael Jensen
Matthew Josa
Justin Lynch
Andrew Seliskar
Zheng Wen Quah

Men's Coaches: Dave Durden (California), Ted Knapp (Stanford)


https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/eventsdocuments/rosters/pac12-roster.pdf


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USA Roster: (potential Cal recruits + Bears alum)


Isabel Ivey
Regan Smith

Ryan Murphy
Jacob Pebley
Josh Prenot
Tom Shields


https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/eventsdocuments/rosters/usa-roster.pdf


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  • UPDATE:


5 BEARS CHOSEN FOR USA COLLEGE CHALLENGE



http://www.calbears.com/news/2017/10/5/womens-swimming-diving-bears-chosen-for-usa-college-challenge.aspx


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11 CAL SWIMMERS CHOSEN FOR USA COLLEGE CHALLENGE



http://www.calbears.com/news/2017/10/5/mens-swimming-diving-11-cal-swimmers-chosen-for-usa-college-challenge.aspx


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BEARS HEAD TO FRESNO FOR WEEKEND MEET



http://www.calbears.com/news/2017/10/4/womens-swimming-diving-bears-head-to-fresno-for-weekend-meet.aspx

LIVE RESULTS => http://sidearmstats.com/fresnostate/swim/

DAY 1 RESULTS => http://www.gobulldogs.com/documents/2017/10/6/Chick_Fil_A_Day_1.pdf

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CAL GETS BUSY IN FRESNO



http://www.calbears.com/news/2017/10/6/womens-swimming-diving-cal-off-to-strong-start-in-fresno.aspx

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DAY 2 RESULTS => http://www.gobulldogs.com/documents/2017/10/7/chick_fil_a_day2.pdf


Lots of encouraging results - but plenty of hard work to be put in at the same time.

Also wouldn't take my first impressions below too seriously lol - it's the start of the season, our swimmers are no doubt quite beaten up from their intensive training, everyone here getting an opportunity to race a stroke or two which they may be less familiar with. The frosh are still adjusting to their new coaching, teammates & environment, not to mention trying to figure out racing in yards for some hehe.

Our pair of international freshies off to a great start - Sarah on her game in the IMs and also showing her range & versatility in her fly, breast & free individuals + relay legs ... Robin fairly sharp in her frees but also demonstrating that her backstroke isn't too shabby either. Looking to be an upgrade on (the excellent but graduated) KV in the 800 Free relay come March, thus freeing Abbey to strut her sprint prowess in the shorter relays.

Ali decent enough in her breast, with room for improvement if aspiring to comfortably replace Abbey in that medley relay leg to confidently vie for a national title. Was quite impressed by Ali's exhibitioned 100 fly time.

Other froskis doing more than alright for competing in so many events, taking on off-stroke races and a workload that they may not be accustomed to from their HS days.

Thleen on top of her game in general. Amy looking great in her free, but perhaps a bit of a slower start to the season on her backstroke (her stress fracture possibly still bothering her??).

Abbey & Katie solid if not presently quite up to their massively stratospheric standards (all relative of course, they are such studs!), but I'm confident all their hard work will pay off when it comes to crunch time.

Chenoa & Keaton versatile as expected. Jaz showing signs of returning to her former form, really hope she can go out with a bang in her senior year.

Noemie had quite a wicked fly split in the 200 Medley relay - does have a history of being fast in her fly early in the season...here's to Nono keeping up that momentum when NCAAs rolls around!

Courtney on deck but not swimming. Maddie not competing here either...

Oh the divers are looking good, in particular Briana & Alexa!

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UPDATES => (Report + Instas)


CAL STAYS STRONG IN FRESNO


Jasmine Mau and the Bears finished off a strong weekend in Fresno Saturday.


http://www.calbears.com/news/2017/10/7/womens-swimming-diving-cal-stays-strong-in-fresno.aspx


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Cal women's swim second string still dominates Fresno State Invitational

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


http://www.dailycal.org/2017/10/10/cal-womens-swim-second-string-still-dominates-fresno-state-invitational/


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The grind doesn't let up either...onto a road trip to Ute Natatorium on Monday - dual v. Utah @ 2:30 pm!

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Utah Women's Swimming and Diving Set to Host Cal



SALT LAKE CITY The University of Utah women's swimming and diving team will host the No. 2 Cal Bears this coming Monday, Oct. 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the Ute Natatorium.

"We are very excited to go up against second-ranked Cal on Monday," head coach Joe Dykstra said. "It is obviously a huge challenge to go up against a roster full of Olympians and National Team members but we are looking forward to the challenge of competing against the best of the best.

I felt great about how we looked in the relay exhibition against BYU so now we need to translate that over to a dual meet format with longer events."

Led by CSCAA National Swimmer of the Year Kathleen Baker, Cal finished as the national runner-up at the 2017 NCAA Championships - the ninth year in a row the Bears have placed among the top three. Baker captured three individual events - 100-yard back, 200-yard back and 200-yard IM - and set a pair of school records along the way. Cal also prevailed in the 200 free relay (for third year in a row) and the 200 medley relay.

Cal returns 18 members from its 2016-17 squad including six All-Americans - Baker, Amy Bilquist, Katie McLaughlin, Maddie Murphy, Noemie Thomas and Abbey Weitzeil along with four more swimmers who also qualified for the national meet - Keaton Blovad, Chenoa Devine, Valerie Hull and Phoebe LaMay.


http://www.utahutes.com/news/2017/10/6/womens-swimming-diving-utah-womens-swimming-and-diving-set-to-host-cal.aspx


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RUSSIAN OLYMPIAN ARINA OPENYSHEVA JOINS LOUISVILLE WOMEN




https://swimswam.com/russian-olympian-arina-openysheva-joins-louisville-women/


Note: IMO a pretty significant pickup by Louisville, who may turn out to be a bigger factor @ NCAAs than previously assumed by many...

Arina Openysheva's LCM freestyle times are currently faster than Robin's:

  • Arina: 54.45 (100m) / 1:57.66 (200m) / 4:08.81 (400m)
    Robin: 55.02 (100m) / 1:57.85 (200m) / 4:15.59 (400m)

Will be interesting to compare their respective development throughout the course of their NCAA careers - I'd naturally be cheering for Robin all the way - Go Bears!


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Don't know if this has already been mentioned, but Megan Byrnes was on crutches when the furdettes were being recognised & feted at their football game v. ASU on 30 Sept., still in a knee brace just yesterday. Really hope that she is OK and wish her a smooth & painless recovery!

Megan is a distance stud, having scored a very impressive 25 NCAA individual points for LSJU as a freshie last season (more than anyone from her class other than Ledecky, and matching Abbey's tally). Not sure how much of an impact, if any, this will have on the relentless onslaught of the furdette juggernaut by the time March rolls around...
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

For reference, here's a list of how the very best of the 2016 freshie class fared @ 2017 NCAAs for the various schools - only A finals scorers in individual events considered here:


Of note is that Megan would have been a double legacy here (parents are Cal alums, dad swam for Bears) if she hadn't decided to swim for the Dark Side... :p

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The grind doesn't let up either...onto a road trip to Ute Natatorium on Monday - dual v. Utah @ 2:30 pm!



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Looks like a fairly compact travel squad for this dual - no Abbey, Thleen, Katie ... no Elizabeth, Alexa B, Alexa S-N, Dannie, Anina, Courtney or Natalie... just 2 of our divers competed: Briana & Alexa C.

RESULTS (W, 186-114) : http://www.calbears.com/documents/2017/10/9//10_09_17_Cal_at_Utah_results.pdf

Keep in mind when eyeballing these times that our Bears had just competed at the Fresno State Invite a couple of days prior, hopped on a plane the morning of this dual, and were swimming at altitude (around 4,300 ft)...


UPDATES =>

Not necessarily all that meaningful of a comparison, but here are the results from LSJU's dual v. the Utes a week & a half later @ SLC (20 Oct), where the final score ended up 143 - 95 in the Card's favour:

https://s3.amazonaws.com/sidearm.sites/gostanford.com/documents/2017/10/20/Stanford_Results.pdf

Furdettes had also basically fielded their 'B' squad here - absent Ledecky, Eastin, Hu, Drabot & Forde who are competing for the Pac-12 team v. National Team down @ USC the following evening, whilst Manuel & Byrnes are currently sidelined due to injury.


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NO. 2 CAL SWIMS PAST UTAH

Sophomore Maddie Murphy captured the 50 free in Cal's win over Utah Monday.


http://www.calbears.com/news/2017/10/9/womens-swimming-diving-no-2-cal-swims-past-utah.aspx


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Pac-12 Weekly Recap: Cal Men, Women Win Duals


Noemie Thomas Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick


https://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/280545-2/


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CAL FRESHMAN ALI HARRISON SWEEPS BREASTSTROKES VS. UTAH


With Marina Garcia gone, Cal is looking for a new breaststroker in the 400 medley relay. Among the breaststroke specialists, Ali Harrison appears to be the early front runner. Archive photo via Anne Lepesant


https://swimswam.com/cal-freshman-ali-harrison-sweeps-breaststrokes-vs-Utah/


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Looks like a fairly compact travel squad for this dual - no Abbey, Thleen, Katie, Elizabeth, Alexa B, Alexa S-N, Dannie, Anina, Courtney or Natalie... just 2 of our divers competed: Briana & Alexa C.




Any idea if the Utes sat out some of there star swimmers too?
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OBear073akaSMFan said:

Any idea if the Utes sat out some of there star swimmers too?

According their own writeup, "Our upperclassmen, especially our seniors, are a little banged up, so we held them out.":

Not at all familiar with the Utah lineup meself, but please feel welcome to cross-reference their swimmers who competed today with the Utes roster...

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Not at all familiar with the Utah lineup meself, but please feel welcome to cross-reference their swimmers who competed today with the Utes roster...




Looked at Utah's Pac-12 'ship performance last year there were minimal B & C qualifiers and don't think there were any A qualifiers. Most of the B qualifiers did compete Sunday and didn't perform well though at this time of the year but squads are still in training. What seniors that was held out by Utah doesn't compare to the ours and don't think the score would had been much closer.
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FIRST ANNUAL SWIMSWAM NCAA DIVISION 1 WOMEN'S PRESEASON PICKS



Kathleen Baker of California and Ella Eastin of Stanford would each win three events, including a tie in the 200 IM.

Stanford will take four of the five relays, only missing out on the 200 medley relay victory, which will go to Cal.


https://swimswam.com/first-annual-swimswam-ncaa-division-1-womens-preseason-picks/


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Golden Medals: Bears vs. Bears in upcoming USA College Swimming Challenge


Junior Kathleen Baker is one of many Golden Bears that will partake on both sides of the upcoming USA College Swimming Challenge next weekend. Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images


The Pac-12 squad will be the heavily favored on the women's side with Stanford's duo of Katie Ledecky and Simone Manuel being at the top of their game (I don't know why they have not turned pro yet) in addition to Cal's Kathleen Baker.


https://www.californiagoldenblogs.com/2017/10/13/16451556/golden-medals-cal-bears-vs-bears-usa-college-swimming-challenge-soccer-volleyball-field-hockey


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Crikey, some incredibly FAST times being put up tonight at the SMU Classic!

'SC v. Michigan v. Louisville v. UCLA v. Miami (Florida) v. SMU, in a unique format.

http://www.sidearmstats.com/smu/swim/

Still in progress, and I'm sure SwimSwam will be coming out with some massive headlines about this event shortly haha...but this one really grabbed my attention - i.e. 2 NCAA 'A' cuts going down in mid-October!!!

* 200 Free *
2018 A standard: 1:43.30 ... B: 1:47.99

Mallory Comerford (Louisville) - 1:41.70 (had put down a 50.73 fly split on her 400 Medley Relay)
Siobhan Haughey (Michigan) - 1:42.44 (also busted out a 46.76 on anchor in the 400 Medley Relay!)



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Not to mention high 'B' cuts here:

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* 100 Fly *
2018 A standard: 51.19 ... B: 54.49

Louise Hansson (USC) - 51.56

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* 100 Back *
2018 A standard: 51.16 ... B: 55.09

Clara Smiddy (Michigan) - 52.55
Louise Hansson (USC) - 52.79

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* 100 Breast *
2018 A standard: 58.85 ... B: 1:02.49

Riley Scott (USC) - 59.56
Miranda Tucker (Michigan) - 1:00.35
Maggie Aroesty (USC) - 1:00.46

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* 400 IM *
2018 A standard: 4:04.70 ... B: 4:19.39

Maggie Aroesty (USC) - 4:10.18
Rose Bi (Michigan) - 4:11.15

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At this rate, 2018 NCAAs is oooh promising to be so excitingly & wickedly swift!!!

Here are the results for the 2016 edition of the SMU Classic - as you can see, times are generally faster this year, in some cases by a fairly significant margin:

Tho keep in mind that the swimmers at this meet are probably suited up, even if they may be un-rested & unshaved. They were sporting racing or tech suits last year.

Keeping my fingers crossed that Mallory will deny Katie Ledecky (and/or Simone Manuel) the win in the 200 Free come March (no disrespect to the pair of super-furdettes, it's more about their team & school lol)... :p

To put Comerford's swim in some context, that time of hers today would have been good for 5th place in the A final last March, trumping Leah Smith's 1:42.66!


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(Tech suits confirmed)




UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


Note: IMO a pretty significant pickup by Louisville, who may turn out to be a bigger factor @ NCAAs than previously assumed by many...

Arina Openysheva's LCM freestyle times are currently faster than Robin's:
  • Arina: 54.45 (100m) / 1:57.66 (200m) / 4:08.81 (400m)
    Robin: 55.02 (100m) / 1:57.85 (200m) / 4:15.59 (400m)
Will be interesting to compare their respective development throughout the course of their NCAA careers - I'd naturally be cheering for Robin all the way - Go Bears!

Arina swam a very decent 1:46.42 in the 200 Free - worth a 'B' cut. Also a 1:45.80 split with a flying start on Louisville's 800 Free Relay.

Michigan earned their 'A' cut (7:03.86) in the 800 Free Relay, with a strong 7:00.71 - that time would have placed 14th @ 2017 NCAAs!!

Tho this is akin to comparing apples & oranges, our own squad of Thleen Bean, Keeks, Robin & Katie had accomplished a solid time of 7:24.60 on this relay at the Fresno State Invite last week.


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COMERFORD DOUBLES WITH 4:39 500 FR, 47.0 100 FR TO CLOSE SMU CLASSIC





https://swimswam.com/comerford-doubles-439-500-fr-47-0-100-fr-close-smu-classic/


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8 BIG WINNERS FROM SMU CLASSIC


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Was especially happy to see the rest of the Dream Team + Maddie + Robin selected for the Pac-12 squad

Have a feeling that the Pac-12 women might do rather well against their USA National Team counterparts...
The National Team roster has since been beefed up on the women's side, but still feeling bullish on the Pac-12 women's team's winning chances, led by Teri & Greg...though Simone's removal from the latest Pac-12 roster will be a significant loss (injury related??):

David Marsh will be coaching the National squad, which presently consists mostly of grads + HS elite swimmers, i.e. missing college studs-gamechangers like Lilly King & Mallory Comerford...


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USA COLLEGE CHALLENGE AWAITS BEARS




http://www.calbears.com/news/2017/10/18/womens-swimming-diving-usa-college-challenge-awaits-bears.aspx


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How to Watch:


https://www.usaswimming.org/utility/event-pages/event-detail/2017/10/21/default-calendar/college-challenge


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  • UPDATES =>

Simone Manuel Off College Challenge Roster With 'Mild' Injury

EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR THE USA SWIMMING COLLEGE CHALLENGE






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Analysis: Women's NCAA Champions by Conference


Photo Courtesy: California Athletics

The Pac-12 is far and away the most dominant conference in NCAA Division I women's swimming and diving competition. Over the past decade, the Pac-12 has led the NCAA in women's swimming and diving champions nine out of 10 years, amassing 111 out of 211 total event winners, with the other 100 being split between the other conferences. The Pac-12 is also the only conference to have at least one event winner in each of the past ten years. The other Power Five conferences each had at least one year in which they did not have a single event champion.

Conference | # of Champions | Schools
Pac-12 | 111 | California (38); Stanford (38)


http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com/news/analysis-womens-ncaa-champions-by-conference/


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Live Results -> http://www.swisstimingusa.com/liveresults/2017CollegeChallenge/index.htm


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DAY 1



Kathleen Baker USA Swimming College Challenge (photo: Mike Lewis)


NCAA 'A' cut for Thleen in both the 200 Back & 100 Back, the latter from her leadoff in the 400 Medley Relay, where Abbey had put down a scintillating 46.98 split on anchor!



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UPDATES =>


2017 COLLEGE CHALLENGE: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE RECAP



BAKER HELPS PAC-12 TO EARLY LEAD


At USA College Challenge, the Pac-12 Team Has Unified and Rallied

https://www.floswimming.com/articles/6020344-usa-college-challenge-katie-ledecky-casually-torches-42875-500-free


NOTE -> The audacity of it all, listing Andrew Seliskar in the above tweet as hailing from the farm?!!!!


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DAY 2



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Kathleen Baker USA Swimming College Challenge (photo: Mike Lewis)

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Abbey's 21.63 in the 50 Free earns her an 'A' cut! (2018 NCAA 'A' standard = 21.80) Abbey was 5th @ 2017 NCAAs with her 21.58.

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Thleen's 1:53.24 in the 200 IM earns her a 3rd 'A' cut! (2018 NCAA 'A' standard = 1:55.00) Would have placed 4th @ 2017 NCAAs.

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SwimSwam Live: Pac-12's Abbey Weitzeil vs USA's Melanie Margalis over the final 100 yards. And the Pac-12 wins women's 400 free relay in 3:11.28 to Team USA's 3:12.75. That's an unofficial clinch for the Pac-12 #USAvsPac12

Abbey Weitzeil: "Mixing up the teams, you get to know people you normally wouldn't get to know. It's been a lot of fun."



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Just a wee footnote that our studly duo are the only NCAA swimmers who have achieved an 'A' cut in these events where they currently lead the nation, at this point in the season (as of 23 Oct 2017):
  • Abbey - 50 Free
  • Thleen - 100 Back, 200 Back, 200 IM (shared with Ella Eastin)

Granted that everyone was suited up at this meet, unlike most other duals & invites this early in the season, so the present rankings aren't all that indicative or predictive of where swimmers will stand at the big dance.

OTOH, the majority of the Pac-12 contingent weren't all that rested if at all here (having phased into heavy training to start building up their base for when it really counts in March).

The SMU Classic a week prior had also afforded the heavy-hitters from U$C, Michigan, Louisville etc. a nice opportunity to suit up and rack up a slew of impressive times, so some (very limited) comparisons can still be drawn.

Of greater import IMO are the valuable 'A' standards or automatic NCAA invites which have been secured by our pair of uber Bears above.

Also slipping under almost everyone's radar were the solid NCAA 'B' cuts achieved by these 3 Bears, listed here along with their current standings in Division I right now:
  • Katie - 200 Free (#9), 200 Fly (#4)
  • Maddie - 50 Free (#8), 100 Fly (#9)
  • Robin - 100 Free (#11)

Well done all - swim on you Bears!

P.S. Since this is Bear Territory and all that over here haha, my comments on the board are naturally extremely focussed on our Bears, almost to the exclusion of swimmers from the other schools :p

Having said that, deserved recognition should also be afforded the very impressive swims busted out over the weekend by superstars like Ledecky, former Bears recruit Eastin & their furdette cohort (ex-Cal recruit Drabot with strong performances in her 500 Free & 800 relay, Hu in the backs & relays), ex-Bears recruit Cox for Zona, former tedbear fave Aroesty w/Trojanette teammate & Bay Area local Scott, alongside several other lower-profile Pac-12 studs.

Not to forget 2020 top recruit Regan Smith who we're all fervently keeping our fingers crossed will follow in the footsteps of Missy, Thleen Bean, Billy aka Amy, Bootsie, Lizzie, Cindy & Melanie, i.e. -> Backstroke U.

Doesn't hurt either that Regan had hit it off with 2018 Baby Bear Alex Sumner at 2017 World Juniors, alongside Smith's roomie & 2019 top prospect Kate Douglass...

Back to NCAAs - the bar seems to have been raised really high very early into the 2017-2018 season, the level of competition promising to be even more intense than usual this year, and all signs pointing to a phenomenal challenge & thrilling Nationals come March - even if the furdette juggernaut is generally expected to steamroll over all the competition!


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2017 COLLEGE CHALLENGE HIGHLIGHT REEL

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Stanford Women, Indiana Men Lead Poll

October 25, 2017

Rank | Prev | Team | Points
1 | 1 | Stanford | 325
2 | 3 | Texas | 301
3 | 6 | Michigan | 299
4 | 7 | Southern California | 281
5 | 5 | Texas A&M | 272
6 | 4 | Georgia | 267
7 | 2 | California | 254
7 | 10 | Indiana | 229
9 | 15 | Auburn | 209
10 | 25 | Notre Dame | 202
11 | 9 | Lousville | 199
12 | 14 | Tennessee | 180
13 | 8 | NC State | 164
14 | 13 | Virginia | 158
15 | 15 | Kentucky | 108
16 | 31 | Purdue | 104
17 | 17 | Minnesota | 101
18 | 12 | Wisconsin | 99
19 | 22 | North Carolina | 97
20 | 18 | Florida | 92
21 | 26 | Virginia Tech | 90
22 | 32 | South Carolina | 44
23 | 20 | Duke | 39
24 | 24 | Arizona | 36
25 | 11 | Missouri | 22

Also Receiving Votes: Arkansas (16), Florida State (13), UCLA (9), Alabama (9), Ohio State (6)


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Er, no surprise that Bears are massively under-rated, once again.

However, these CSCAA rankings from in-season duals are, IMHO, basically a load of tosh...the only one which really matters to Teri and our Bears is the very last one in March - at the conclusion of NCAAs!

Though it's a wee encouraging to see that we have at least moved up 2 spots (#9 -> #7) from around this time last season...

For a spot of context, see BD's post from 26 Oct 2016, and mine from 2015:
BearDevil said:

We have this discussion every season, but a dual meet ranking is pretty meaningless for both Cal programs. Based on Teri's and Durden's prior accomplishments, neither team is measured on dual meets. Primary focus is NCAAs with a secondary focus on Pacs.

That being said, women's team is underrated at 9 (should be 3 for NCAAs and 3 to 5 for duals); men should be ranked 2 for both.

UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Seem to recall we had a similar discussion at around this point last year. Bears were hovering between the #4 & #5 position in both the CSAA polls + CollegeSwimming rankings for pretty much the first half of the 2014-2015 season, whilst Georgia was rated #1, with Stanfurd, Texas & SC fighting for the spots immediately behind UGA back then.


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INDIANA MEN OVERTAKE CAL, STANFORD WOMEN REMAIN ATOP CSCAA POLLS


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Any of the usual suspects planning to attend the home opener v. OSU this Friday afternoon @ Spieker (2 pm)?

Or the home dual v. NC State on Sat @ Legends (9 am, yikes!)...perhaps as a warmup for the fb game?

  • UPDATE => looks like both meets are now taking place @ Legends...


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The 2 visiting teams will also face off against the furdettes, a day earlier than v. Bears.

In case anyone's interested in checking/spying lol on the current form of our arch-rivals, here are the livestreams & live results from Avery:

- Thurs, 2:45 pm v. OSU:
http://pac-12.com/live/pac-12-plus
http://stanford_ftp.sidearmsports.com/fastlane/2017-11-02-OSU/

- Fri, 1 pm v. NC State:
https://www.facebook.com/stanfordathletics/videos/vb.58450998155/10155880793768156/
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25 YEARS WITH TERI MCKEEVER


A trailblazer in her profession, Teri McKeever has directed Cal to four NCAA team championships during her tenure.

Since she first arrived on the Cal campus as the Golden Bears' new women's swimming & diving head coach in 1992, Teri McKeever has built a legacy as one of the most successful and innovative leaders ever in the sport. Yet despite a long list of accolades and accomplishments, she has shied away from personal attention, preferring instead to let her student-athletes' achievements take center stage.

On Saturday, following Cal's 9 a.m. dual meet with North Carolina State at Legends Aquatic Center, McKeever will most certainly move into the spotlight as members of the current team, alumnae and friends of the program will celebrate her 25 years as head coach in Berkeley.


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Any of the usual suspects planning to attend the home opener v. OSU this Friday afternoon @ Spieker (2 pm)?

Or the home dual v. NC State on Sat @ Legends (9 am, yikes!)...perhaps as a warmup for the fb game?

  • UPDATE => looks like both meets are now taking place @ Legends...




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I'm having trouble posting pictures from my iPhone, but definitely an exciting vibe for the first meet at Legends! Word of advice for those coming tomorrow, there is definitely less seating than at Spieker, so come early. Hopefully they add more bleachers, but for now there is only room for approximately 100-125. The big upside is that you can actually see the scoreboard. It's a little cloudy so it's easier in general, but anyone who has been to a meet at Spieker with the sun shining in your eyes will understand me. Second bonus, and I don't know if this temporary thing, is that the stands are covered. That will help if it rains today, or on a super hot sunny day. I'm going to miss Teri's celebration tomorrow, so hopefully someone can give us an update of all the past swimmers who showed up for the event.
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Another big bonus is that bathrooms are nearby. We don't have to run to Haas to use the facilities.

Alumni at the meet included Natalie, Caroline Piehl, Melanie Klaren, Kristin Vredeveld, and Marina Garcia.
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Cheers for your on-site updates, tedbear - really brill to hear bout the nearby loos

Still waiting for the official report & detailed meet stats, tho did learn of the final results: 164-84 in favour of Bears!

For reference, Furdettes had won 170-77 v. Oregon State yesterday, winning every event, with generally faster times than our women. LSJU also pulled off a dominating 189-104 tally v. NC State this afternoon.

However, both Bay Area teams are in different stages of training, with many if not most swimming off-events at these duals, and a bunch of exhibition swims towards the end of these duals, so can't jump to any sort of meaningful conclusions at this point...


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I'm having trouble posting pictures from my iPhone, but definitely an exciting vibe for the first meet at Legends! Word of advice for those coming tomorrow, there is definitely less seating than at Spieker, so come early. Hopefully they add more bleachers, but for now there is only room for approximately 100-125. The big upside is that you can actually see the scoreboard. It's a little cloudy so it's easier in general, but anyone who has been to a meet at Spieker with the sun shining in your eyes will understand me. Second bonus, and I don't know if this temporary thing, is that the stands are covered. That will help if it rains today, or on a super hot sunny day. I'm going to miss Teri's celebration tomorrow, so hopefully someone can give us an update of all the past swimmers who showed up for the event.
Have they announced team captions for this year?
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Have they announced team captions for this year?

Don't believe team captions have been announced as yet, AFAIK...neither have team captains, for that matter lol

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CAL DOWNS OREGON STATE IN HOME OPENER

RESULTS: http://www.calbears.com/documents/2017/11/3//11_03_17_Cal_vs_Oregon_State_results.pdf



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More details once the meet results & write-ups are posted for Sat's dual v. NC State...

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GOLDEN BEARS CELEBRATE MCKEEVER'S LEADERSHIP



RESULTS : http://www.calbears.com/documents/2017/11/4//11_04_17_Cal_vs_NC_State_results.pdf


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Coach Dunleavy: What a great day in the East Bay! A visit from my favorite friends @d_farrell7 and @nora_farrell, a win against a talented NC State team in the pool, a football victory vs Oregon State, and an amazing, much deserved celebration of my boss and friend, Teri McKeever. #GoBears


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Cal recently released their schedules for this season:

https://swimswam.com/cal-women-include-dual-nc-state-2017-18-schedule/

CALIFORNIA WOMEN'S SWIMMING & DIVING 2017-18 SCHEDULE:
Sep 29: Queen of the Pool
San Luis Obispo

Oct 6-7: Fresno State Invite
Fresno

Oct 9: Utah
Salt Lake City

Oct 21-22: USA vs. College Challenge
Los Angeles

Nov 3: Oregon State
Berkeley

Nov 4: NC State
Berkeley

Nov 17-19: NAU Diving Invite
Flagstaff

Dec 1-3: Georgia Fall Invite
Athens

Dec 20: San Jose State
Berkeley

Jan 12-14: UCLA Diving Invite
Los Angeles

Jan 19: Arizona State
Tempe

Jan 20: Arizona
Tucson

Jan 26: USC
Los Angeles

Jan 27: UCLA
Los Angeles

Feb 10: Stanford
Stanford

Feb 21-24: Pac-12 Championships
Federal Way

Mar 15-17: NCAA Championships
Columbus

I don't think Cal's ever been in a dual meet with NC State, it'll be interesting because LSJU is also having a dual with them.




Pretty sure the AZ schools visit Berkeley this season (per Cal website). Will be a good chance to see both the M/W teams in action.
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Stanford Women, Indiana Men Lead Poll

October 25, 2017

Rank | Prev | Team | Points
1 | 1 | Stanford | 325
2 | 3 | Texas | 301
3 | 6 | Michigan | 299
4 | 7 | Southern California | 281
5 | 5 | Texas A&M | 272
6 | 4 | Georgia | 267
7 | 2 | California | 254
7 | 10 | Indiana | 229


Quick post before I head out for the day. Also keep an eye out for the pending official announcement on our talented 2018 Baby Bears! (as mentioned on the 2018 recruits thread)

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RANK | PREVIOUS | TEAM | POINTS
1 | 1 | Stanford | 300
2 | 2 | Texas | 288
3 | 5 | Texas A&M | 276
4 | 3 | Michigan | 263
5 | 6 | Georgia | 251
6 | 7 | California | 242
7 | 12 | Tennessee | 224
8 | 4 | Southern California | 217
9 | 8 | Indiana | 196
10 | 11 | Louisville | 195
11 | 28 | Alabama | 171
12 | 13 | NC State | 167
13 | 9 | Auburn | 150
14 | 20 | Florida | 128
15 | 17 | Minnesota | 122
16 | 14 | Virginia | 114
17 | 15 | Kentucky | 103
18 | 10 | Notre Dame | 99
19 | 18 | Wisconsin | 99
20 | 16 | Purdue | 80
21 | 19 | North Carolina | 62
22 | 24 | Arizona | 42
23 | NR | Ohio State | 34
24 | NR | Arizona State | 27
25 | NR | UCLA | 17


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2017-2018 WOMEN'S NCAA POWER RANKINGS: NOVEMBER EDITION

#20: ALABAMA CRIMSON TIDE (PREVIOUS RANK: N/A)
#19: TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS (PREVIOUS RANK: #16)
#18: UNC TAR HEELS (PREVIOUS RANK: N/A)
#17: VIRGINIA CAVALIERS (PREVIOUS RANK: #17)
#16: OHIO STATE BUCKEYES (PREVIOUS RANK: #15)
#15: WISCONSIN BADGERS (PREVIOUS RANK: #14)
#14: AUBURN TIGERS (PREVIOUS RANK: #18)
#13: MISSOURI TIGERS (PREVIOUS RANK: #12)
#12: KENTUCKY WILDCATS (PREVIOUS RANK: #13)
#11: MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS (PREVIOUS RANK: #11)

#10: NC STATE WOLFPACK (PREVIOUS RANK: #9)
OK, so the trip out West was a little painful. But who would look good against Stanford and Cal? Hannah Moore is swimming very well, and freshman Julia Poole is looking like an early-impact pickup. -JA

#9: INDIANA HOOSIERS (PREVIOUS RANK: #10)
Common sense seemed to dictate that the graduation of star flyer Gia Dalesandro would leave a hole in the IU medleys, further exposing shaky free legs. But Christie Jensen is swimming out of her mind to replace Dalesandro from within, and freshman Grace Haskett is looking better than any anchor the team had last year. When you've got all-world talent Lilly King tearing up your breaststroke leg, that means big things for those medley relays. -JA

#8: TEXAS LONGHORNS (PREVIOUS RANK: #5)
Lost in the shuffle of the Texas A&M men beating Texas was the inverse upset on the women's side, with the Longhorns beating our consensus #3 team on the road. The 'Horns have the #1-ranked 400 free relay in the nation while backstrokers Claire Adams and Quinn Carrozza and flyer Remedy Rule are all excelling. Keep an eye on freshman Evie Pfeifer, who looks great, too. -JA

#7: GEORGIA BULLDOGS (PREVIOUS RANK: #4)
#1 commit Courtney Harnish has proven that she's ready for the NCAA challenge. The Bulldogs are still looking for the pieces to fall into place around her, though. -BK

#6: LOUISVILLE CARDINALS (PREVIOUS RANK: #6)
Mallory Comerford is off to the start we expected of the defending NCAA Champion, and the depth continues to grow for the Cardinals. To crack the top 4, they'll need a breaststroker. Freshman Mariia Astashkina ranks 9th in the NCAA so far in the 100 with a 1:01.25 a good start, but not quite enough to get the Cardinals over that hump. Let's see what she does at Winter Nationals in early December sub-minute could bump the Cardinals back up. -BK
The Cards have the best 200 free relay in the nation by a full second, and tough young freestyle crew is only getting younger with the addition of likely NCAA scorer Arina Openysheva. -JA

#5: USC TROJANS (PREVIOUS RANK: #8)
USC has two of the only four sub-minute breaststrokers in the country, Riley Scott and Margaret Aroesty. Those two also sit 1-2 nationally in the 200 breast. USC as breaststroke U is back. -BK
The Trojans are swimming lights-out. Louise Hansson is ranked inside the top 3 in the NCAA in four different events (100 fly, 100 free, 200 back, 200 IM) and inside the top 10 in two more (4th in 200 free, 10th in 100 back). -JA

#4: MICHIGAN WOLVERINES (PREVIOUS RANK: #7)
The latest DeLoof, Catie, is coming into her own as Michigan's #2 sprinter. The Wolverines have the 3 fastest times in the Big Ten this season in the 100 free and lead the conference in most events. -BK
No G Ryan yet, but that's expected to change next month. Siobhan Haughey is crushing. And top-tier transfer Miranda Tucker hasn't even swum her best yet. -JA

#3: TEXAS A&M AGGIES (PREVIOUS RANK: #3)
The loss to Texas speaks more to how the Aggies strengths (and absurd breaststroke/IM depth) don't translate well to the dual meet format. The Aggies have 5 of the top 12 swimmers in the nation in the 200 breast. They're also very well-rounded, with Lisa Bratton in the backstrokes, Beryl Gastaldello in sprints and 16-year-old freshman Jing Quah in the butterfly races. -JA

#2: CALIFORNIA GOLDEN BEARS (PREVIOUS RANK: #2)
Abbey Weitzeil may finally be settling in at Cal. Her 21.63 in the 50 free is the fastest time in the country so far by four-tenths of a second, and most importantly already ensures her spot at NCAAs. -BK

#1: STANFORD CARDINAL (PREVIOUS RANK: #1)
No question about our #1 team, a bulldozer of a crew that's historically good in the freestyles of all distances. Maybe the underreported story is how good Janet Hu was at the College Challenge: 51.6 back, 51.6 fly and 1:52.2 back. She's also been 22.6 twice in the 50 free. -JA


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WORLD CHAMP KATHLEEN BAKER WILL RACE AT NICO SAPIO TROPHY THIS WEEKEND



"Going to the meet in Genoa gives Kathleen another opportunity to swim against high-level competition," said Cal head coach Teri McKeever. "The event is in short-course meters, so it offers a bit of a change from the collegiate season, while providing her with a new experience in an international setting. The meet also happens to fall within a break for our team between dual meets, and Kathleen was able to get ahead on her schoolwork to make the trip possible."

Baker is entered with a busy schedule and will race the 50, 100, and 200 back, plus the 50 fly, 100 fly, and 200 IM.

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WORLD CHAMP KATHLEEN BAKER WILL RACE AT NICO SAPIO TROPHY THIS WEEKEND

"Going to the meet in Genoa gives Kathleen another opportunity to swim against high-level competition," said Cal head coach Teri McKeever. "The event is in short-course meters, so it offers a bit of a change from the collegiate season, while providing her with a new experience in an international setting. The meet also happens to fall within a break for our team between dual meets, and Kathleen was able to get ahead on her schoolwork to make the trip possible."



Thleen making waves over in Northern Italy!

Her 2:01.68, swam unrested, now marks her as the 3rd fastest American ever in this event (200m Back, SCM), and #13 all-time globally!

Behind only #4 Missy (2:00.03 AR - Berlin World Cup, Oct 2011) & #9 Courtney Bartholomew (2:01.33 - Indy, Dec 2015), but ahead of #15 Lizzie (2:02.16 - Atlanta, Dec 2011).

Little Bean's best, prior to today's prelims & finals, was a 2:04.25 (Singapore, Nov 2014).

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MADISON KENNEDY TAKES OUT 17-YEAR OLD MEET RECORD AT NICO SAPIO



American veteran (& Cal Swim alum) Madison Kennedy took out a 17-year old Meet Record on day 2 of the 2017 Nico Sapio Trophy in Genoa, Italy one of a slew of records at both the senior and junior level that fell on Saturday.

Kennedy swam 24.33 in the 50 free final to win gold. While that's half-a-second slower than her best time, it's also half-a-second faster than she swam in Bolzano last week. It dips just under the old Meet Record held by Germany's Sandra Volker from the 2000 edition of this meet. Volker won 3 Olympic medals at the 1996 games in Atlanta and was the 1997 World Short Course Champion in this same event.

American Kathleen Baker won the women's 100 back by two-and-a-half seconds in a time of 56.67. Her countrymate Helen Moffitt took 2nd in 59.33. Baker broke a Meet Record in the 200 on Friday, but came up two-tenths short of Natalie Coughlin's mark in this event.

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