2019 Women's Swimming Recruiting

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TOP 20 NCAA SWIMMING RECRUITS IN THE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2019



TOP 10 SWIMMERS FROM THE CLASS OF 2019

1. Isabel Ivey Gator Swim Club F.W. Buchholz High School Gainesville, Florida **Verbally Committed to Cal**

Best Times: 200 free - 1:43.64, 100 free - 47.88, 50 free - 22.43, 200 IM - 1:55.77, 100 back - 52.27, 100 fly - 52.61, 200 fly - 1:56.48, 100 breast - 1:00.99, 400 IM - 4:12.08

Ivey is the definition of do-everything star she is among the best in her class at all four strokes. Her 200 free time from Winter Juniors would have made the NCAA A final, and she's already in scoring territory in the 100 free and 200 IM. Whatever events Ivey ultimately specializes in, she should be a 4-5 relay factor in the NCAA post-season and has the stroke versatility to save a medley relay in several different ways.
BearDevil said:

The 2019 recruiting class looks pretty good. Izzy will be a star. She's not very tall, but she's nearly as versatile as Baker. Extremely charismatic, so will help recruit future teammates.

#1 recruit Isabel Ivey signing her National Letter of Intent to Cal this morning!



What's particularly intriguing are the public mentions from several sources of Izzy starting @ Cal on 3 Jan 2019...er, just in time for that coveted mid-winter training trip to Hawaii?



May account for Izzie not having competed @ 2018 Florida HS States last week, though Ivey has re-affirmed that she'll be graduating from Buchholz High.

This would be rather significant news if true, as would give Bears a massive shot in the arm for 2018-2019 NCAAs, considering the uphill battle we're facing with the early loss of Thleen (pro), probable absence of Billy (stress fractures), froski Alex being MIA (moshpit injuries??! ) & Cassidy still recovering from her knee issues, Chenoa (no longer on the roster), etc.

Anyway will update this post with more Bears NLIs news as they come in - if they haven't already been posted elsewhere...

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BearDevil said:

Emma is a very nice girl from a great family with a lot of upside. Long and lean and hasn't been swimming very long. Expect her to drop a significant amount of sprint time in college.
Yorba Linda swimmer Emma


Yorba Linda swimmer Emma Davidson, who captured a pair of individual CIF-SS titles in May, signed with NCAA powerhouse Cal on Wednesday, National Signing Day for non-football athletes.

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BearDevil said:

Chloe, Ayla, and Sarah are good gets. Teri also added a bunch of distance depth.



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Rachel Klinker: "Officially a Golden Bear! Thank you to everyone who has helped me reach this point in my career, especially Coach Dave! Can't wait to spend the next 4 years at Cal. Go Bears! #gobears #cal"

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Dani Carter: "Berkeley bound"

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tedbear
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Hmmm, interesting news, but do we really want to pull forward a year of eligibility for I^2 and sacrifice a year in the future?
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Yes. Win now and the future continues to be assured.
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

What's particularly fascinating are the mentions from several sources of Izzy starting @ Cal on 3 Jan 2019...er, just in time for that coveted mid-winter training trip to Hawaii?

Confirmed!

http://instagr.am/p/BqLsQMNHAaY


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ISABEL IVEY TO GRADUATE EARLY, BEGIN AT CAL AS MID-SEASON ADDITION

Isabel Ivey, our #1 recruit in the high school class of 2019, signed a National Letter of Intent at Buchholz High School in Gainesville, Florida on Wednesday morning. She had declared back in January her intent to swim at the University of California, Berkeley in the class of 2023.

This morning, however, we learned that Ivey plans to leave Buchholz in December and head to Berkeley on January 3, 2019 to join the women's swimming and diving team as a mid-season addition to the class of 2022.

Ivey's arrival on the Bears' roster in January will help soften the blow of Kathleen Baker's decision to turn pro and forego her senior season at Cal. Baker made that announcement just after Phillips 66 Nationals in August.


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Signing Day 2018- more photos:

Chloe Clark:

UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:



#12 Chloe Clark had tweeted: "Officially Berkeley bound!! Can't wait to be a baby bear in January"

  • *wot???!!!...me doing a double take*
Ah, that would explain Chloe's "roomies" comment to Izzy!
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:



#12 Chloe Clark had tweeted: "Officially Berkeley bound!! Can't wait to be a baby bear in January"

  • *wot???!!!...me doing a double take*
Ah, that would explain Chloe's "roomies" comment to Izzy!

that amazing that 2 of the 2019 recruits will be swimming this year! Izzy will no doubt help us this year. What are the chances Chloe will have an impact this year? Should she burn a year?
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Polodad said:

Yes. Win now and the future continues to be assured.
OBear073akaSMFan said:

that amazing that 2 of the 2019 recruits will be swimming this year! Izzy will no doubt help us this year. What are the chances Chloe will have an impact this year? Should she burn a year?

Just a wee bit of caution advised b4 celebrating prematurely - or putting unnecessary pressure on our 2 early recruits...

imo Amy is still the lynchpin of the team's realistic hopes to wrest the national title from the Furdette Machine. Most of our relays are currently still at least one leg away from record-worthy potential even with the very welcome inclusion of Izzy, with the medley relays being the most vulnerable on leadoff back.

Billy & Thleen really brought so much value & power to Cal's relays - obviously in their speciality stroke (back), but also in their amazing but often unheralded free splits across the board that flew under a lot of radars.

Yes if Bilquist's back to health & form by this March (tbh, a tall order judging from the current look of things), reckon Bears will have a very credible shot at challenging & upsetting those highly-favoured trees!

Without Billy in the mix for 2019 NCAAs however (a scenario that may have been unanticipated for, when Baker had originally announced her early pro decision, and Izzy as a result took the offered opportunity to jump on board to help her future teammates out), the addition of Isabel should at least help Cal fend off dangerous threats to snatching that runner-up spot from the likes of Michigan and perhaps Texas.


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  • btw, Chloe coming to Berkeley Jan 2019 has now been confirmed via SwimSwam:

CHLOE CLARK JOINING CAL IN JANUARY AS MEMBER OF CLASS OF 2022

California's Chloe Clark, our #12 recruit from the class of 2019, will finish Granite Bay High School six months early and head to Cal in early January as a mid-season addition to the class of 2022.

Isabel Ivey will also join the Bears' roster in mid-season. The additions of Clark and Ivey will go a long way toward mitigating the loss of senior Kathleen Baker, who decided to forego her final year of NCAA eligibility to turn pro.


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Cal Women's Swimming & Diving: Signing Day 2018


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Cal Adds Nine To Women's Swimming Roster

Three of Nation's Top 20 Recruits Sign With Golden Bears

BERKELEY - Cal women's swimming & diving coach Teri McKeever announced Friday the signing of a nine-swimmer recruiting class that includes five of the nation's top 25 high school seniors.

The new Golden Bears hail from six states spanning from Florida to California and bring talent in a wide range of strokes and distances.

"I'm really excited about this class because of the amount of energy they're going to bring," McKeever said. "It's a group that can swim a lot of different things, from sprints to distances, which is I think is going to benefit the versatility of our program as a whole and individually for their careers. The fact that we have signed swimmers from across the country I feel speaks to the success of our program and the reputation of our institution. These are women who are looking for world-class academics and world-class athletics."

Leading the class is Isabel Ivey from Gainesville, Fla., who is considered the No. 1 recruit in the country by SwimSwam.com. Others to earn a top ranking include No. 12 recruit Chloe Clark of Granite Bay, Calif., and No. 20 Ayla Spitz of Newport Beach, Calif., as well as Sarah DiMeco from Sammamish, Wash., and Rachel Klinker from Lexington, Ky., who both received honorable mention notice from SwimSwam.com for being just outside its list of top-20 recruits.

Rounding out the group are Danielle Carter Los Altos, Calif.), Emma Davidson (Yorba Linda, Calif.), Ashlyn Fiorilli (McKinney, Texas) and Anna Kalandadze (Ardmore, Pa.).

Ivey is a member of the U.S. Junior National Team in three events - the 100 and 200 freestyle and the 200 butterfly. The two-time Florida Swimmer of the Year has won state titles in four different events, and her personal best of 1:43.54 in the 200-yard free would have qualified for the A final at last year's NCAA Championships.

Clark is a two-time California state champion, having won the 200 individual medley as a sophomore and 100 backstroke as a junior, while Spitz holds five records at her high school and is a three-time Scholastic All-American. DiMeco (Washington) and Klinker (Kentucky) have both won 200 and 500 free titles in their home states.

Carter owns Los Altos High School marks in the 100 back and 200 IM; Davidson is an All-American and Scholastic All-American with six school records to her credit; Fiorilli is a member of the U.S. Junior National Team in the 200 fly and competed at the FINA World Junior Championships in 2017 in the event; and Kalandadze is a three-time Pennsylvania state champion in the 500 free who has also swum the 10K at Open Water Nationals.
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Danielle Carter - Los Altos, Calif. / Los Altos HS

Set school records in the 100 back and 200 IM ... named team MVP and earned the Coaches Honor Award in 2018 ... has traveled internationally to three World Cup events - Hong Kong (2016), Amsterdam (2017) and Budapest (2018) ... owns best times of 53.31 in the 100 back, 1:55.40 in the 200 back and 53.95 in the 100 fly ... has overcome two knee dislocations ... in addition to swimming, also enjoys surfing ... swims for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics.

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Chloe Clark - Granite Bay, Calif. / Granite Bay HS

Ranked the No. 12 recruit in the country by SwimSwam.com, Clark is a two-time state champion, having won the 100 back as a junior and 200 IM as a sophomore ... owns best times of 53.21 in the 100 back and 1:57.32 in the 200 IM ... a three-time Scholastic All-American ... named her high school team's Rookie of the Year as a freshman and picked up most valuable honors as a sophomore and junior ... helped Granite Bay HS extend its streak of league championships to 22 years in a row ... owns school records in the 50 and 100 free, 100 back and 200 IM ... also the CIF Sac-Joaquin record holder in the 100 back and 200 IM ... a six-time league champion and five-time section champ ... swims for the Sierra Marlins Swim Team ... a 15-time All-American award recipient.

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Emma Davidson - Yorba Linda, Calif. / Yorba Linda HS

An All-American and Scholastic All-American ... a three-time team MVP and team captain ... holds six school records top times include 23.27 in the 50 free and 50.90 in the 100 free ... recipient of the Yorba Linda HS Academic Mustang Achievement Award and a member of the principal's honor roll for having a GPA over 4.0 ... member of the National Honors Society and the California Scholarship Federation ... named second-team all-league in volleyball before concentrating full-time on swimming beginning in January 2017 ... has traveled to 24 countries.

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Sarah DiMeco - Sammamish, Wash. / Skyline HS

A multi-time All-American and Scholastic All-American ... a four-time All-State King County selection ... helped her high school team to a pair of state titles ... an honorable mention recruit by SwimSwam.com (just outside the top 20) ... the 2016 state champion in the 200 free and a two-time winner in the 500 free ... best times include 1:48.35 in the 200 free, 4:44.26 in the 500 free and 16:19.78 in the 1650 free ... swims for the Issaquah Swim Team and was named Swimmer of the Year for 2017-18 ... mother, Helen, swam at Washington.

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Ashlyn Fiorilli - McKinney, Texas / Spring Creek Academy

Member of the 2018-19 U.S. National Junior Team in the 200 fly ... a three-time high school All-American ... represented Team USA at the 2017 FINA World Junior Championships in Indianapolis, placing 12th in the 200m fly ... top times including 4:49.92 in the 500 free, 16:23.48 in the 1650 free, 1:57.23 in the 200 fly and 4:15.41 in the 400 IM ... swims for Texas Ford Aquatics, a silver-medal ranked club team from 2014-17.

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Isabel Ivey - Gainesville, Fla. / Buchholtz HS

Considered the No. 1 recruit in the country by SwimSwam.com and is a member of the U.S. Junior National team in three events - 100 and 200 free and 100 fly ... also on the Junior National Team in 2017-18 ... owns best times of 22.43 in the 50 free, 47.88 in the 100 free, 1:43.64 in the 200 free 1:00.99 in the 100 breast (Florida high school record) and 52.61 in the 100 fly ... at 2017 Winter Nationals, finished second in the 200 free and 200 IM, as well as third in the 100 back and eight in the 100 free ... a two-time Florida state Swimmer of the Year ... has won state titles in the 50 free, 200 free, 100 breast and 200 IM ... helped Buchholtz HS to the 2017 Florida Class 4A title ... competed at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in both 2016 and 2018 ... swims for the Windermere Lakers Club.

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Anna Kalandadze - Ardmore, Pa. / Lower Merion HS

A three-time state champion in the 500 free ... also the district record-holder in the 500 free ... a top-30 finisher at Open Water Nationals in the 10K in 2016 and a top-6 finisher at Junior Nationals in the 1650 free (2017) ... top times include 1:50.42 in the 200 free, 4:46.25 in the 500 free and 16:24.31 in the 1650 free ... owns high school records in the 100, 200 and 500 free, the 100 fly and the 200 IM ... swims for Radnor Aquatic Club ... a life guard and swimming instructor ... enjoys scuba diving and photography ... has traveled to five continents.

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Rachel Klinker - Lexington, Ky. / Tates Creek HS

An honorable mention recruit by SwimSwam.com (just outside the top 20) ... captured state titles in the 200 free (1:46.05) and 500 free (4:49.77) in 2018 ... a three-time regional champion in both events ... owns school records in the 100, 200 and 500 free ... a three-time team MVP ... freshman, sophomore and junior class president and all-school president as a senior ... won the 200 fly at the Irish Open Championships in 2018 ... swims for the Lexington Dolphins.

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Ayla Spitz - Newport Beach, Calif. / Newport Harbor HS

Considered the No. 20 recruit in the country by SwimSwam.com ... a three-time Scholastic All-American ... holds high school records in the 50 free (23.00), 100 free (48.88), 200 free (1:45.44), 100 back (54.16) and 100 breast (1:04.61) ... swims for Irvine Novaquatics and helped the club team to first placed at 2017 Winter Junior Nationals and 2018 Summer Junior Nationals ... owns 17-18 Novaquatics age-group records in eight events ... president of the Math Club ... has a twin, Zoe.

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Schroeder71
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This recruit class is loaded with talent-where did SwimSwam rank them? This seems to be the best class since the Fab Four class. Several mid distance free style swimmers could turn the 500m & 1650 m into strengths. Also the two top swimmers Izzy & Chloe are super sprint free stylers. Where do you guys see the class filling out the other three stroke events [breast, butterfly & back]? Just curious...GO BEARS!
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Had caught Schroeder71's post just now, so here's my off-the-cuff but by no means authoritative take...hope the real swim experts on the board will chime in with a more complete analysis if they are so inclined!

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Schroeder71 said:

This recruit class is loaded with talent-where did SwimSwam rank them?
According to the official press release quoted a few posts back:
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Cal Adds Nine To Women's Swimming Roster
"Leading the class is Isabel Ivey from Gainesville, Fla., who is considered the No. 1 recruit in the country by SwimSwam.com. Others to earn a top ranking include No. 12 recruit Chloe Clark of Granite Bay, Calif., and No. 20 Ayla Spitz of Newport Beach, Calif., as well as Sarah DiMeco from Sammamish, Wash., and Rachel Klinker from Lexington, Ky., who both received honorable mention notice from SwimSwam.com for being just outside its list of top-20 recruits"

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Schroeder71 said:

Several mid distance free style swimmers could turn the 500m & 1650 m into strengths.
Bears will definitely enjoy an unprecedented wealth of scoring depth in the distance events (*500* & *1,650* yards free) at the conference level. What Sarah, Ashlyn, Rachel & Anna will bring additionally to the table - solid depth to fill in our historical holes in the *400 IM* & *200 Fly*.

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Schroeder71 said:

Also the two top swimmers Izzy & Chloe are super sprint free stylers.
Actually Izzy & Chloe aren't pure sprinters as such - Ivey's individual events @ NCAAs will likely be *200 IM | 200 Free |100 Free* ... whilst Clark could end up racing the *200 IM | 100 Back/400 IM | 200 Back/100 Free* @ Pac-12s!

Thanks to their studly versatility however, they do have quite a bit of range that extends somewhat down to the sprint frees...though Isabel's forte becomes more apparent in the mid-sprints, *100 & 200 Free*, the latter at which she excels.

Here are some best times for SwimSwam's Top 20 in the class of 2019 who are comparable to or faster than Baby Bears Izzy & Chloe in the *50 Free* sprint:

22.04 - #2 Kate Douglass (UVA)
22.43 - #1 Isabel Ivey (Cal)
22.43 - #7 Alexandra Crisera (LSJU)
22.44 - #14 Talia Bates (UF)
22.65 - #12 Chloe Clark (Cal)

Kate Douglass is basically the only one in her class with a close-to-elite time in the sprint free...even then, she's not really your classic pure sprinter, as her talents include being good at IM, breast & fly.

Looking ahead to the class of 2020, versatile Alex Walsh (who has already taken trips to the Farm & to Charlottesville) is by far the quickest sprinter there, even though, like with Douglass & Ivey, her speciality lies elsewhere, in Alex's case, more in back, breast & IM.

22.08 - #2 Alex Walsh
22.29 - HM Jasmine Rumley
22.35 - #5 Kaitlyn Dobler (*USC commit*)
22.37 - #16 Grace Cooper
22.46 - #9 Maxine Parker

Now, waiting in the wings (class of 2021), there's Gretchen Walsh with that spectacular 21.85 that was set in her HS freshman year! One bright spot here - the younger of the Walsh siblings appears to be good friends with our Izzy...

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Schroeder71 said:

Where do you guys see the class filling out the other three stroke events [breast, butterfly & back]?
Izzie, Chloe & Danielle are all more than competent *backstrokers* (Dani is fastest of the trio at the 200 distance, also has some potential @ the *100 Fly* - current froski Alex Sumner's the cream of the crop in the *200 back*), albeit not presently at Thleen or Billy's stratospheric level (well, very few are!). Amy will have exhausted her eligibility by the time this 2019 class comes in (unless Billy blueshirts??), but Keeks will still be around to help out on back (& free).

The cavalry will def be potentially riding to our rescue in the following 2020 class with its riches of high-end sprint back & fly talents to hopefully shore up our medley relays (Isabelle Stadden, Regan Smith, Alex Walsh, Phoebe Bacon etc. - Olivia Bray having already verballed to the Horns) - if Teri's successful in recruiting these studs before they are prematurely snatched up by the competition! imo, an elite backstroker should be a massive recruiting priority, if Cal wants to remain known as "Backstroke U"...

Bears should be alright for 1 more cycle in the sprint breast dept (Ali & Ema), with Izzy & Emma in support if need be (Davidson has promising upside, though sprint free may be her greater strengths).

Similarly with fly, as Madds, Elise & Cassidy will shore up the relays there after Bug is gone *sob* But hopefully Bears can reel in a top-flight sprint flyer for 2020 (Regan, please don't be lured into being put out to pasture on the Farm!)
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Any news on Katharine Berkoff after her furd visit?
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solobear said:

Any news on Katharine Berkoff after her furd visit?

None so far, not sure if she's waiting to hear back from their admissions office, or if she ditched them and is waiting to hear back from one of the Ivies. We all know which decision is much more preferred.
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Katharine Berkoff --> NC State (as per Instagram). Congratulations to her for making her decision!

Any idea why she would choose to announce her commitment so late, both in terms of after the early signing period has ended and when virtually all other of SS/CS' top recruits started committing as early as last spring?
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HBear said:

Katharine Berkoff --> NC State (as per Instagram). Congratulations to her for making her decision!

Congrats to Katharine! Here are KB3's rankings for the class of 2019, per SS & CS:

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#3 Katharine Berkoff (#11 Nat, #1 MT at time of verbal) -> NCSU

http://instagr.am/p/BqygGWcH6Xa
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tedbear
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Wow! This one is kind of a shocker to me. I thought Harvard for sure!
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WALSHES, FOSTERS HIGHLIGHT 2018 WINTER JR CHAMPS EAST PSYCH SHEETS

There are far too many stellar juniors to name who are entered to race this weekend, but some big names on the boys' side include SwimAtlanta's Jake Magahey, Sarasota Y's Arik Katz, and Allegheny North's Jack Wright, while TAC Titans Charlotte Hook and Claire Curzan (both just 14), Cardinal Aquatics' Gabi Albiero, Dynamo's Tristen Ulett, and Laker's Isabel Ivey are more headliners on the girls' side. Notably, this is one of (if not the) last big meet for Ivey before she ships out to Berkeley, as she's joining up as a freshman at Cal mid-year in January

Baby Bears swimming at this meet include:
-Isabel Ivey: 200 IM (#2 seed), 50 Free (#8), 100 Fly (#77), 200 Free (#1), 100 Back (#3), 200 Back (#44), 100 Free (#4), 200 Fly (#3)
-Anna Kalandadze: 500 Free (#4 seed), 200 Free (#84), 1650/Mile (#6)
-Rachel Klinker: 500 Free (#7 seed), 50 Free (#72, seeded with a LC time), 400 IM (#31), 100 Fly (#21), 200 Free (#6), 1650/Mile (#9), 100 Free (#21), 200 Fly (#10)
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swimmer19 said:

SwimSwam said:

WALSHES, FOSTERS HIGHLIGHT 2018 WINTER JR CHAMPS EAST PSYCH SHEETS

Notably, this is one of (if not the) last big meet for Ivey before she ships out to Berkeley, as she's joining up as a freshman at Cal mid-year in January
  • SWIMINSIDER: "apparently Ivey will not be shaved or tapered this weekend as she prepares to leave for Cal."

Baby Bears swimming at this meet include:

-Isabel Ivey: 200 IM (#2 seed), 50 Free (#8), 100 Fly (#77), 200 Free (#1), 100 Back (#3), 200 Back (#44), 100 Free (#4), 200 Fly (#3)

-Anna Kalandadze: 500 Free (#4 seed), 200 Free (#84), 1650/Mile (#6)

-Rachel Klinker: 500 Free (#7 seed), 50 Free (#72, seeded with a LC time), 400 IM (#31), 100 Fly (#21), 200 Free (#6), 1650/Mile (#9), 100 Free (#21), 200 Fly (#10)


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REGAN SMITH SCHEDULED TO RACE AT WINTER JUNIORS WEST (PSYCH SHEETS)

2019 Baby Bears entered @ 2018 Winter Juniors West (note that Chloe & Izzy will be joining Bears next month):

- Ayla Spitz: 100 Free (#3 seed), 200 Free (#3), 200 IM (#5), 200 Back (#6), 100 Back (#8), 50 Free (#26)

- Sarah DiMeco: 1650 Free (#3 seed), 500 Free (#5), 400 IM (#6), 200 Fly (#9), 200 Free (#9)

- Chloe Clark: 200 IM (#3 seed), 100 Back (#5), 400 IM (#11), 200 Back (#17), 100 Free (#65)

- Ashlyn Fiorilli: 400 IM (#4 seed), 200 Fly (#8), 500 Free (#15), 200 Back (#15), 100 Fly (#38), 200 IM (#47), 100 Back (#53)

- Dani Carter: 200 Back (#4 seed), 100 Back (#9), 100 Fly (#19), 200 Fly (#24), 200 IM (#81)

- Emma Davidson: 50 Free (#30 seed), 100 Free (#45), 200 Free (#51), 100 Breast (#76), 200 Breast (#117)
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Winning times from last year:




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Nation's Top Junior Swimmers Slated for Speedo Winter Junior Championships

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Hundreds of the United States' top rising swimming stars, including 30-plus members of the USA Swimming National Junior Team, will be in action at this week's Speedo Winter Junior Championships, opening Wednesday in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Austin, Texas, respectively.

A live webcast from both sites will be available online at usaswimming.org throughout the short-course-yards competitions.

Fresh off hosting last week's USA Swimming Winter National Championships, the Greensboro Aquatic Center will welcome the Speedo Winter Junior Championships East this week. Following an opening session Wednesday at 6 p.m. EST, daily prelims and finals will be held at 9 a.m. EST and 5 p.m. EST Thursday through Saturday.


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  • Here's a quick lookback at the faces of our 2019 Baby Bears (exception: Gabby lol), as they braved the 10m (33 ft) platform @ Legends during their official visit on the weekend of 29 Sept 2018:


Back row -> #68 Anna Kalandadze, #61 Dani Carter, #202 Emma Davidson, #20 Ayla Spitz, #38 Ashlyn Fiorilli, #HM Sarah DiMeco

Front row -> #12 Chloe Clark,#1 Isabel Ivey, #HM Gabby Dang (UCLA commit!), #HM Rachel Klinker

Note: Top 20 & "Honourable Mentions" are courtesy of SwimSwam's ratings for the HS Class of 2019. Additional benchmarks are from College Swimming's National Rankings as of today, 4 Dec 2018.


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bearz012 said:

Jade and Faith visited 'SC in July 2017, and are both mostly looking at west coast schools (Cal, USC, ASU, LSJU) Doubt either are going to go to LSJU, but USC is defintely a contender. Jade's probably more likely to come to Cal than Faith, but don't forget that they can both just go to UofT and go pro at the same time.

Surprised to not see Faith Knelson there to add to USC's massive breaststroke group, but did see her at Zona earlier this week...
http://instagr.am/p/Bn4zWmJFOmo
At Georgia this weekend, possibly with #16 Grace Cooper & 2019 recruit Mady Bragg (#288 Nat, #7 GA), Bragg having previously visited LSU & Bama.


UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Faith (listed on CS as 2019) is checking out the other AZ school this weekend, along with several 2020 recruits:

Faith Knelson (#13 Nat, #1 BC - 2019) & Jadyn Jannasch (#147 Nat, #8 TX - 2020)

Faith Knelson is paying the Trojanettes a visit this weekend, along with Sophie Housey. Would personally reckon that Faith would end up @ SC, over UGA, UofA or ASU of the schools that she's known to have visited...


canswim13 said:

Looks like Faith Nelson (BC) off to University of Arizona, as per her Instagram bio:

https://www.instagram.com/faithknelson/

Cheers for the heads up!

Well a wee bit of a surprising development, as all along had reckoned at my end that Faith was bound for 'SC - but then again, I was also completely wrong lol when the other elite breaststroker in the class (er, not to overlook sprint breast stud Emily Weiss {IU} & versatile Coleen Gillilan {ND} of course!), #6 Zoie Hartman, had signed to the Dawgs instead of to the Trojanettes.

Reckon perhaps that Salo has already amassed enough of the breast talent for his group, having already won a verbal from #5 Kaitlyn Dobler for the class of 2020? :p

So, Faith Knelson (CS ranking as of verbal: #14 Nat, #1 BC) -> U of A

Will update with photo/writeup of Faith's commit once that has been officially posted...
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2018 WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS EAST: DAY 1 FINALS LIVE RECAP

2018 WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WEST: DAY 1 FINALS LIVE RECAP

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Here are some splits from our 2019 Baby Bears for the 2 relays raced this evening...hope I didn't miss anyone! :p

Note that the swimmers at these 2 meets are at varying degrees of rest & differing stages in their training cycles (i.e. Winter Juniors may not be the main SCY taper competition for most)...

  • --- 200 Medley Relay ---

= 50 Back = {leadoff}
24.29 - Izzy (30.14 prev PB, from Nov 2013 lol) -> New PB!
24.86 - Ayla (24.99 prev PB, from 2017 Winter Jrs) -> New PB!
25.64 - Dani (25.11 PB, from 2017 Winter Jrs)
~n/a~ - Chloe (25.22 PB, from May 2018) - didn't swim this relay

Also throwing in the lifetime bests achieved by our current Bears (+ Thleen Bean ) on leadoff back in this relay, for reference:

= 50 Back = {leadoff}
23.56 - Thleen (PB from 2018 NCAAs)
23.81 - Billy (PB from 2017 Pac-12s)
24.16 - Keeks (PB from 2018 UGA)
24.75 - Sophie (PB from 2018 Pac-12s)
24.91 - Aislinn (PB from 2018 Pac-12s)
25.41 - Alex S (PB from Feb 2017)
25.62 - Coco (PB from 2018 Pac-12s)

SwimSwam said:

WALSHES, FOSTERS HIGHLIGHT 2018 WINTER JR CHAMPS EAST PSYCH SHEETS
  • SWIMINSIDER: "apparently Ivey will not be shaved or tapered this weekend as she prepares to leave for Cal."

Hmmm, if Izzy's truly not rested much here (as claimed above), her 50 Back leadoff time from tonight is really quite encouraging, as that would provide Teri with extra options come this March, Keeks' promising PB in this relay @ the UGA Invite notwithstanding... At any rate, Ivey's other swims in the next couple of days should provide a wee bit more of a clue as to where Izzy is in her current training, prior to joining up with all her big sisters & Chloe quite shortly!


= 50 Fly = {split, from a flying start}
24.35 - Sarah (26.68 PB, from Feb 2016)
24.95 - Ashlyn (25.48 PB, from Dec 2017)


= 50 Free = {split, from a flying start}
22.62 - Emma (23.04 PB, from Nov 2018)


Note the Walsh siblings' times on this relay tonight - #2 Alex (2020) laid down a scintillating 23.88 PB on her back leadoff, and #1 Gretchen (2021) threw down a commanding 21.50 on her anchor for NAC!

Alex has already taken a recruiting trip to the Farm as well as to Charlottesville, so methinks her good friends Cass & Izzy need to redouble their valiant efforts to welcome Walsh major to the Bears family instead!

Walsh minor may actually be even more valued than her super versatile sister if that's even possible (top sprint star in the making and all that brill stuff). Luckily Izzy was surely working her charms on Gretchen @ 2018 Pan Pacs Juniors...or so I'd like to think lol.

  • --- 800 Free Relay ---

*=split from a flying start...otherwise=leadoff leg

= 200 Free =
1:46.31* - Ayla (1:45.44 PB, from May 2018)
1:47.16* - Sarah (1:46.98 PB, from Nov 2018)
1:49.78 - Chloe (1:50.10 prev PB, from Feb 2018) -> New PB!
1:50.87* - Dani (1:45.44 PB, from May 2018)
1:51.97 - Ashlyn (1:52.34 prev PB, from Dec 2017) -> New PB!


Not to be overlooked - #1 Regan Smith (2020)'s 1:44.30 leadoff PB, and #18 Lillie Nordmann (2020)'s 1:44.62 anchor.

Regan & Lillie visited the Farm back in Oct, with the former having also taken a trip to Louisville, the latter to TAMU, Georgia & UVA...and both are seen by some as heavy leans already to the Dark Side...er, I mean, the Furdettes


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* 2018 Winter Juniors - Day 2 PRELIMS *

Heading out, but meanwhile here are a few results for our 2019 Baby Bears.

Further time drops may be forthcoming in tonight's finals session, assuming their morning swims were solid enough to qualify for finals.

  • EDIT => Stats moved to Day 2 Finals post (combined with finals results)...

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  • UPDATE (SwimSwam's writeup) ->

2018 WINTER JUNIORS EAST: DOUGLASS GOES 21.8 ON DAY 2 PRELIMS


500 FREE
Rachel Klinker dropped almost a second and a half to go 4:45.39 for third.

200 IM
In tonight's final, keep tabs on Isabel Ivey (lifetime-best 1:55.77 from last year). Ivey is only a few months away from joining Cal early as one of the top high school senior prospects in the nation.

50 FREE
Isabel Ivey also doubled with the 200 IM, and went 22.68 to just sneak into the top 8, a few hundredths off her best.


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* 2018 Winter Juniors - Day 2 FINALS *

Here's a compilation of the times achieved by our 2019 Baby Bears @ this evening's finals.

Morning heats times in (parentheses), lifetime bests in {curly brackets}.

Have additionally listed the personal records of some of the current team who will still be around next season (Chenoa??), for comparison.

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  • --- 500 Free ---
4:44.91 (4:45.39) - Rachel {4:45.39 prev PB, from 2018 Winter Jrs @ Prelims} -> *New PB!
4:46.88 (4:44.97) - Sarah {4:44.26 PB, from 2017 Winter Jrs}
4:52.15 (4:52.90) - Ashlyn {4:49.92 PB, from 2016 Winter Jrs}
~n./a.~ (4:56.06) - Anna {4:46.25 PB, from March 2018}

4:39.90 - Robin {PB from 2018 UGA Invite}
4:40.62 - Chenoa {PB from 2018 Pac-12s}
4:48.82 - Cassidy {PB from 2018 UGA Invite}
4:49.33 - Abbey {PB from Jan 2012}
4:54.33 - Elizabeth {PB from 2018 UGA Invite}

  • --- 200 IM ---
1:56.13 (1:59.17) - Izzy {1:55.77 PB, from 2017 Winter Jrs}
1:59.27 (2:00.96) - Ayla {1:58.68 PB, from 2017 Winter Jrs}
2:01.55 (2:01.08) - Chloe {1:57.32 PB, from 2016 Winter Jrs}
~n./a.~ (2:03.47) - Dani {2:03.47 PB, from 2018 Winter Jrs @ Prelims}

1:54.50 - Sarah Darcel {PB from 2018 Pac-12s}
1:55.72 - Keeks {PB from 2018 Pac-12s}
1:55.77 - Alicia {PB from 2018 UGA Invite}
1:58.21 - Cassidy {PB from Feb 2015}
1:58.59 - Dannie {PB from 2017 UGA Invite}
1:58.95 - Ema {PB from 2018 UGA Invite}

  • --- 50 Free ---
22.27 (22.68) - Izzy {22.43 prev PB, from Nov 2016} -> *New PB!
23.08 (22.95) - Emma {22.95 PB, from 2018 Winter Jrs @ Prelims}
~n./a.~ (23.38) - Ayla {23.00 PB, from May 2018}

21.12 - Abbey {PB from March 2016}
21.76 - Maddie {PB from 2017 NCAAs}
22.64 - Elise {PB from May 2016}
22.75 - Keeks {PB from Dec 2012}
22.98 - Cassidy {PB from Dec 2014}
22.99 - Aislinn {PB from 2018 Pac-12s}
23.17 - Ema {PB from March 2017}


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2018 WINTER JUNIORS EAST: DAY 2 FINALS LIVE RECAP


2018 WINTER JUNIORS- WEST: DAY 2 FINALS LIVE RECAP


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* 2018 Winter Juniors - Day 2 FINALS *

Here's a compilation of the times achieved by our 2019 Baby Bears @ this evening's finals.

Just a wee addendum, courtesy of the now concluded 400 Medley Relay races:

^ = Flying/rolling start split

100 Back - 52.83 - Izzy {51.73 PB, from Nov 2018}
100 Back - 53.35 - Ayla {53.46 Prev PB, from 2017 Winter Jrs} -> New PB! (2nd fastest leadoff @ Jr Nats West - behind only Regan's Billy-worthy 50.58!)
100 Back - 55.61 - Dani {53.51 PB, from 2017 Winter Jrs}

100 Fly^ - 54.64 - Sarah {54.17 PB, from March 2018}
100 Fly^ - 54.71 - Ashlyn {54.71 PB, from March 2018}

100 Free^ - 50.66 - Emma {50.30 PB, from Nov 2018}

FYI, tonight's was the 4th fastest 100 Back in Izzy's career! Only 2 swimmers broke 53 sec leading off their relays amongst the entire field (East & West editions of this meet), I believe (Caitlin Brooks, 2019 UK commit, had put forth a 52.26 PB to put her team in the initial lead). Izz was quite a mite faster than even her friend Alex Walsh's 53.25...

Furthermore - hadn't realised until now that Izzy had busted out a significant personal record in the 100 Back just last Friday at the Florida GSC Holiday Classic meet!

That 51.73 PR of Isabel's from 30 Nov manages to just eclipse Keeks' 51.83 PB from 2018 Pac-12s, and in effect earns Ivey the distinction of being the fastest active Bear in this event starting next season, assuming that Keaton doesn't leapfrog her in turn lol (actually, perhaps even earlier, if Billy doesn't fully recover in time!)

If the rumour that Izzy isn't anywhere near a full taper at these Winter Juniors (cos of saving it for 2019 NCAAs) can be taken at face value, then Izzy already seeing a lifetime best in the 50 Free + 50 Back on top of coming within striking distance in the 200 IM has to be rather encouraging news to Bears!

Without the benefit of a full rest, a bright talent like Izzy would in some cases still be eminently capable of breaking personal records, particularly in the 50 sprints...but would face an increasing uphill battle against the clock the further up they go in terms of distance, trying to fend off the inevitable lactic acid buildup as fatigue ultimately sets in.

Chloe will also be coming to Cal in a month's time, and in contrast Clark looks to be swimming really tired here judging from her adding quite a bit of time, which would make sense...

The sobering counterpoint - Teri's going to face quite a massive challenge with regards to getting Isabel primed for Nattys in such a compressed period, juggling difficult decisions on how much rest would be optimal @ Pac-12s in order to comfortably earn an invite with an advantageous seeding.

Guess we should have more data points at our disposal when/if Isabel attempts her tough treble tomorrow (entered in the 100 Fly, 200 Free & 100 Back - yikes!)...

btw, hope bearz012 will share on the board their observant analysis & take on how some of the other swimmers are performing at this meet, in comparison to our 2019 Baby Bears (notably 2020 prospects, & 2019 commits who we have at one point identified a need for but who ended up signing with other programmes) :p

UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Note the Walsh siblings' times on this relay tonight - #2 Alex (2020) laid down a scintillating 23.88 PB on her back leadoff, and #1 Gretchen (2021) threw down a commanding 21.50 on her anchor for NAC!

Alex has already taken a recruiting trip to the Farm as well as to Charlottesville, so methinks her good friends Cass & Izzy need to redouble their valiant efforts to welcome Walsh major to the Bears family instead!

Walsh minor may actually be even more valued than her super versatile sister if that's even possible (top sprint star in the making and all that brill stuff). Luckily Izzy was surely working her charms on Gretchen @ 2018 Pan Pacs Juniors...or so I'd like to think lol.

Not to be overlooked - #1 Regan Smith (2020)'s 1:44.30 leadoff PB, and #18 Lillie Nordmann (2020)'s 1:44.62 anchor.

Regan & Lillie visited the Farm back in Oct, with the former having also taken a trip to Louisville, the latter to TAMU, Georgia & UVA...and both are seen by some as heavy leans already to the Dark Side...er, I mean, the Furdettes

Speaking of 2020 prospects (tedbear may vehemently disagree lol):
REGAN SMITH BREAKS NATIONAL AGE GROUP RECORD ON RELAY LEADOFF

And how about that wicked 46.78 anchor from Gretchen Walsh on the 400 MR tonight???!! A time that starts to approach Abbey-esque territory, from a HS sophomore to boot, crikey!!! Her 21.82 in the 50 Free wasn't half bad either lol

So, @ Izzy & Ema - please continue to work on recruiting Gretchen to the blue & gold, as you two had so diligently poured your energies & charismatic energies into during your 2018 Pan Pacs Juniors & Mel Zajac adventures...


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  • UPDATES =>
15-YEAR OLD GRETCHEN WALSH SPLITS 46.7 ON MEDLEY RELAY ANCHOR

Again, remembering that Walsh is only 15 and just a high school sophomore, only 3 women's college swimmers split faster at last year's NCAA Championships than her 46.78. 2 of those swimmers were Olympians in 2017 (Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil); and another is an integral part of recent American international rosters and is headed toward an Olympic spot in 2020 (Mallory Comerford).

2018 NCAA Women's Championships, Swimmers Who Split Sub-47

SWIMMER | TEAM | SPLIT

Simone Manuel | Stanford | 45.47
Mallory Comerford | Louisville | 45.75
Abbey Weitzeil | Cal | 46.37
Stanzi Moseley | Tennessee | 46.82
Katie McLaughlin | Cal | 46.88


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TOP 8 COMBINED FINISHERS: DAY 2 OF 2018 WINTER JUNIORS EAST/WEST

200 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY
[ol]
  • Alex Walsh, Nashville Aquatic Club 1:53.69
  • Zoie Hartman, Crow Canyon Country Club 1:54.62
  • Kate Douglass, Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club 1:56.09
  • Isabel Ivey, Laker Swim 1:56.13
  • Katharine Berkoff, Missoula Aquatic Club 1:57.04
  • Charlotte Hook, TAC Titans 1:57.22
  • Coleen Gillilan, Fort Collins Area 1:57.44
  • Kathryn Ackerman, Michigan Lakeshore 1:57.66
  • [/ol]



    50 FREESTYLE
    [ol]
  • Gretchen Walsh, Nashville Aquatic Club 21.82
  • Kate Douglass, Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club 21.95
  • Claire Curzan, TAC Titans 22.06
  • Ashley Turak, dROP Aquatics 22.25
  • Isabel Ivey, Laker Swim 22.27
  • Alex Walsh, Nashville Aquatic Club 22.43
  • Cora Dupre, Mason Manta Rays 22.46
  • Alexandra Crisera, Beach Cities Swimming 22.48
  • [/ol]



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    * 2018 Winter Juniors - Day 3 PRELIMS *

    Pardon for not posting anything for the morning heats as am engaged elsewhere, but will try to make up for it somewhat after the conclusion of finals tonight (not a firm promise tho :p)

    Will briefly mention that Izzy continues to impress, with her new PB of 52.24 for the top seed in the 100 Fly (prev best was a 52.61 from 2016 Winter Jr Nats), well done!

    Also laid down the 2nd fastest prelims time in the 200 Free... and apparently going for a challenging treble in the 100 Back later on in the session... !
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    Quickie post as promised!

    East & West sessions are still in progress...will try to update/correct typos when I get back home later tonight...

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    * 2018 Winter Juniors - Day 3 FINALS *

    Morning heats times in (parentheses), lifetime bests in {curly brackets}.

    • --- 400 IM ---
    4:15.33 (4:15.44) - Sarah {4:15.44 PB, from 2018 Winter Jrs @ Prelims} => 5th, A final -> New PB!
    4:15.63 (4:15.78) - Ashlyn {4:15.41 PB, from Feb 2016} => 7th, A final
    4:16.55 (4:20.86) - Rachel {4:19.97 PB, from Nov 2018} => 2nd, C final -> New PB!
    ~n./a.~ (4:25.81) - Chloe {4:13.94 PB, from 2016 Winter Jrs}






    • --- 100 Fly ---
    52.11 (52.24) - Izzy {52.24 prev PB, from 2018 Winter Jrs @ Prelims} => 4th, A final -> New PB!
    ~n./a.~ (55.13) - Rachel {54.18 PB, from 2017 Winter Jrs}
    ~n./a.~ (55.16) - Dani {53.95 PB, from March 2018}
    ~n./a.~ (55.73) - Ashlyn {54.71, from March 2018}

    (Izzie showing some fab underwaters here!)


    • --- 200 Free ---
    1:45.87 (1:46.95) - Ayla {1:45.44 PB, from May 2018} => 2nd, A final (behind Regan's 1:43.27)
    1:47.98 (1:46.68) - Izzy {1:43.64 PB, from 2016 Winter Jrs} => 7th, A final
    ~n./a.~ (1:50.15) - Sarah {1:46.98 PB, from Nov 2018}
    ~n./a.~ (1:50.46) - Emma {1:49.45 PB, from Nov 2018}
    ~n./a.~ (1:51.59) - Rachel {1:46.05 prev PB, from Feb 2018}
    ~n./a.~ (1:52.59) - Anna {1:50.42 PB, from March 2018}




    • --- 100 Breast ---
    ~n./a.~ (1:04.19) - Emma {1:03.63 PB, from March 2018}


    • --- 100 Back ---
    52.19 (52.25) - Izzy {51.73 PB, from Nov 2018} => 3rd, A final (Alex Walsh won in 50.88, Gretchen 2nd in 51.75)
    53.37 (54.12) - Ayla {53.46 PB, from 2017 Winter Jrs} => Won B final -> New PB!
    54.20 (54.77) - Chloe {53.21 PB, from May 2018} => Won C final
    54.60 (54.86) - Dani {53.51 PB, from 2017 Winter Jrs} => 2nd, C final








    • --- 200 Free Relay ---
      ^ = Flying/rolling start split

    22.44^ - Ayla
    22.95^ - Chloe
    23.03^ - Izzy
    23.20^ - Sarah
    23.68^ - Dani
    No recorded split - Emma


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    • UPDATES ==>

    2018 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIORS EAST: DAY 3 FINALS LIVE RECAP


    2018 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIORS- WEST: DAY 3 LIVE RECAP


    TOP 8 COMBINED FINISHERS: DAY 3 OF 2018 WINTER JUNIORS EAST/WEST


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    (apologies on this not being a UAC-like summary :/)

    Finals Day 3:

    1650 Free- Sarah DiMeco drops 10.04 secs from her seed time of 16:19.78 to place 3rd in a time of 16:09.74 at the West meet in Austin. Over in Greensboro, at the East meet, Anna Kalandadze and Rachel Klinker go 16:36.05 and 16:39.01 for 8th and 10th, respectively.

    200 Back- Ayla Spitz and Danielle Carter take 2nd and 4th in the B final (10th and 12th overall) with times of 1:56.31 and 1:57.34 at the West meet.

    100 Free- Isabel Ivey drops 0.65 secs from this morning to take 2nd in a speedy 48.32 in Greensboro. In Austin, Ayla Spitz, swimming in her 2nd B final of the day, drops 1.08 secs and wins her heat by almost a second in a time of 48.97. Chloe Clark takes advantage of being scratched in to the C final tonight by swimming to a 2nd place finish in her heat with a time of 49.74, a 0.71 drop from this morning.

    200 Breast- None of our Bears swam this in prelims or finals, but do have to note that 2020 recruit Alex Walsh swam a 2:06.02 at the East meet to win it all, en route to a Juniors meet record.

    200 Fly- After swimming the mile, Rachel Klinker swims to an 8th place finish in this event with a time of 1:59.85 at the East meet. Out West, Ashlyn Fiorilli wins the B final (9th overall) with a time of 1:58.79 and a 0.98 second drop.

    400 Free Relay- Last event! Isabel Ivey swam the 2nd leg on her team's 10th place relay, splitting a 49.30 at the East meet. Note: this event was swam in the prelims at the East meet due to an incoming storm. Don't think the West meet concluded yet, but will update once the data is retrieved.


    Kaitlynn Sims (Mich commit) and Ayla Spitz
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    Hooray, cheers for saving the day, swimmer19 !

    Got back 10 minutes ago and was busily catching up & writing up some of the results - luckily that's been more than brilliantly taken care of here...but may as well deluge you all with the notes that I had already penned, for better or for worse haha

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    * 2018 Winter Juniors - Day 4 FINALS *

    Morning heats times in (parentheses), lifetime bests in {curly brackets}.

    • --- 1650 Free ---
    16:09.74 - Sarah {16:19.78 PB, from Mar 2018} => 3rd @ timed final -> New PB by 10 sec! ~@~
    16:36.05 - Anna {16:24.31 PB, from 2017 Winter Jrs} => 8th @ timed final
    16:39.01 - Rachel{16:33.92 PB, from Nov 2017} => 10th @ timed final

    ~@~ Would have earned an invite @ 2018 NCAAs, about 6 to 7 sec from scoring. Sarah would also have made #4 on Cal's all-time top 10 list if swum as a Bear, just behind Chenoa's 16:04.34 PB from 2017 NCAAs where Devine had placed 19th.

    WEST


    EAST



    • --- 200 Back ---
    1:56.31 (1:58.25) - Ayla {1:56.62 PB, from Nov 2018} => 2nd, B final -> New PB! ~@~
    1:57.34 (1:58.14) - Dani {1:55.40 PB, from March 2018} => 4th, B final
    ~n./a.~ (2:04.66) - Ashlyn {1:58.08 PB, from March 2018}

    ~@~ Really impressed by Ayla's finishing speed - had a swifter last 25 yards here than everyone @ all 3 final heats other than Isabelle Stadden!

    WEST



    • --- 100 Free ---
    48.32 (48.97) - Izzy {47.88 PB, from 2016 Winter Jrs} => 2nd, A final (Gretchen won with a 47.79 PB, Kate Douglass 3rd in 48.81)
    48.97 (50.05) - Ayla {48.88 PB, from May 2018} => Won the B final! ~@~
    49.74 (50.45) - Chloe {49.27 PB, from 2016 Winter Jrs} => 2nd, C final (faster than Ella Ristic, B final runner-up)
    ~n./a.~ (50.57) - Emma {50.30 PB, from Nov 2018}

    ~@~ Ayla on the back end of a tough double - faster than Katharine Berkoff, the A final winner Again, a really strong back half, outsplitting the entire field at the end with her 25.23, with KB3's 25.58 being the next quickest.

    EAST


    WEST





    • --- 200 Breast ---
    ~n./a.~


    • --- 200 Fly ---
    1:58.79 (1:59.77) - Ashlyn {1:57.23 PB, from Feb 2017} => Won the B final!
    1:59.85 (1:57.36) - Rachel {1:57.36 PB, from 2018 Winter Jrs @ Prelims} => 8th, A final (reckon must have been massively knackered after that mile earlier lol)
    ~n./a.~ (2:00.55) - Sarah {1:57.84 PB, from Mar 2017}
    ~n./a.~ (2:03.12) - Dani {2:00.79 PB, from Apr 2018}

    WEST


    EAST



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    2018 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals East: Day Four Finals Live Recap


    2018 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIORS- WEST: DAY 4 LIVE RECAP


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    • UPDATE =>

    • --- 400 Free Relay ---
    ^ = Flying/rolling start split

    48.53^ - Ayla (helped Nova to their runner-up finish with the fastest leg of her squad, by far!)
    49.30^ - Izzy
    50.33 - Emma
    50.40^ - Chloe
    50.56^ - Sarah
    51.04^ - Dani
    53.94^ - Ashlyn


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    Could someone post a list of the full names of the swimmers being reported on?
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    bearchamp said:

    Could someone post a list of the full names of the swimmers being reported on?

    Full names + bios of the 2019 Baby Bears can be found here:

    Cal Adds Nine To Women's Swimming Roster


    Or, in a nutshell...

    #61 Dani Carter


    #12 Chloe Clark


    #202 Emma Davidson


    #HM Sarah DiMeco


    #38 Ashlyn Fiorilli


    #1 Isabel Ivey


    #68 Anna Kalandadze


    #HM Rachel Klinker


    #20 Ayla Spitz


    Notes:
    a) Top 20 & "Honourable Mentions" are courtesy of SwimSwam's ratings for the HS Class of 2019.
    b) Additional benchmarks are from College Swimming's National Rankings, as of 4 Dec 2018 (i.e. prior to the preceding 2018 WInter Jr Nationals results).
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    UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

    So, Faith Knelson (CS ranking as of verbal: #14 Nat, #1 BC) -> U of A

    Will update with photo/writeup of Faith's commit once that has been officially posted...

    http://instagr.am/p/BrTu_iHnLb5
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    Saw this posted on Cal swimming's twitter acct our first diver for 2019. Story on calbears.

    https://calbears.com/news/2018/12/13/womens-swimming-diving-diver-cassie-graham-signs-with-bears.aspx

    Welcome Cassie


     
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