2019 Women's Swimming Recruiting

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May get another chance to break more records should Chloe elect to compete @ States this weekend

Psych sheet for CIF State Championships now out => http://static.psbin.com/x/a/z09j689s1gbmey/2018_cif_state_championship_qualifiers.pdf

At a quick glance, Chloe is seeded Top 2 in the 200 IM & 100 Back:

  • Event 7 - Girls 200 Yard IM
  • 1 | Hartman, Zoie | JR | Monte Vista | 1:57.37 | A
  • 2 | Clark, Chloe | SO | Granite Bay High School-D1 | 1:58.29 | A
  • Event 19 - Girls 100 Yard Backstroke
  • 1 | Clark, Chloe | SO | Granite Bay High School-D1 | 53.21 | A
  • 2 | Cosgrove, Zoe | SO | Davis High School-D1 | 54.35 | A
  • 3 | Carter, Danielle | JR | Los Altos | 54.46 | A


Uncommitted 2019 recruits #46 Dani Carter (PASA), #49 Averee Preble (Clovis), #66 Daniella Hawkins (Pl. Seahawks) & #115 Emily Trieu (Brea) will be competing.

However, no #17 Alex C (SoCal) or #30 Ayla Spitz (Nova) @ Clovis this weekend.

Neither will 2018 Baby Bear Elise Garcia be making an appearance @ States.


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  • UPDATE #1->

SANCOV, HARTMAN, DELGADO HEADLINE CALIFORNIA STATE MEET PSYCH SHEET


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  • UPDATE #2->

COMBINED CIF RESULTS SHOW SOUTHERN SECTION DOMINANT FOR GIRLS


Many California high school swimmers will tell you that their section meet is more important than their state meet. So much so that many skip the state meet altogether. There are various reasons for this, with many cases simply being that swimmers' club coaches just want to get the long course season underway. This kind of robs us of seeing a head-to-head, best-on-best showdown of the best swimmers in the state.

Despite this, there's no need to worry, as John Neff has provided us with combined results from all of the CIF section meets. This, theoretically, gives us a glimpse of what a state championship meet might look like with everyone in attendance.

In terms of which section was the fastest in terms of #1 time and not necessarily depth, the Southern Section girls led the way with seven top times out of eleven events. This included a 1-2-3-4 in the 200 free, a tie for 1st in the 50 free, and a pair of 1-2s in the 100 fly and 100 back.

Below, check out full top-16 results, combined from all CIF section meets.

*Note: times do not include relay lead-offs or prelim swims. Only finals.


WOMEN'S 100 BACK

Rank | Name | Section | Time
1 | Tea Laughlin | SS | 52.77
2 | Chloe Clark | SJS | 53.21 (2019 Baby Bear)
2 | Emily Trieu | SS | 53.21
4 | Alexandra Crisera | SS | 53.71


WOMEN'S 200 IM

Rank | Name | Section | Time
1 | Zoie Hartman | NCS | 1:57.37
2 | Chloe Clark | SJS | 1:58.29 (2019 Baby Bear)
3 | Vivian Wang | CCS | 1:59.48


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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


2018 Pro Swim @ the IUPUI Natatorium in Indy next week, 16-19 May.

Also the following Baby Bears on the women's side...some of them entered in a brutally massive number of events, yikes...will prob drop a few lol, unless they are planning to train extra tough thru the meet haha:

2018 Cassidy Bayer - 100 Fly, 200 Free, 200 Fly, 200 IM
2018 Alex Sumner - 100 Fly, 400 IM, 200 Back, 200 Free, 200 Fly, 100 Back, 200 IM
2019 Rachel Klinker - 100 Fly, 400 Free, 100 Free, 50 Free, 200 Free, 200 Fly, 200 IM, 800 Free

2018 INDIANAPOLIS PRO SWIM SERIES: DAY 2 FINALS LIVE RECAP


100 Fly
#10 {#2 in B final}: Rachel -> 1:00.55 => new best! (PB before today = 1:01.02 @ 2018 Irish Open, 8 Apr)
#14 {#6 in B final}: Cass -> 1:01.19 (PB = 58.11 @ 2016 Oly Trials, 26 June)
#35 {Prelims}: Alex -> 1:02.93 (PB = 1:01.76 @ 2017 NCSA Champs, 4 Aug)




400 Free
#52 {Prelims}: Rachel -> 4:26.74 (PB = 4:17.24 @ 2017 Jr Nats, 10 Aug)


100 Free
#37 {Prelims}: Rachel -> 57.79 => new best! (old PB = 57.80 @ 2017 SE Rich Quick Inv., 25 June)

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2018 INDIANAPOLIS PRO SWIM SERIES: DAY 3 FINALS LIVE RECAP


50m Free
#27 {#3 in D final}: Rachel -> 26.60 => matches new best from morning heats! (PB before today = 27.31 @ 2018 Irish Open, 7 Apr)




200m Free
#61 {Prelims} : Rachel -> 2:06.46 (PB = 2:03.44 @ 2017 Speedo LC Sectionals, 14 July)


Everyone's basically @ different stages of their LCM training cycles, so wouldn't expect a bunch of spectacular time drops at this in-season meet...

...though I'm rather impressed by Rachel busting out PBs in her 100m Fly & 100m Free last night, and now in her 50m Free, all whilst tackling a pretty heavy schedule of events here in Indy! Go Baby Bear!

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Luca Urlando, Chloe Clark Double Section Record Setters at CIF SAC-Joaquin Meet

Granite Bay's Chloe Clark broke two minutes to win the 200 IM in 1:58.29, lowering her own Section record set last year. She also won the 100 back with a 53.21, .02 faster than her own Section record.

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Not mentioned in the above writeup was Chloe's new lifetime best of 25.22 in the 50 Back, leading off
Granite Bay's 200 Medley Relay to claim the team runner-up in finals. Prev PB = 25.43 from the 2016 edition of Sections.

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2018 CIF Swimming & Diving Championships (CA State Champs) is currently underway...

- RESULTS => http://www.results.teamunify.com/clov/2018/CIFSTATEMEET/


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  • 50y Back (B final - 200y Medley Relay, leadoff leg)

Chloe -> 25.46 (PB = 25.22 @ 2018 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, 10 May)

2nd fastest back leg in the field (top time in the B final), surpassed only by incoming sapling Amalie Fackenthal's 25.34 in the A final.


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  • 200y IM (A final)

#3 - Chloe -> 2:00.12 (PB = 1:57.32 @ 2016 Winter Junior Champs, 8 Dec)

2019 Dawg commit Zoie Hartman obliterated her PB by almost 2 sec in winning this race with a blistering 1:55.95!


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  • 100y Back (A final)

#1 - Chloe -> 53.67 (PB = 53.21 @ 2018 CIF Sac-Joaquin Section, 10 May)

2018 State Champ...only swimmer to dip below the 54 sec mark...well done, Chloe!



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FYI Chloe had also led off Granite Bay's 400 Free Relay during yesterday's prelims session in a 50.73 (PB = 49.27 from 2016 Winter Jr Champs), fastest time amongst her squad by far. Her team finished @ #17 thus just missing this afternoon's finals.

Judging from results (albeit just pure speculation on my part lol), CIF Sections rather than the recently established States was the primary taper meet of the short course season for Chloe & her school, which actually appears to be the norm rather than the exception for California...


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2018 INDIANAPOLIS PRO SWIM SERIES: DAY 4 FINALS LIVE RECAP


200m Fly

#9 : Rachel -> 2:13.03 <2:16.23 @ Prelims> (PB = 2:12.90 @ 2018 Irish Open, 6 Apr)

Rachel was just 0.13 sec off her lifetime best in winning the B final this evening!


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http://instagr.am/p/BciWiVIFFXX (left)
Ashley McCauley (#25 Nat, #1 NC) - Marlins of Raleigh
- sub 2:10 breaststroker, 1:01 100 breaststroker, solid 400 IM
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Think we're all waiting (with bated breath lol) for key decisions from Katharine Berkoff (biggest potential impact!) & Zoie Hartman...

Plus several other high-profile prospects such as Alex Crisera, Sarah Dimeco, Ayla Spitz, Ashlyn Fiorilli, Lindsay Looney, Ashley McCauley etc (may have missed a few).

  • Ashley McCauley -> Dawgs


Ashley: "Thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at the University of Georgia! Thank you to everyone who helped me along the way. Go Dawgs"



CS ranking as of verbal: #24 Nat, #1 NC

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New commit! Welcome to Cal, Emma!

http://instagr.am/p/Bi-u0polCRd

CS as of commit: (#32 CA, #252 Nat)

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Looks to be BFFs with 2018 Baby Bear Elise, so saw that connection there.
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swimmer19 said:

New commit! Welcome to Cal, Emma!

Congrats Emma, welcome to Bear Territory!

Looks like Emma is primarily a sprinter specialising in the 50 &100 Free (pretty tall @ 6' 1"), with a bit of breast potential perhaps?

At a glance, Emma had placed 10th with a 23.44 in the 50 Free @ 2018 CIF Champs prelims yesterday (that time would have won the B final today!), but chose not to race finals. Had also achieved a 51.44 in the 100 Free prelims, placing 17th.

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Results from CIF Sectionals last week:


Yorba Linda's Emma Davidson qualified first in the 50 free and second in the 100 free at the CIF-SS Division 3 swimming prelims in Riverside on Wednesday. Photo by Dan Albano, Orange County Register

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Emma Davidson, Thomas Finello Sprint Double Winners at CIF SS D3 Meet

Emma Davidson, a Yorba Linda junior, topped the 50 freestyle in 23.30 and made it a sprint double with her 50.90 100 freestyle.

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CIF-SS COMBINED RESULTS: 7 D2/D3 EVENTS PROVE FASTER THAN DIVISION 1

For the girls, the top D3 placing was Emma Davidson of Yorba Linda, 3rd in the 50 free in 23.30.

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With CIF Champs wrapping up, I'd like to take note of some in-staters that are improving at rapid rates.



1) Brooke Schaffer (#77 Nat, #14 CA) - PASA, Saint Francis High School
Events: 100 fly, 50/100/200 free
- Dropped from a 54 last year to a 53.3 this year
- Was a 1:54 in the 200 free last year, 1:48 this year
- 23.0 to a 22.8 in the 50 free

At the CIF Champs this year, Brooke tied with 2020 standout Anicka Delgado in the 50 free with a time of 22.88, behind LSJU commit Amalie Fackenthal. She also posted a 53.97 in the 100 fly to place 4th. She anchored their 200 and 400 free relays with splits of 22.8 and 49.44, respectively.



2) Danielle Carter (#46 Nat, #6 CA) - PASA, Los Altos High School
Events: 100/200 back, 100 fly
- Dropped from a 56 to a 53.51 in the 100 backstroke this year at Junior Nats
- Dropped from a 2:01 to a 1:55 in the 200 back
- Dropped from a 55 to a 53.9 in the 100 fly

In the 100 fly at CIF's this year, she placed 5th with a 54.18, and followed that up with a 3rd place finish in the 100 back (54.14).



3) Emily Trieu (#51 Nat, #8 CA) - Brea Aquatics, Los Osos High School
Events: 200 IM, 50 free, 100 back
- 54.8 --> 53.3 in the 100 back over the course of a year
- Dropped 3 seconds to a 2:00 in the 200 IM
- Dropped from a 23.2 to a 22.8 in the 50 free

Trieu didn't participate in the CIF Finals, but at the CIF Division 2 Championships, she posted times of 2:00.26 and 53.21 to place 1st in both the 200 IM and 100 back.
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Anna: "I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for University of California-Berkeley! I can't wait to be a part of such an amazing team! Thank you to my mom for everything she does, my coach for allowing me to reach my goals, and my amazing friends and family for all their support, I wouldn't be here without them! GO BEARS!!"

DISTANCE FREE SPECIALIST ANNA KALANDADZE ADDS ANOTHER VERBAL FOR CAL BEARS



CS ranking as of verbal: #37 Nat, #1 PA
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bearz012 said:

quick post bc im on the go, but Anna Kalandaze (#37 Nat) --> Cal

Cheers for the heads up, bearz012, and welcome to Cal, Anna!

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Anna Kalandadze : "I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to University of California - Berkeley!! I know that Cal is the perfect school for me to succeed both in and out of the pool! I can't wait to be a part of this amazing family! Go Bears!!"



CS ranking as of verbal: #37 Nat, #1 PA {UPDATE -> fixed proper link, sorry }


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I'm on the go too...but at a quick glance, appears that Anna's strengths are in distance free, including Open Water. Also a bright student (Honours & AP classes)!

https://www.ncsasports.org/womens-swimming-recruiting/pennsylvania/ardmore/lower-merion-high-school1/anna-kalandadze


Lower Merion swimmer Anna Kalandadze is Main Line Girls Athlete of the Week




Here's a rough comparison of current best times for those of our 2019 Baby Bears with some distance chops:

500 Free
4:44.26 Sarah DiMeco
4:46.25 Anna Kalandadze
4:46.73 Rachel Klinker
4:49.92 Ashlyn Fiorilli

1000 Free
9:46.42 Ashlyn Fiorilli
9:46.65 Sarah DiMeco
9:53.60 Anna Kalandadze
9:51.23 Rachel Klinker

1650 Free
16:19.78 Sarah DiMeco
16:23.48 Ashlyn Fiorilli
16:24.31 Anna Kalandadze
16:33.92 Rachel Klinker

So Cal = Backstroke U, then Butterfly U, and now...Distance U??!

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Cheers on such a class so far! Isabel, Chloe, Sarah, Rachel, Ashlyn, and Anna -- am I missing anybody else? Can't wait to see these ladies and the team grow whilst at Cal.
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HBear said:

Cheers on such a class so far! Isabel, Chloe, Sarah, Rachel, Ashlyn, and Anna -- am I missing anybody else? Can't wait to see these ladies and the team grow whilst at Cal.
Er, you did miss Elise's bff, Emma...but don't worry, you can well be forgiven since her commit came in just this Sat. evening, not even posted to CollegeSwimming until an hour ago...


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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

bearz012 said:

quick post bc im on the go, but Anna Kalandaze (#37 Nat) --> Cal

Cheers for the heads up, bearz012, and welcome to Cal, Anna!

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Anna Kalandadze : "I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to University of California - Berkeley!! I know that Cal is the perfect school for me to succeed both in and out of the pool! I can't wait to be a part of this amazing family! Go Bears!!"



CS ranking as of verbal: #37 Nat, #1 PA

Official writeup on Anna's verbal...most importantly, key photo of Anna in Cal colours!

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Three Time PIAA 500 Free Champ Anna Kalandadze Verbally Commits to Cal



Photo Courtesy: Jeremy Byrne


NEW COMMIT: Distance swimmer Anna Kalandadze has announced her verbal commitment to swim for the University of California-Berkeley beginning in the fall of 2019.

Kalandadze will head west from Ardmore, PA, where she is a junior at Lower Merion High School. She swims for Radnor Aquatic Club, and is coached by Jeremy Byrne on both the club and high school teams.

A three time All-American, Kalandadze is the three time PIAA AAA state champion in the 500 freestyle and a six time state medal winner. She is also the three time defending District 1 Champion in the 500 freestyle and holds the District Record in the event. She's also an eight time record holder for Lower Merion High School.

On the club level Kalandadze is a two time participant in USA Swimming's Open Water Nationals 10K and has qualified for Winter and Summer Juniors, Winter Senior Nats, and US Open.

Some of her best times are:
  • 1650 Free 16:24.31
  • 1000 Free 9:53.60
  • 500 Free 4:46.25
  • 200 Free 1:50.42
  • 10K Open Water: 2:05.02.80

She wrote,
Quote:

"I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for University of California-Berkeley! I can't wait to be a part of such an amazing team! Thank you to my mom for everything she does, my coach for allowing me to reach my goals, and my amazing friends and family for all their support, I wouldn't be here without them! GO BEARS!!"


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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

bearz012 said:

quick post bc im on the go, but Anna Kalandaze (#37 Nat) --> Cal

So Cal = Backstroke U, then Butterfly U, and now...Distance U??!
Can anyone comment on recruiting strategy? It does seem like a lot of distance swimmers in this class . . .
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swimmer19 said:

New commit! Welcome to Cal, Emma!

CS as of commit: (#32 CA, #252 Nat)

Looks to be BFFs with 2018 Baby Bear Elise, so saw that connection there.

Congrats Emma, welcome to Bear Territory!

Looks like Emma is primarily a sprinter specialising in the 50 &100 Free (pretty tall @ 6' 1"), with a bit of breast potential perhaps?

2-SPORT ATHLETE EMMA DAVIDSON ANNOUNCES VERBAL COMMITMENT TO CAL


Emma Davidson, a junior at Yorba Linda High School in Southern California, has announced she plans to swim for the Cal Bears beginning in 2019-20. Current photo via Emma Davidson


USA Swimming Scholastic All-American Emma Davidson, a junior at Yorba Linda High School in Southern California, has announced she plans to swim for the University of California, Berkeley beginning in 2019-20. That puts her in a class of 2023 that will also include verbal commits Ashlyn Fiorilli, Chloe Clark, Isabel Ivey, Rachel Klinker, and Sarah DiMeco.


"I could not be more excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at the University of California Berkeley class of 2023!! A huge thank you to my family, coaches, and friends for their endless support. GO BEARS!


Davidson moved to Orange County from Seattle in 2013. She played club volleyball and swam until January of 2017, when she "dropped high school and club volleyball from [her] schedule and began training full-time with SoCal Aquatics." Prior to that she "had only been swimming part time on a small team until [she] dropped volleyball."


Davidson concentrates mainly on sprint freestyle and is an NISCA All-American in both the 50 and 100 free. She won the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 titles in both events as a sophomore and again this year as a junior. In club swimming she qualified for Summer Juniors in the 100m breast "after only training full-time for 7 months with Coach Steve Pickell."


Davidson has improved markedly over the last two years. Her top SCY times include:

EVENT | SPRING 2016 | SPRING 2017 | SPRING 2018
50 free | 24.09 | 23.35 | 23.27
100 free | 53.76 | 50.56 | 50.90
100 breast | 1:11.41 | 1:05.79 | 1:03.63
200 breast | 2:38.40 | 2:28.09 | 2:21.04
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Three Time PIAA 500 Free Champ Anna Kalandadze Verbally Commits to Cal


Photo Courtesy: Jeremy Byrne


DISTANCE FREE SPECIALIST ANNA KALANDADZE ADDS ANOTHER VERBAL FOR CAL BEARS


Ardmore, Pennsylvania's Anna Kalandadze had made a verbal commitment to the University of California, Berkeley for the 2019-20 school year and beyond.

Ashlyn Fiorilli, Chloe Clark, Emma Davidson, Isabel Ivey, Rachel Klinker, and Sarah DiMeco have also verbally committed to the Bears' class of 2023.

Kalandadze swims for coach Jeremy Byrne at both Radnor Aquatic Club and Lower Merion High School. Her specialty events are 500 and longer, including open water, but she is a versatile swimmer who can be called on to swim just about anything.

Kalandadze holds Lower Merion High School records in 5 individual events (50/100/200/500 free and 100 fly) and all three relays. This winter she won the PIAA 3A state championship in the 500 free for the third consecutive time, breaking her school record with 4:46.25. In addition to the gold medals she has won in the 500 in three seasons of high school swimming, Kalandadze also medaled three times in the 200 free. (She placed fourth as a junior with 1:50.42.)

In club swimming, Kalandadze had an excellent meet at Christianburg Sectionals. She improved her personal bests in the 50 free, 1000 free, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM, and 400 IM and was an A finalist in the 200/500/1000/1650 free, 200 breast, and 200/400 IM. Kalandadze has twice participated in USA Swimming Open Water Nationals; her 10k time is 2:05.02.80.

Top SCY times:
  • 1650 free 16:24.31
  • 1000 free 9:53.60
  • 500 free 4:46.25
  • 200 free 1:50.42
  • 200 breast 2:20.57
  • 100 breast 1:06.48
  • 200 fly 2:04.89
  • 100 fly 57.77
  • 200 IM 2:08.53
  • 400 IM 4:27.55
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swimmer19 said:

Some other 2019 recruits UVA has developed a potential interest across (which is quite a few): Caroline Kulp/Whittney Hamilton (VA Gators)

Whittney Hamilton: "Super excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim at the University of Tennessee. Thank you to the many people who helped me get here. #govols"



CS ranking as of verbal: #114 Nat, #8 VA

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

A number of 2018 Baby Bears (Ema, Cass, Alex) selected to rep Team USA @ these international meets in the early summer.

Along with several 2019 - 2021 prospects (KB3, Gretchen Walsh, Isabelle Stadden, Phoebe Bacon, Grace Cooper) that we have discussed extensively over on the 2019 recruiting thread...

Congrats to all, and Go Bears!

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USA SWIMMING ANNOUNCES JUNIOR TEAMS FOR MEL ZAJAC MEET, MARE NOSTRUM

USA Swimming has announced rosters of its top 18-and-under talents to compete at the Mel Zajac International Meet and the Mare Nostrum tour in June.

The Mel Zajac roster is for high school athletes who have never previously represented the United States, while the Mare Nostrum group is pulled from last year's 18-and-under International Team.

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MEL ZAJAC INTERNATIONAL SWIM MEET

The Mel Zajac meet will take place in Canada (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) from June 1-3.

The American roster is specifically made of first-time Team USA members who are currently in high school:

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Caeleb Dressel Among Highlights of 2018 Mel Zajac Jr. International



2018 Mel Zajac Jr. International swim meet being held in Vancouver, Canada from June 1-3. Prelims of the meet are set to begin at 9 a.m. local time, while finals will start at 5:30 p.m. local time.



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Was idly thinking how brilliant it would be if Phoebe Bacon's imaginary conversation with Baby Bear Ema Rajic (the 2 Nat Jr teamers in the foreground of the photo immediately below) went somewhere along these lines...

- "Really Ema, 2 more years of HS swimming before I can finally join you as a Bear, what's with that?! ~smh~ Just doesn't seem fair that KB3 gets to wear the blue & gold a year before me... Poor Gretchen tho, she has another 3 years to go until she can come to Berkeley so I shouldn't really complain I s'pose" :p

http://instagr.am/p/BjbHP42hdtt

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To KB3 and all the bright 2019-2020 uncommitted recruits seriously considering Cal (although you probably are already well aware of this lol):




Berkeley stands tall in World Reputation Rankings

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

A number of 2018 Baby Bears (Ema, Cass, Alex) selected to rep Team USA @ these international meets in the early summer.

Along with several 2019 - 2021 prospects (KB3, Gretchen Walsh, Isabelle Stadden, Phoebe Bacon, Grace Cooper) that we have discussed extensively over on the 2019 recruiting thread...

Congrats to all, and Go Bears!

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USA SWIMMING ANNOUNCES JUNIOR TEAMS FOR MEL ZAJAC MEET, MARE NOSTRUM

USA Swimming has announced rosters of its top 18-and-under talents to compete at the Mel Zajac International Meet and the Mare Nostrum tour in June.

The Mel Zajac roster is for high school athletes who have never previously represented the United States, while the Mare Nostrum group is pulled from last year's 18-and-under International Team.

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MEL ZAJAC INTERNATIONAL SWIM MEET

The Mel Zajac meet will take place in Canada (University of British Columbia, Vancouver) from June 1-3.

The American roster is specifically made of first-time Team USA members who are currently in high school:

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Caeleb Dressel Among Highlights of 2018 Mel Zajac Jr. International



2018 Mel Zajac Jr. International swim meet being held in Vancouver, Canada from June 1-3. Prelims of the meet are set to begin at 9 a.m. local time, while finals will start at 5:30 p.m. local time.



A deeper look into what the recruits are swimming at the meet (prelims is 9AM PST):

Ema Rajic (2018)
- 100 breast (5 seed)
- 50 fly (22 seed)
- 100 fly (4 seed)
- 200 IM (9 seed)
- 50 free (8 seed)
- 50 breast (3 seed)
- 100 free (21 seed)

Katharine Berkoff (2019)
- 200 back (3 seed)
- 200 free (37 seed)
- 50 back (4 seed)
- 50 free (25 seed)
- 100 back (4 seed)

Phoebe Bacon (2020)
- 200 back (2 seed)
- 50 fly (7 seed)
- 100 fly (13 seed)
- 50 back (3 seed)
- 50 breast (12 seed)
- 100 back (2 seed)

Isabelle Stadden (2020)
- 200 back (1 seed)
- 100 fly (88 seed)
- 50 back (2 seed)
- 100 back (1 seed)

Grace Cooper (2020)
- 200 free (36 seed)
- 50 fly (6 seed)
- 100 fly (16 seed)
- 50 back (67 seed)
- 50 free (2 seed)
- 100 free (9 seed)
- 100 back (79 seed)

Gretchen Walsh (2021)
- 200 free (25 seed)
- 50 fly (8 seed)
- 100 fly (9 seed)
- 50 free (4 seed)
- 100 free (7 seed)
- 100 back (10 seed)
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Quick update from Day 1 of Mel Zajac...


1) Blimey, Isabelle Stadden just went a blistering 2:08.37 in the 200m Back @ Mel Zajac!!! Wot a massive swim!!!
- Prev. PB before today = 2:11.17 (Austin PSS, Jan 2018)

...to put that time in a bit of perspective, Regan, Team USA's other finalist in this event behind Thleen @ Budapest 2017, has only been faster than that @ 2017 World Championships...

Isabelle's currently the fastest American, and that time ranks #9 in the world!
2017-2018 LCM WOMEN 200 BACK - Top 25 (World)


2) KB3 aka Katharine Berkoff also threw down a personal record of 2:10.55 for runner-up. Great time, dropping more than 2 and a half sec!
- Prev. PB before today = 2:13.10 (Mesa PSS, Apr 2018)


Not going to be around to post results updates for remaining events in a timely manner, but the meet results can be accessed here: 2018 Mel Zajac Jr. International - RESULTS


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  • UPDATES:

DRESSEL DOUBLES, LOCHTE & STADDEN IMPRESS ON DAY 1 OF MEL ZAJAC


Caeleb Dressel Wins Twice at Mel Zajac International; Lochte, Oleksiak Victorious


...Baby Bear Ema Rajic had scored a lifetime best in her 50m Fly (28.25) ... not too far off her 100m Free PB of 57.56 either, leading off the victorious US Nat Jr team in the 4x100m Free!

Gretchen (54.90 anchor to basically win it for the team!), Zoie (57.05), Ema (57.76 leadoff), Grace (58.76)

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Updates from the Mel Zajac Meet...

1) US Junior placed 3-4-7-9 in the 100 fly, with Phoebe Bacon and Gretchen Walsh going 1:01.63 and 1:01.64 for new personal bests, Ema Rajic with a 1:02.41, and Grace Cooper with a 1:02.73

2) Gretchen Walsh also dropped a new personal best of 25.46 in prelims of the 50 free, and still won comfortably with a 25.50 in finals. Grace Cooper placed 3rd with a 26.11, and Ema placed 8th with a 26.60.

3) Last night's 200 back winner Isabelle Stadden of the U.S. junior team won the 50 tonight in 28.17, a new best time, moving into a tie for 3rd among Americans this year with Ali Deloof. Her teammate Katharine Berkoff (28.38) tied her best from prelims for 2nd, and Gator's Emma Ball (28.47) also went a PB for 3rd. (Bacon was 29.32 for 5th.)

4) Ema, following her heavy event load, also placed 9th in the 200 IM with a 2:22.51 (2:20.48 in prelims).

5) In the women's 800 free relay, the U.S. juniors (8:18.97) had an epic battle with the Canadian juniors, as Kyla Leibel (2:01.36) nearly ran down Walsh (2:02.33) on the anchor leg. Berkoff was the main difference between the two teams, leading off in 2:03.93.

Some great swims, especially from Stadden and Walsh, though I'm really impressed with Ema's versatility and heavy event load, swimming 4 events this evening! (100 fly, 50 free, 200 IM, and was part of the 800 FR)
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bearz012 said:

Some great swims, especially from Stadden and Walsh, though I'm really impressed with Ema's versatility and heavy event load, swimming 4 events this evening! (100 fly, 50 free, 200 IM, and was part of the 800 FR)

+1 on Baby Bear Ema's versatility!

Notably, none of her 3 A finals individuals or the 4x200m Free relay on Day 2 involved Rajic's primary stroke, breast...well, other than 1/4 of her 200 IM race lol.

Another easily overlooked stat is that Ema's 2:06.55 leg in Team USA's winning 800 FR is considerably faster than her 2:08.47 PB in the 200m Free individual (achieved @ 2017 Santa Clara PSS), after reaction times are accounted for from Rajic's relay flying start.

Backstroke ace KB3 had also laid down an impressive 2:03.93 lifetime best leadoff to lend her teammates a commanding lead on that relay (prev. PB = 2:08.23 from July 2017), with breaststroke stud Zoie contributing a very respectable 2:06.16 split (also a PB).

As mentioned on the 2020 Men's recruits thread, DART's Gianluca Urlando also making quite a splash @ Mel Zajac...


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Ema has just put down a 32.38 in the 50m Breast to claim the #3 seed for tonight's A finals ... PR = 31.91.

Go Bears!



" The U.S. juniors established a few more PBs this morning, including Zoie Hartman knocking half a second off her 50 breast to take the top seed in 32.17. Calgary's Rachel Nicol (32.22) and Hartman's teammate Ema Rajic (32.38) are close behind.

Gretchen Walsh and Katharine Berkoff both hit best times on Saturday morning, and did so again on Sunday. Walsh took the top seed in the women's 100 free, clocking 55.50 to lower her PB of 56.12 from the 2017 U.S. Open.

Berkoff dropped her 100 back best by nearly a second in 1:00.69, qualifying 2nd behind teammate Isabelle Stadden (1:00.41). Phoebe Bacon (1:02.15) made it a 1-2-3 prelim for the U.S. juniors."


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  • UPDATE -> Day 3 Finals + the obligatory group poses - complete w/bunny socks, courtesy of KB3...

OLEKSIAK DOUBLES UP, THORMEYER UPSETS DRESSEL TO CLOSE MEL ZAJAC


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Zoie, Katharine, Ema, Isabelle



Zoie & Ema



KB3 aka Katharine Berkoff (2019 #3), Phoebe Bacon (2020 #6), Gretchen Walsh (2021 #1), Zoie Hartman (2019 #6 -> UGA), Isabelle Stadden (2020 #3), Ema Rajic (2018 Baby Bear), Grace Cooper (2020 #16)



Ema recruiting Gretchen & Phoebe here?

Back row (photobombing ): Ryan Lochte
Middle row: Gretchen, Ema, Phoebe
Front row: Zoie


Ema recruiting Grace?



Ema recruiting Gianluca??



Ema & Zoie recruiting Isabelle??? Bear v. Dawg - bring it on!!



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Grace Cooper (DLTA) & Ema Rajic (HEAT) share their experiences with Team USA



Ema Rajic (HEAT)

Mel Zajac was truly an amazing experience. Getting to wear an American flag cap in competition was an honor and something I can't describe. Repping USA on deck with swimmers from all across the country was pretty special. None of us knew each other before the meet but within a day of being there together, we quickly bonded and became a unified team on deck. We all cheered for each other and were proud of our teammates regardless of how they swam. The coaches were super helpful and willing to help the athletes in any way possible, whether that be catering food, filling up water bottles, or doing pace. Being exposed to the traditions of team USA was definitely a highlight of the meet. Not only did everyone take the traditions very seriously, but we all knew the importance of what we were doing and did our best to uphold that standard. Another highlight would be swimming on the relays. I had the opportunity to swim on two relays, both of which we won. On the second or third day of the meet, we had the 800 free relay. I figured I wouldn't be put on it because I don't swim the 200 free and I had 6 races that day, but the coaches told me they trusted me "to bust out another race". The relay was extremely painful but my teammates lifted me up beforehand and encouraged me the best they could. Without them and the support of the rest of the team and staff, I don't think I would've held the lead on the relay. Overall, Mel Zajac did a wonderful job of introducing me to international competition and definitely increased my hunger to make another USA team.


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tedbear said:

The Class of 2020 is over flowing with first tier backstrokers.

Who are the top sprinters in the Class of 2020? Bray? Cooper?

Re the top sprinters in the Class of 2020, thought that I'd compile the following lists of sprint-oriented freestyle PB times, as ability in this area of swimming is traditionally highly prized by NCAA collegiate programmes for its scoring value (relays etc).

In this instance, I have only listed those Top 20 recruits, as originally ranked by SwimSwam, who have a relatively solid recorded time in either the 50, 100 or 200 yard frees, so not necessarily all that comprehensive of a list.

Have included stroke specialists who also have achieved notable swims in the 50/100/200 distance of the freestyle discipline (with their stroke times included if of note).

Interestingly enough, the top times below are all held by stroke aces with top-end versatility rather than by the pure sprinters themselves, i.e. Regan (100, 200 Free) & Alex (50 Free). Not too surprising as this 2020 class is particularly deep in back & fly talent, and has been frequently lauded as one of the most promising since the landmark 2015 class that had gifted Bears with the Dream Team.

Now the outlook for the 2021 class will likely be a bit different, since Gretchen (Alex's younger sibling), who's sprint free oriented but with some outstanding versatility (52.85-100 back, 52.81-100 fly...not at all shabby, eh?! ) is expected to lead the 50/100/200 Free lists for her HS class (GW's currently 21.85/47.93/1:45.80 there as a HS freshman...blinking brill times!!)

Caveat: the data below doesn't take into account progression, improvement curves, or consistency. For example, Isabelle Stadden can boast a 4 sec drop within the last year in her 200 Free, and a sec in her 100 & 200 Free - really impressive! As noted by SwimSwam, Jasmine Rumley's still "splitting her time between three sports, also coming off of stress fractures in both shins".

Furthermore, several of these 2020 prospects don't get to swim these free events very often if at all in HS competition - perhaps the occasional relay, esp if their skills in other areas may be in greater demand for their HS team's scoring chances...

So keep in mind that the context (not taken into account in my static lists below) is often more relevant to upside potential & projected development in college than limited snapshots of personal best times!


50 Free | 100 Free | 200 Free (* = Top time in 2020 class)
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#01 Regan Smith {MN}............. 23.14 | 48.81* | 1:44.49* (200 back=1:48.30*, 100 back=50.84*, 200 fly=1:53.50*, 500 free=4:41.69*, 100 fly=51.63, 200 IM=1:56.58)
#02 Alex Walsh {TN} ................ 22.08* | 48.90 | 1:45.24 (100 breast=58.19*, 200 breast=2:06.45*, 200 IM=1:54.02*, 100 back=51.45, 200 back=1:51.42)
#03 Isabelle Stadden {MN} ...... 22.96 | 50.18 | 1:50.71 (100 back=51.33, 200 back=1:52.04)
#04 Olivia Bray {VA} ................. 23.00 | 51.11 | 1:46.37 (100 fly=51.48*, 100 back=52.02, 200 fly=1:54.21)
#05 Kaitlyn Dobler {OR} ........... 22.35 | 49.50 | 1:54.38 (100 breast=59.17)
#06 Phoebe Bacon {VA} ........... 23.17 | 51.59 | 1:52.87 (100 back=51.60, 200 back=1:52.84, 100 fly=52.91)
#07 Emma Sticklen {TX} ........... 23.06 | 50.03 | 1:58.02 (200 fly=1:54.88, 100 fly=52.38, 100 back=53.36)
#08 Quinn Schaedler {TX} ........ 22.89 | 48.84 | 1:46.02
#09 Maxine Parker {IL} .............. 22.46 | 49.24 | 1:48.07
#12 Tristen Ulett {GA} ............... 23.37 | 49.75 | 1:47.38 (200 fly=1:56.07, 100 fly=52.94, 200 IM=1:58.50)
#13 Gabi Albiero {KY} ............... 22.64 | 49.91 | 1:48.92 (100 fly=52.59, 200 fly=1:57.72)
#14 Paige Hetrick {PA} .............. 22.80 | 49.17 | 1:46.48
#16 Grace Cooper {IL} ............... 22.37 | 49.60 | 1:50.13
#18 Lillie Nordmann {TX} .......... 23.02 | 50.79 | 1:47.58 (200 fly=1:56.28, 100 fly=52.81)
#19 Anicka Delgado {CA} .......... 22.90 | 49.43 | 1:48.26 (100 fly=53.4)
HM Ella Ristic {CA} ..................... 23.26 | 49.55 | 1:45.76
HM Jasmine Rumley {IA} ........... 22.29 | 50.33 | 1:53.82


50 Free
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Alex Walsh .............. 22.08
Jasmine Rumley ....... 22.29
Kaitlyn Dobler ........... 22.35
Grace Cooper ........... 22.37
Maxine Parker ........... 22.46
Gabi Albiero .............. 22.64
Paige Hetrick ............. 22.80
Quinn Schaedler ....... 22.89
Anicka Delgado ......... 22.90
Isabelle Stadden ....... 22.96
Olivia Bray ................. 23.00
Lillie Nordmann ......... 23.02
Emma Sticklen .......... 23.06
Regan Smith ............. 23.14
Phoebe Bacon .......... 23.17
Ella Ristic .................. 23.26
Tristen Ulett ............... 23.37


100 Free
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Regan Smith ........... 48.81
Quinn Schaedler ...... 48.84
Alex Walsh ............... 48.90
Paige Hetrick ............ 49.17
Maxine Parker .......... 49.24
Anicka Delgado ........ 49.43
Kaitlyn Dobler ........... 49.50
Ella Ristic .................. 49.55
Grace Cooper ........... 49.60
Tristen Ulett .............. 49.75
Gabi Albiero .............. 49.91
Emma Sticklen .......... 50.03
Isabelle Stadden ........ 50.18
Jasmine Rumley ........ 50.33
Lillie Nordmann .......... 50.79
Olivia Bray .................. 51.11
Phoebe Bacon ............ 51.59


200 Free
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Regan Smith ........... 1:44.49
Alex Walsh ............... 1:45.24
Ella Ristic ................. 1:45.76
Quinn Schaedler ...... 1:46.02
Olivia Bray ................ 1:46.37
Paige Hetrick ............ 1:46.48
Tristen Ulett .............. 1:47.38
Lillie Nordmann ........ 1:47.58
Maxine Parker .......... 1:48.07
Anicka Delgado ........ 1:48.26
Gabi Albiero .............. 1:48.92
Grace Cooper ........... 1:50.13
Isabelle Stadden ....... 1:50.71
Phoebe Bacon .......... 1:52.87
Jasmine Rumley ....... 1:53.82
Kaitlyn Dobler ........... 1:54.38
Emma Sticklen .......... 1:58.02

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Good work, UAC!
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Daniella Hawkins: "I am very excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for UCLA! I could not have done it without the support from my coaches, family, and teammates! Go Bruins!"



CS ranking as of verbal: #67 Nat, #12 CA


Note: Daniella's swim club = Pleasanton Seahawks, and is close with incoming Baby Bear, #70 Chris Jhong.

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Well, looks like UVA's taking a new approach on their recruiting:

http://instagr.am/p/Bjw76-zB7nv

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Brooke Schaffer -> UCLA

"I'm excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at UCLA. Thank you to everyone who has supported me #gobruins"

http://instagr.am/p/BkB7YQblear

CS as of commit: (#15 CA, #75 Nat)

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Lots of upside, and thought that she may stay local and swim for LSJU (club is PASA). UCLA doing great with Bay Area swimmers so far (Sophia Kosturos, Daniella Hawkins)
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Her Dad was an outstanding UCLA swimmer, former Bellarmine star Greg.
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Big Night for Gator Swim Club on Day Two of Gainesville Speedo Sectionals


From the archives ... Gainesville Sun 2017 High School Swimmers of the Year: Buchholz's Mason Wilby, left, and Julian Hill (middle row) are the top boys picks, while Alena Kraus, top, of Gainesville High, and Buchholz's Talia Bates, left, and Isabel Ivey, first row, represent the top girls. [Brad McClenny/Staff photographer]


Women's 200 Free

Swimming unattached, Isabel Ivey nearly cracked the two-minute barrier in day two's opening event. The future Cal Bear won the event in 2:00.08, well over two seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

AquaKids' Mary Smutny finished second in 2:02.67 while Swim Florida's Olivia McMurray took third in 2:02.89.


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Isabel Ivey, Jan Switkowski Win Twice on Night Three in Gainesville


From the archives ... Izz @ 2017 Jr Nats


It was another fast night at the 2018 Speedo Sectionals in Gainesville, Fla. Isabel Ivey and Jan Switkowski each won two events.


Women's 100 Back

After winning the women's 200 free last night, Isabel Ivey won her second title of the weekend in the 100 back. She got her hand to the wall first in 1:02.25 after posting a personal best 1:01.63 during prelims.

Gator's Caitlin Brooks was .01 faster than this morning to finish second in 1:03.03 while her teammate Emma Ball took third in 1:03.71.


Women's 200 IM

Not too long after winning the women's 100 back, Ivey was back in the pool to claim the 200 IM title as well. She dropped nearly two seconds from her morning swim to win the event by nearly one second in 2:17.47.

South Florida's Kathleen Golding recorded a second-place showing in 2:18.34 and Swim Florida's Olivia McMurray finished third in 2:18.66.


Prelims for the final day of competition will begin tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. EST.


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Isabel Ivey Collects Fifth Win On Night Four In Gainesville




Isabel Ivey won her fifth individual event on the final night of the 2018 Speedo Sectionals in Gainesville, Fla.


Women's 100 Free

Isabel Ivey found herself with the gold for the fourth time this meet after winning the women's 100 free by nearly a full second. She finished in 55.48, making that a new lifetime best.

Gator's Isabella Garofalo also swam a new personal best of 56.43 for second and Quest's Kelsey Dambacher finished third in 57.39.

Smutny (57.52), South Florida's Kathleen Golding (57.90), Gator's Victoria Bindi (58.28) and Gator's Sydney Kang (58.33) completed the top heat.


Women's 200 Back

Not too long after a win in the women's 100 free, Ivey was back in the pool to take the crown in the 200 back with a time of 2:14.73. That marks her fifth victory of the meet.

Gator's Caitlin Brooks was second in 2:17.59 and third went to Mary Kelley in 2:19.93.


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Those times reported as Izzie's personal bests in the SW reports above (1:01.63 in the 100m Back, 55.48 in the 100m Free), are not strictly accurate...

Ivey's actual lifetime bests =>
100 Back: 1:01.36 (2017 National Champs)
100 Free: 54.95 (2016 Jr. Pan Pacs)

However, what's really encouraging about those 2 swims raced at Speedo Sectionals over the weekend is that they represent the fastest that Izz has ever gone untapered, so indications are that she has by & large gotten over the hump from injuries/health issues sustained last year, and well on the way back to the stellar form that had turned so many heads @ 2016 Jr Pan Pacs!


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TOP JUNIOR CONTENDERS FOR TEAM USA'S JUNIOR PAN PACS SQUAD

As we continue to preview individual events for this summer's U.S. National Championships (check out all our picks here), the major question is who will qualify to compete where. The 2018 National Championships will qualify swimmers for five major international meets spanning two years: 2018 Pan Pacs, 2018 Junior Pan Pacs, 2019 Worlds, 2019 World University Games and 2019 Pan American Games. (Check out full selection procedures here)

To give us a baseline of who appears in line for spots as things stand now, we're compiling the top 6 swims in each event by athletes who are eligible for Junior Pan Pacs.
First, some disclaimers:
  • In order to be eligible for Junior Pan Pacs, a swimmer must be between 13 and 18 as of December 31, 2018. That means swimmers born between the years 2000 and 2005. Specific birthdays aren't always readily available for junior swimmers, so we've done our best to determine ages as of USA Swimming's SWIMS database. If a swimmer on this list is not eligible, let us know in the comments and we'll dig further.
  • We've used the top times from the U.S. Nationals qualifying period that means from June 1, 2017 until now. Naturally, that will filter out athletes who had a rough summer of 2017 for whatever reason. That's not an intentional slight to those athletes, just a time frame that makes sense and limits our research field to a manageable size.
  • It shouldn't have to be said, but this list is not a set-in-stone prediction of who will qualify and who won't. Young swimmers improve (and regress) all the time. Don't take offense that your favorite swimmer isn't listed, or is listed too low. This is merely a list of times within the time frame.
  • For obvious reasons, we can't include relay splits there is no good database of relay splits to pull from. If your favorite swimmer has shown greater potential on relays, feel free to make note of that in the comments section.
  • This story should also serve as a great opportunity to make your own predictions of who will make this summer's Junior Pan Pacs Team.
The Jr Pan Pacs team will be selected based on the finish order of the 2018 U.S. National Championships. That means current national rankings mean nothing. If one swimmer makes the B final and another the C, the B final swimmer (if he or she finishes his or her finals race without DQing) will be the higher-placing athlete even if the C final swimmer puts up a better time in the final. Obviously, swimmers who don't compete at Nationals are not eligible.

From a birds-eye view of the complex selection procedures, the top 2 in each event should make the team. If there's still space on the 20-boy, 20-girl roster, third, fourth, fifth and sixth place candidates could also make the team. Unlike many other meets, the top 6 in the 100 and 200 frees are not selected with higher priority. After second place, the roster will be filled out with the next-best swimmer from any event based on world rankings among juniors.

The final wrinkle is that juniors who make the senior Pan Pacs team will not be able to swim Junior Pan Pacs.

**note: I included any 2018/2019 Baby bears, as well as all uncommitted recruits. The committed/signed recruits are bolded & italicized

GIRLS 50 FREE
#3 - Grace Cooper (2020) - 25.38
#4 - Gretchen Walsh (2021) - 25.46

GIRLS 100 FREE
#3 - Isabel Ivey (2019) - 55.48
#3 - Gretchen Walsh (2021) - 55.50

GIRLS 200 FREE
#1 - Claire Tuggle (2022) - 1:59.11
#2 - Isabel Ivey (2019) - 1:59.74

GIRLS 400 FREE
#2 - Claire Tuggle (2022) - 4:11.37
#5 - Mariah Denigan (2021?) - 4:12.72

GIRLS 800 FREE
#3 - Claire Tuggle (2022) - 8:37.27
#5 - Mariah Denigan (2021?) - 8:38.64
#6 - Chase Travis (2020) - 8:39.56

GIRLS 1500 FREE
#2 - Mariah Denigan (2021?) - 16:22.50

GIRLS 100 BACK
#1 - Regan Smith (2020) - 58.95
#2 - Isabelle Stadden (2020) - 1:00.06
#3 - Phoebe Bacon (2020) - 1:00.09
#5 - Katharine Berkoff (2019) - 1:00.65

GIRLS 200 BACK
#1 - Regan Smith (2020) - 2:07.19
#2 - Isabelle Stadden (2020) - 2:08.37
#3 - Alex Sumner (2018) - 2:09.04
#5 - Katharine Berkoff (2019) - 2:10.55
#6 - Alex Walsh (2020) - 2:10.71

GIRLS 100 BREAST
#5 - Janessa Matthews (2020) - 1:09.49
#6 - Ema Rajic (2018) - 1:09.62

GIRLS 100 FLY
#1 - Regan Smith (2020) - 58.64
#3 - Olivia Bray (2020) - 59.61
#4 - Lillie Nordmann (2020) - 59.63

GIRLS 200 FLY
#3 - Regan Smith (2020) - 2:10.47
#4 - Olivia Bray (2020) - 2:10.63
#6 - Ashlyn Fiorilli (2019) - 2:12.19

GIRLS 200 IM
#1 - Alex Walsh (2020) - 2:12.36
#6 - Regan Smith (2020) - 2:15.85

GIRLS 400 IM
#1 - Mariah Denigan (2021?) - 4:44.93
#4 - Kathryn Ackerman (2020) - 4:46.08
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NEW NLI RULE ELIMINATES SPLIT SIGNING PERIODS FOR 2019-2020 ATHLETES

New rules regarding National Letters of Intent (NLIs) eliminate the previous early signing period, unifying it with the previous regular signing period for most NCAA sports.

NLIs are one-year scholarship agreements that make up the framework of the NCAA scholarship system. An NLI is a binding agreement between an athlete and a school in which the athlete agrees to attend the school and the school agrees to provide athletic financial aid in college recruiting, the NLI is essentially the finish line, as athletes can no longer 'de-commit' without losing a year of eligibility. A verbal commitment is a non-binding agreement that a recruit can change (and schools can rescind roster spots or scholarship offers), but signing an NLI makes the scholarship offer (and intent to attend school and compete for that school in the NCAA) official and binding.

Previously, the bulk of the NCAA's sports had split signing periods in which schools and athletes could sign National Letters of Intent for the upcoming school year. For example, for athletes enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year, an early signing period from November 8, 2017 to November 15, 2017 offered the first chance to lock down scholarship offers. Prospects who didn't sign within that period had to wait for the regular period, from April 11, 2018 to August 1, 2018.

But for athletes in the high school class of 2019, the two periods have been joined with no 'dead period' in the middle. Rising high school seniors can sign NLIs from November 14, 2018 to August 1, 2019 in most Division I and II sports.
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bearz012 said:


With CIF Champs wrapping up, I'd like to take note of some in-staters that are improving at rapid rates.



2) Danielle Carter (#46 Nat, #6 CA) - PASA, Los Altos High School
Events: 100/200 back, 100 fly
- Dropped from a 56 to a 53.51 in the 100 backstroke this year at Junior Nats
- Dropped from a 2:01 to a 1:55 in the 200 back
- Dropped from a 55 to a 53.9 in the 100 fly

In the 100 fly at CIF's this year, she placed 5th with a 54.18, and followed that up with a 3rd place finish in the 100 back (54.14).

A beary warm welcome goes out to our latest 2019 commit, PASA's Dani Carter! Yay!!

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Danielle Carter: "I'm beyond exited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and swimming career at UC Berkeley Thank you to everyone that has supported me in and out of the pool! Go Bears!"







CS ranking as of verbal: #47 Nat, #6 CA


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In-State Backstroker Danielle Carter Announces Verbal to Cal



NEW COMMIT: Mountain View, Calif. native Danielle Carter has declared her verbal commitment to swim at the University of California, Berkeley as a member of the class of 2023.

Carter swims year-round with Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. She just finished up a successful long course season, recording three new best times at Junior Nationals. Last summer, Carter represented the United States at the FINA/airweave SCM Swimming World Cup in Eindhoven where she took sixth in the 200m back (2:13.57) and seventh in the 100m back (1:01.22).

Also representing Los Alamitos High School, Carter is a four-time finalist at the CIF State Championships. At the State meet during her junior season, she finished third in the 100 back (54.14) and fifth in the 100 fly (54.18). She placed 11th in the 100 back (55.49) as a sophomore and took 13th in the event (56.87) as a freshman.

She told Swimming World:
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"I'm so exited to continue my academic and swimming career at Cal! The team at Cal makes me feel just at home and the team that Teri has built is so amazing!"
Her best times include:
  • 100 back 53.51
  • 200 back 1:55.40
  • 100 fly 53.95
  • 200 fly 2:00.79
  • 400 IM 4:22.88
  • 100 free 50.71
  • 200 free 1:48.61

Carter will join a powerhouse backstroke group when she arrives on campus for the 2019-20 season that will include Keaton Blovad, Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou and Courtney Mykkanen. Both her best 100 and 200 back times would've scored in the B-final at the 2018 PAC-12 Championships.


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Yay!! Go Danielle! Go PASA! Go Bears!
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