2019 Women's Swimming Recruiting

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SwimSwam said:

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.
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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 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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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?
Polodad
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Yes. Win now and the future continues to be assured.
UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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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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