2019 Women's Swimming Recruiting

UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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OBear073akaSMFan said:

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

Yay congrats Cassie, and a bear-y warm welcome to the fam!



Brill to see the diving side of our programme hasn't been overlooked with all the talented swimmers coming in next year, plus Cassie's strong academics naturally earn her an extra mark in her favour



Found an entry @ College Swimming under her name, Cassie Graham - same HS & home town as outlined on calbears, but here CS currently has Cassie listed as having committed to Fresno State?
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Welcome, Cassie! Seems to be a springboard specialist.

Some facts based on her summer team coaching bio: In school, she is a member of the APPS (Advanced Placement Power Scholars) Program, the National Honors Society, and a captain of her high school swim and dive team. She has been diving for five years on the national team at Montgomery Dive Club and placed 3rd in the girl's competition in the 2018 MPSSAA State Swim & Dive Championships. She is the team captain for MDC Germantown. Her future goals are to commit to a Division I college for diving and major in prelaw.

UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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CAL COMMIT AYLA SPITZ WINS A PAIR AT YUCAIPA SECTIONALS



After Junior Nationals, but before the holiday break, the annual California-Nevada short course Sectional Championships was hosted in Yucaipa, California.

On the girls' side of the meet, Cal commit and the 20th-ranked recruit in the class of 2019 Ayla Spitz took a pair of victories in her only two events, winning the 100 back in 54.41 and the 100 fly in 53.85. She swam a 53.8 in prelims of the 100 back which is jut 4-tenths away from her best in that event; she didn't swim the 100 free, 200 free, 200 back or 200 IM: arguably her four best events.


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UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Looks like SwimSwam's on the cusp of publishing their Class of 2019 NCAA Recruit Ranks (Top 20
For reference, here's CollegeSwimming's Top 50 list as of today (24 April 2018):

Rank - Name - Commitment - Hometown - Power Index

6 - Kelly Pash - University of Texas - Carmel, IN - 1.40
9 - Mary Smutny - University of Texas - Cutler Bay, FL - 1.74
19 - Miranda Heckman - University of Texas - Livermore, CA - 3.02
20 - Kyla Leibel - n/a - Red Deer, AB - 3.20
bearz012 said:


Updates from the Mel Zajac Meet...

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.

Kyla Leibel -> Horns (UT)

http://instagr.am/p/Btv8B9iFeD0
CS Ranking as of commit: (#10 Nat, #1 AB)
UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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A beary warm welcome goes out to Eloise Riley from Oz!

CS Ranking as of verbal: #178 Nat

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Eloise Riley Signs With Golden Bears

Australian Sprinter Joins Cal's 2019-20 Recruiting Class

BERKELEY - Eloise Riley, a sprint freestyle specialist from Sydney, Australia, has signed a letter of intent to swim for the Golden Bears starting in the fall of 2019.

Riley is a two-time 50- and 100-meter free champion at school nationals, and she placed third in the 50 free at club nationals in her home country. Her top time of 25.90 in the 50 free is a school record. Riley attends Pymble Ladies College and is a member of the Knox Pymble Swim Club.

Last year, Riley was named Swimmer of the Year at her high school, and also received the Pierre De Coubertin Award. In addition, she has received her school's Bronze, Silver, Gold Medallion for high level of achievement in academics and varsity sports.

An all-around athlete, Riley has competed in soccer, field hockey and cross country, as well as swimming. Her family has a strong swimming history as her mother, Anne, was a collegiate swimmer at Harvard, while an aunt and uncle swam at Harvard and Stanford, respectively.

Riley becomes the 10th recruit to sign with Cal this year, joining a group announced in November.

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tedbear
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Wow, another Teri surprise international! Eloise seems to be the perfect Cal fit both academically and athletically. If she can make the transition from long course to short course smoothly, we might be looking at the next great Cal sprinter. Bonus is that she and Abbey will overlap a year. We all have our 2020 recruit wishes, but no one in the class fits Eloise's profile. We have always had a few Kiwi recruits over the years, but when was the last time we recruited an Aussie? Holland, Spain, Hong Kong, Canada, Egypt, etc., Teri's international reach is amazing!
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tedbear said:

Wow, another Teri surprise international! Eloise seems to be the perfect Cal fit both academically and athletically. If she can make the transition from long course to short course smoothly, we might be looking at the next great Cal sprinter.

Well let's not get too carried away quite yet lol :p

Really admire those sentiments of yours on Eloise Riley, predictions which may well prove to be uncannily prophetic in good time

But meanwhile, here's how the *sprint to mid-sprint freestyle* achievements of our CS #178 ranked signee presently stands in relation to that of her 2019 Baby Bear sisters, as well as to the talented peers who are considered to be the TOP 20 NCAA SWIMMING RECRUITS IN THE GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 2019 by SwimSwam - one where "Super-sprinters abound":


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* 50 Free *

~ 2019 NCAA 'A' Standard = 21.74
~ 2018 NCAA scoring time = 22.21 (16th @ Prelims)
~ 2018 NCAA invite time = 22.30
~ 2019 NCAA 'B' Standard = 22.76

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#02 Kate Douglass ........ 22.04
#01 Izzy Ivey ............. 22.27 {Bear}
#07 Alexandra Crisera ... 22.43
#13 Talia Bates .......... 22.44
#05 Coleen Gillilan ......... 22.56
#12 Chloe Clark ............ 22.65 {Bear}
#10 Kelly Pash ........... 22.76
#na Eloise Riley ......... 22.81 (conv. from 25.90 LCM) {Bear}
#03 Katharine Berkoff .... 22.82
#HM Gabby Dang .......... 22.90
#06 Zoie Hartman .......... 22.93
#19 Lexi Cuomo ............ 22.94
#na Emma Davidson .... 22.95 {Bear}
#20 Ayla Spitz ........... 23.00 {Bear}
#16 Mary Smutny ........... 23.44
#HM Rachel Klinker ...... 23.51 {Bear}
#na Danielle Carter ....... 23.73 {Bear}
#04 Emily Weiss ......... 23.87
#14 Caroline Cooper ....... 23.92
#HM Sarah DiMeco ........ 23.95 {Bear}
#09 Caitlin Brooks ........ 23.97
#08 Ella Nelson ............ 24.02
#17 Miranda Heckman ..... 24.12
#na Ashlyn Fiorilli ....... 24.39 {Bear}
#11 Madelyn Donohoe ...... 24.57
#na Anna Kalandadze ..... 24.86 {Bear}
#18 Kaitlynn Sims ...... 25.17
#15 Ashley McCauley ....... 25.31


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* 100 Free *

~ 2019 NCAA 'A' Standard = 47.35
~ 2018 NCAA scoring time = 48.07 (16th @ Prelims)
~ 2018 NCAA invite time = 48.53
~ 2019 NCAA 'B' Standard = 49.51

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#01 Izzy Ivey ............. 47.88 {Bear}
#02 Kate Douglass ........ 48.54
#10 Kelly Pash ........... 48.55
#07 Alexandra Crisera ... 48.87
#20 Ayla Spitz ........... 48.88 {Bear}
#16 Mary Smutny ........... 49.48
#03 Katharine Berkoff .,...48.90
#06 Zoie Hartman .......... 49.15
#12 Chloe Clark ............ 49.27 {Bear}
#13 Talia Bates .......... 49.56
#05 Coleen Gillilan ......... 49.64
#19 Lexi Cuomo ............. 49.71
#HM Gabby Dang ....... 49.84
#HM Rachel Klinker ...... 49.93 {Bear}
#17 Miranda Heckman .... 50.23
#na Emma Davidson .. 50.30 {Bear}
#na Danielle Carter ........ 50.71 {Bear}
#08 Ella Nelson ............ 50.91
#na Eloise Riley ....... 51.26 (conv. from 57.83 LCM) {Bear}
#18 Kaitlynn Sims ..... 51.29
#11 Madelyn Donohoe ..... 51.39
#HM Sarah DiMeco ..... 51.72 {Bear}
#14 Caroline Cooper ..... 51.84
#na Anna Kalandadze .... 52.36 {Bear}
#04 Emily Weiss ........ 52.42
#09 Caitlin Brooks ........ 52.80
#na Ashlyn Fiorilli ....... 53.18 {Bear}
#15 Ashley McCauley ....... 54.28


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* 200 Free *

~ 2019 NCAA 'A' Standard = 1:43.17
~ 2018 NCAA scoring time = 1:44.66 (16th @ Prelims)
~ 2018 NCAA invite time = 1:44.90
~ 2019 NCAA 'B' Standard = 1:47.12

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#01 Izzy Ivey ............. 1:43.64 {Bear}
#10 Kelly Pash ........... 1:45.25
#16 Mary Smutny ........... 1:45.36
#20 Ayla Spitz ........... 1:45.44 {Bear}
#HM Rachel Klinker ...... 1:46.05 {Bear}
#17 Miranda Heckman .... 1:46.49
#03 Katharine Berkoff ...1:46.81
#HM Sarah DiMeco ........ 1:46.98 {Bear}
#05 Coleen Gillilan ....... 1:46.98
#07 Alexandra Crisera ..... 1:47.09
#13 Talia Bates ............ 1:47.11
#06 Zoie Hartman ............ 1:47.13
#11 Madelyn Donohoe ..... 1:47.75
#02 Kate Douglass ....... 1:48.10
#18 Kaitlynn Sims ..... 1:48.39
#na Danielle Carter ........ 1:48.61 {Bear}
#08 Ella Nelson ............ 1:49.38
#na Emma Davidson ... 1:49.45 {Bear}
#HM Gabby Dang ............ 1:49.46
#12 Chloe Clark .............. 1:49.78 {Bear}
#na Anna Kalandadze .... 1:50.42 {Bear}
#19 Lexi Cuomo ............ 1:51.27
#na Eloise Riley ........ 1:51.78 (conv. from 2:06.86 LCM) {Bear}
#na Ashlyn Fiorilli ....... 1:51.97 {Bear}
#09 Caitlin Brooks ....,.... 1:52.37
#14 Caroline Cooper ..,..... 1:53.31
#15 Ashley McCauley ....... 1:54.89
#04 Emily Weiss ........,.. 1:59.16


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Note that many of SS' Top 20 above aren't sprinters per se, being either stroke specialists (back/fly/breast), distance-focussed, or versatile jack-of-all-trades - hence #4 breaststroke stud Emily Weiss falling consistently near the bottom of these sprint free charts lol

Anyway, high hopes for Eloise following in Madds' footsteps so to speak - Murphy was ranked #55 in her class by College Swimming at the time of her verbal. Held a personal best of 23.13 in the 50 Free at her commitment...after training with Bears for just a single season, went on to kill it @ 2017 NCAAs with an amazing 21.76 - placing 6th in the A final as a froski!

btw wouldn't mind also welcoming Eloise's fellow Aussie Abbey Webb (CS #34) to Bear Territory in Sept - Abbey currently lays claim to 50 / 100 / 200 Free lifetime bests of 22.58 (25.63 LCM) / 48.99 (55.32 LCM) / 1:46.54 (2:00.64 LCM) respectively... though I don't know if Abbey's as academically-inclined as Eloise is?
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


btw wouldn't mind also welcoming Eloise's fellow Aussie Abbey Webb (CS #34) to Bear Territory in Sept - Abbey currently lays claim to 50 / 100 / 200 Free lifetime bests of 22.58 (25.63 LCM) / 48.99 (55.32 LCM) / 1:46.54 (2:00.64 LCM) respectively... though I don't know if Abbey's as academically-inclined as Eloise is?

Getting 1 Aussie, can't hurt for possible future aussie though we are still smarting from losing your gal Siobhan to Mich despite our Hong Kong ties! Eloise's uncle swam at Stanford. Anyone knows the name of the uncle.
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OBear073akaSMFan said:

Getting 1 Aussie, can't hurt for possible future aussie though we are still smarting from losing your gal Siobhan to Mich despite our Hong Kong ties! Eloise's uncle swam at Stanford. Anyone knows the name of the uncle.

Haha don't rub it in (too much ) re Bears not having pursued Siobhan - reckon there really weren't any slots remaining for another top stud with massive upside (esp a $$ international) after our 2015 Dream Team mega-signings!

Well, will have to confess to harbouring a bit of a soft spot & bias towards recruits from the UK & Commonwealth countries cos of my background lol Think Freya (Anderson) could have been an even more impactful signing than Siobhan if she had been on the market so to speak... Guess we also missed out on Maggie MacNeil's massive potential, to Michigan's gain.

Seems like Coach Bottom has been more active cultivating the Wolverines' HK & China pipeline than Teri post the graduations of Camille, Stephanie & Yvette (and Hannah before them)?

Abbey Webb just came to mind as I recall her contributions for Team Oz @ the Jr Pan Pacs last summer, and now conveniently listed on the CS database.

Don't know who Eloise's uncle is, but am just fine with her having not taken the legacy route (LSJU or Harvard)

Speaking of Eloise, her long course metre (LCM) times are generally ahead of their short course metre (SCM) counterpart - which to me would suggest that Riley may have quite an upside in the little pool here (SCY), once she adapts to and improves her underwaters & walls under the guidance of Teri & Sarah (perhaps catching a few tips from Izzy in the process) Thleen had really upped her dolphin kick & turns game when training as a Bear, as had been noted by Coach Marsh @ Rio.

Our latest recruit may potentially have some versatility in the breast sprint, similar to our other multi-sport sprint get, Emma Davidson.

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

A beary warm welcome goes out to Eloise Riley from Oz!

CS Ranking as of verbal: #178 Nat



Eloise Riley Signs With Golden Bears

...now reported by SwimSwam:

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AUSTRALIAN SPRINTER ELOISE RILEY COMMITS TO THE CAL GOLDEN BEARS FOR 2019-20

Best LCM times (converted to SCY):
  • 50 free - 25.90 (22.61)
  • 100 free - 57.83 (50.65)
  • 200 free - 2:05.99 (1:50.62)

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Note: I had used Swimulator Real-Time Converter (new) in my original calculations & ranking of the top 2019 recruits in the sprint to mid-sprint free events, since that tool factors in gender & age.

The converted times in the above SS writeup appears to have made use of the Classic Converter instead, and additionally lists a swifter 200m Free PB in LCM that what's currently on the CS databse. which in Eloise's case here resulted in significantly faster LCM to SCY converted times - over which I definitely have no quibbles lol

Here are the revised aka improved stats:

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* 50 Free *
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#02 Kate Douglass ........ 22.04
#01 Izzy Ivey ............. 22.27 {Bear}
#07 Alexandra Crisera ... 22.43
#13 Talia Bates .......... 22.44
#05 Coleen Gillilan ......... 22.56
#na Eloise Riley ......... 22.61 (conv. from 25.90 LCM) {Bear}
#12 Chloe Clark ............ 22.65 {Bear}
#10 Kelly Pash ........... 22.76
#na Eloise Riley ......... 22.81 (conv. from 25.90 LCM) {Bear}
#03 Katharine Berkoff .... 22.82
#HM Gabby Dang .......... 22.90
#06 Zoie Hartman .......... 22.93
#19 Lexi Cuomo ............ 22.94
#na Emma Davidson .... 22.95 {Bear}
#20 Ayla Spitz ........... 23.00 {Bear}


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* 100 Free *
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#01 Izzy Ivey ............. 47.88 {Bear}
#02 Kate Douglass ........ 48.54
#10 Kelly Pash ........... 48.55
#07 Alexandra Crisera ... 48.87
#20 Ayla Spitz ........... 48.88 {Bear}
#16 Mary Smutny ........... 49.48
#03 Katharine Berkoff .,...48.90
#06 Zoie Hartman .......... 49.15
#12 Chloe Clark ............ 49.27 {Bear}
#13 Talia Bates .......... 49.56
#05 Coleen Gillilan ......... 49.64
#19 Lexi Cuomo ............. 49.71
#HM Gabby Dang ....... 49.84
#HM Rachel Klinker ...... 49.93 {Bear}
#17 Miranda Heckman .... 50.23
#na Emma Davidson .. 50.30 {Bear}
#na Eloise Riley ....... 50.65 (conv. from 57.83 LCM) {Bear}
#na Danielle Carter ........ 50.71 {Bear}
#08 Ella Nelson ............ 50.91
#na Eloise Riley ....... 51.26 (conv. from 57.83 LCM) {Bear}
#18 Kaitlynn Sims ..... 51.29
#11 Madelyn Donohoe ..... 51.39

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* 200 Free *
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#01 Izzy Ivey ............. 1:43.64 {Bear}
#10 Kelly Pash ........... 1:45.25
#16 Mary Smutny ........... 1:45.36
#20 Ayla Spitz ........... 1:45.44 {Bear}
#HM Rachel Klinker ...... 1:46.05 {Bear}
#17 Miranda Heckman .... 1:46.49
#03 Katharine Berkoff ...1:46.81
#HM Sarah DiMeco ........ 1:46.98 {Bear}
#05 Coleen Gillilan ....... 1:46.98
#07 Alexandra Crisera ..... 1:47.09
#13 Talia Bates ............ 1:47.11
#06 Zoie Hartman ............ 1:47.13
#11 Madelyn Donohoe ..... 1:47.75
#02 Kate Douglass ....... 1:48.10
#18 Kaitlynn Sims ..... 1:48.39
#na Danielle Carter ........ 1:48.61 {Bear}
#08 Ella Nelson ............ 1:49.38
#na Emma Davidson ... 1:49.45 {Bear}
#HM Gabby Dang ............ 1:49.46
#12 Chloe Clark .............. 1:49.78 {Bear}
#na Anna Kalandadze .... 1:50.42 {Bear}
#na Eloise Riley ........ 1:50.62 (conv. from 2:05.99 LCM) {Bear}
#19 Lexi Cuomo ............ 1:51.27
#na Eloise Riley ........ 1:51.78 (conv. from 2:06.86 LCM) {Bear}
#na Ashlyn Fiorilli ....... 1:51.97 {Bear}


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