2020 Women's Swimming Recruiting

UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

There's no denying the massive interest from many of the top recruits in taking a trip to Berkeley - it's just that I don't think that a formal group visit has been planned or offered to the 2020 class until this Spring semester at the earliest, for whatever reason (hopefully a sound one!).

Perhaps we'll get to finally welcome some talented 2020 visitors come 1-2 Feb (v. $C & UCLA)?

Or perhaps on 16 Feb (dual v. LSJU, will be shown on Pac-12 Networks)

Well goes to show how much (or rather how little) I know haha - whilst there may not have been any high profile 2020 group trips to Cal yet (to my limited knowledge), individual unofficial visits have certainly taken place!

For example (cheers bearz012), Isabel Gormley (#27 Nat, #1 NY), who has already taken trips to LSJU & UVA, has been spotted @ Legends today!.
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


For example (cheers bearz012), Isabel Gormley (#27 Nat, #1 NY), who has already taken trips to LSJU & UVA, has been spotted @ Legends today!.

Gulp..the timing of the visit? Make sense for her to visit with MLK holiday off but wondering who is there to meet & greet her, with the swim team still in Hawaii?
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OBear073akaSMFan said:

UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


For example (cheers bearz012), Isabel Gormley (#27 Nat, #1 NY), who has already taken trips to LSJU & UVA, has been spotted @ Legends today!.

Gulp..the timing of the visit? Make sense for her to visit with MLK holiday off but wondering who is there to meet & greet her, with the swim team still in Hawaii?
No worries, the team is back from Hawaii



Posted by Coach Dunleavy just over an hour ago.
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

For example (cheers bearz012), Isabel Gormley (#27 Nat, #1 NY), who has already taken trips to LSJU & UVA, has been spotted @ Legends today!

In terms of valued targets for 2020, guess we haven't really talked about Isabel Gormley over here, having focussed mostly on the top tier of high profile prospects in what promises to be a really strong recuiting class - one which has been widely touted to be the best class since the 2015 edition which had gifted Bears with the Dream Team & more.

Well, to make up partly for that, note that Cal's first known 2020 visitor has some impressive creds to her name, most notable of which is Gormley's recent progression curve.

Not to mention, IG additionally can lay claim to some serious chops in long course, not unlike that of her fellow visitor to the Farm this weekend, Emma Weyant:
SwimSwam said:


ISABEL GORMLEY BECOMES 3RD-FASTEST 16YO IN NATION WITH 4:15.69 400 FR

AGUA's 16-year-old Isabel Gormley dropped over four seconds and now sits behind only Madelyn Donohoe and Regan Smith in the ranks of 16-year-old women nation-wide.
Most importantly, that Isabel has selected Cal, LSJU & UVA for her visits surely attests to her academics?



Haven't researched Gormley's stats that deeply or indeed looked at all her events, but here are a few notable points from a brief & limited preview, referenced against a few of our 2019 Baby Bears:

* 400 IM *
4:08.80 Gormley (prev PB = 4:13.71 @ March 2017)
4:12.08 Ivey
4:13.94 Clark
4:15.41 Fiorilli
4:15.83 Dimeco
4:16.55 Klinker

IG's PB in the 400 IM falls just a few places out of qualifying for 2018 NCAA FINALS, and she will have a year & a half to make further inroads in her time standards before graduating HS.

* 500 Free *
4:44.26 DiMeco
4:45.58 Gormley
4:46.25 Kalandadze
4:46.73 Klinker
4:49.92 Fiorilli

* 200 IM *
1:55.77 Ivey
1:57.32 Clark
1:58.68 Spitz
1:59.57 Gormley
2:01.49 DiMeco
2:02.88 Fiorilli
2:03.47 Carter
2:04.25 Davidson
2:05.41 Klinker
2:08.53 Kalandadze

Here are some of Gormley's other events when compared to some of the big names in her class, albeit these events aren't necessarily the primary races for most of her peers here, incl. for Gormley:

* 100 Free * = 50.71 - currently faster than #18 Nordmann, #4 Bray, #6 Bacon

* 200 Free * = 1:48.81 - currently faster than #13 Albiero, #16 Cooper, #3 Stadden, #6 Bacon, #5 Dobler & Sticklen

Lots of room for improvements tho in her * 100 Breast * -> 1:11.25 ! (but that's from back in 2016) - a mite surprised that IG's 400 IM times are so strong in spite of her breast speed, reckon it's a testimony to her versatility...

On a sobering note, before we begin to invest a lot of hope for a Cal verbal from Isabel Gormley in these early stages, bearz012 did point to this article from Swimming World where Gormley's admiration for the universally well-liked Lia Neal (ex-furdette Olympian who was instrumental in luring Manual & Ledecky over to the Dark Side) could turn out to be a major influence on her collegiate decision...

Olympic Aspirations Flourish on Manhattan's Upper East Side


Photo Courtesy: Poby/Asphalt Green
UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Just idly thinking out loud here lol - know that we've naturally been all focussed on the 2020 "big guns" (#1 Regan Smith, #2 Alex Walsh, #3 Isabelle Stadden, #4 Olivia Bray, #6 Phoebe Bacon) on these pages...

But am quite curious how some of you may feel about the (purely hypothetical/speculative ) scenario where Teri was to explore other equally promising options instead (taking into account academics, team & school fit, progression curve & upside etc.), and so head in a rather different direction than perhaps originally expected - such as looking at #8 Quinn Schaedler {#3 TX} & Samantha Pearson {#1 CA}...in addition to #3 Isabelle Stadden {#1 MN}, of course?

Still sort of standing by my earlier opinion above, but just wanted to add a wee caution on not losing sight of what should be foremost on Teri's list of priority gets for 2020, as far as stroke & distance are concerned.

In strictly terms of NCAA scoring, Bears will bid a fond farewell to Billy & Bug after 2019 NCAAs, then Abbey, Madds & Keeks at the conclusion of the following season *sniff*

So projected areas of greatest needs will be in sprint & mid-sprint free, along with fly & back (particular in the sprint area, i.e. medley relays).

UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

(back on 3 June 2018)

tedbear said:

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

Interestingly enough, the top sprint-oriented freestyle 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!!)


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

Our 2019 Baby Bears will bring in some welcome relief in the distance & longer fly & IM areas - but gosh, how can one possibly replace an American Record sprinter in Abbey, an elite flyer & rangy freestyler of Katie's caliber (lately discovered sprinter post-neck injury lol), or a super versatile leading backstroker like Amy who just casually happens to be a top level sprint to mid-free ace to boot??!

Hence the importance of securing the bag when it comes to recruiting the top-tier 2020 studs who have yet to commit!

Should imo encompass some permutation of #2 Alex Walsh, #3 Isabelle Stadden, #1 Regan Smith & #6 Phoebe Bacon as reckon these bright prospects will be difference makers to whatever lucky programme they end up signing t,, as well as being potential Olympians.

Keep in mind that of the Top 5, #4 Olivia Bray (->UT) & #5 Kaitlyn Dobler (->'SC) are already off the table, having announced their verbals earlier...

Ideally rounded out by academically-inclined prospects who project to be a good fit with the team... Thinking of #8 Quinn Schaedler, #7 Emma Sticklen (or perhaps freestyle talents #9 Maxine Parker & #16 Grace Cooper??) + a couple of top in-states such as #19 Anicka Delgado who projects to be a relay asset with her free & fly skills (other CA prospects include but not limited to Samantha Pearson, Nicole Oliva, Tea Laughlin) - heck, maybe even an international or mid/lower-tier legacy?

Or are my expectations & hopes over-reaching more than a mite here, even by the uber lofty standards of our famed Golden Bears lol :p
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

(back on 3 Oct 2018)

Just keeping my fingers crossed that Teri & Sarah are forward thinking, having already planned for this era of ever earlier recruiting in the face of NCAA recruiting rule changes, and keeping pace if not staying ahead of the competition in this regard.

Playing host exclusively to the 2019 class made sense in this instance cos of the relatively sizeable contingent of our talented 2019 commits - but OTOH I do hope that the "official" recruiting weekend (also Junior Day), for the top 2020 prospects at least, will be scheduled sooner rather than later out here in Berkeley...if only to pave the way for high profile & favoured 2020 recruits such as Alex Walsh & Isabelle Stadden to verbal here early, thus encouraging other valued targets to follow in a domino effect type of wave...

Now this is pure unfounded *speculation* ...or likely just wishful thinking upon my part lol - but wouldn't it be eva sooo bleeding brilliant if several key members of our Dream Team v2.0 were to have visited Cal recently...or perhaps will be taking a trip to Bear Territory in the near future??!!
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bearz012 said:

Jade and Faith visited 'SC in July 2017, and are both mostly looking at west coast schools (Cal, USC, ASU, LSJU) Doubt either are going to go to LSJU, but USC is defintely a contender.

Jade Hannah -> Trojans

CS ranking as of verbal: #15 Nat, #1 BC

http://instagr.am/p/BtB2X0Qneog
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Some recruits visited Wisconsin recently:


Claire Birchenough, Lola Mull (#22 Nat, #2 MI), Lillie Hosack, Cal Dunn (#33 Nat, #3 IL), Liberty Williams (#56 Nat, 6 CA), Alana Palmer
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Chase: "I've traveled all around the world but have finally found my home at Virginia Tech! I'm excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim for the Hokies #hokienation #sergioszn"

#10 CHASE TRAVIS VERBALLY COMMITS TO VIRGINIA TECH; WILL JOIN SISTER BROOKE IN 2020

http://instagr.am/p/BtW728ujRKd
CS ranking as of verbal: #9 Nat, #1 DE // SwimSwam's #10
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OTG but Liberty Williams (visited Norte Dame, Louisville, Wisconsin) -> UofL
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swimmer19 said:

OTG but Liberty Williams (visited Norte Dame, Louisville, Wisconsin) -> UofL

Also OTG lol, but here's confirmation:
http://instagr.am/p/BteiyzygovM
Liberty Williams - CS ranking as of verbal: #56 Nat, 6 CA
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Catherine: "I am thrilled to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Duke University. I am beyond thankful for the support of my family, friends, coaches and teachers! #GoDuke"



CS ranking as of verbal: #64 Nat, #2 MD

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Elysse: "I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to Auburn University to continue my swimming and academics. I am so grateful for family, friends, teachers, and teammates for supporting me throughout this process. WAR DAMN!! #wareagle #pgswim #scsc#girlslane"



CS ranking as of verbal: #81 Nat, #2 SC

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Caraline: "I'm so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim at the University of Southern California! Thanks to all my family, friends, and coaches for helping me get here. I can't wait to be a Trojan! #fighton"

USC PICKS UP 2020 VERBAL COMMITMENT FROM CARALINE BAKER



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Sydney Whiting (#112 Nat) --> Notre Dame

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Megan Pulley (#97 Nat, #7 VA) --> NC State


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Megan Deuel (#65 Nat, #5 NY) --> Notre Dame
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bearz012 said:


Some recruits visited Wisconsin recently:


Claire Birchenough, Lola Mull (#22 Nat, #2 MI), Lillie Hosack, Cal Dunn (#33 Nat, #3 IL), Liberty Williams (#56 Nat, 6 CA), Alana Palmer
UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

2020 visitors @ LSJU:


Samantha Pearson, Isabel Gormley, Lola Mull, Emma Sticklen, Emma Weyant, and Janelle Rudolph (#1 WA, #47 Nat)

Lola: "So excited to announce my verbal commitment to continue my academic and athletic career at Northwestern University! Go Cats!!"

WINTER JUNIORS CHAMP LOLA MULL ANNOUNCES VERBAL TO NORTHWESTERN



CS ranking as of verbal: #22 Nat, #2 MI
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bearz012 said:

#19 Anicka Delgado seen visiting USC for the second time today, seems like an $C lean.

Anicka Delgado -> Trojans

http://instagr.am/p/BtzSDVGhqjA

CS Ranking as of commit: #52 Nat, #5 CA
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bearz012 said:


Thought I'd compile a list of visits from each recruit in SS's top 20 plus some others...

All visits by top 2020 recruits (official & unofficial, ? = unsure of visit):
#9 Maxine Parker {IL}: Texas ?, UVA, UGA

Maxine: "I'm super excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Georgia. Thanks to all my family, friends and coaches for helping me get here! Go Dawgs!!"

JR PAN PACS CHAMP, #9 MAXINE PARKER, SENDS VERBAL COMMITMENT TO UGA



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Ellie: "So excited to announce my commitment to swim for the University of Texas!! I can't wait to be a part of such an amazing team and school! Hook'em!!"



CS ranking as of commit: (#6 TX, #148 Nat)
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