2020 Women's Swimming Recruiting

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Thank you!!
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

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Not that Meehan's Furdette Machine will be giving much ground to the "upstart" challenger anytime soon...

Based on the as yet uncommitted top talent who have taken trips to the Farm - #1 Regan Smith, #9 Emma Weyant, #10 Lillie Nordmann, #14 Isabel Gormley, #24 Janelle Rudolph & #34 Samantha Pearson (national rankings according to College Swimming) - LSJU would easily lay a legit claim to the #2 spot (if not the top) for this uber recruiting class - if the Trees can secure a majority of those 6 listed top prospects, starting with Regan!

There's some speculation that Pearson may be Ivies bound though, based upon her parents' legacies...
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Looks like #1 Gretchen Walsh, #2 Torri Huske, #5 Ashley Strouse, and HM Meghan Lynch visited LSJU today with the 2020 commits......

http://instagr.am/p/B3AJahjHwwV

Regan Smith, #5 Ashley Strouse, #1 Gretchen Walsh, #2 Torri Huske

The 2020 Sapling commits contingent over the weekend did number #34 Samantha Pearson amongst them (2nd photo in Regan's IG post below):

http://instagr.am/p/B3AJahjHwwV
This being Pearson's follow-up visit might well imply that SP is more likely to be bound for the Farm than to an Ivy?



Samantha: "I'm so excited to announce my verbal commitment to swim and study at Stanford University next fall. I want to thank my family, teammates, coaches, and teachers for all their help and support. Go Card!!"



CS ranking: (#29 Nat, #1 CA) // SwimSwam HM
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Also seems like we have two dive commits! Kayla Haigh and Francesca Colby, both out of California.

Kayla: "I'm beyond excited to finally announce my verbal commitment to the University of California, Berkeley where I will continue my academic and athletic career in the graduating class of 2024. "
http://instagr.am/p/B0brfNygPoP
http://instagr.am/p/B3Aga1fgWxO

I know little to nothing about diving, but here are some dives:



HBear
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Gracie Felner switching her commitment from Cal to 'Bama:

SPRINTER GRACIE FELNER CHANGES VERBAL FROM CAL TO ALABAMA FOR FALL 2020



(As formerly reported on here; hails from the same club team as baby bear DiMeco).
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#8 Quinn Schaedler -> UM

CS ranking as of commit: #33 Nat, #3 TX

#8 QUINN SCHAEDLER SENDS VERBAL TO MICHIGAN WOLVERINES FOR 2020
HM Quinn Schaedler: I am so excited to announce my verbal commitment to the University of Virginia!! This decision would not have been possible without the support from my family, friends, and coaches. I'm so excited to continue my athletic and academic career here! GO HOOS!

QUINN SCHAEDLER CHANGES 2020 COMMITMENT FROM MICHIGAN TO VIRGINIA


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1-2 finish for a pair of Bears!

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Isabelle Stadden Sweeps Backstrokes with 200 Win at TYR Pro Series Clovis

16-year-old Isabelle Stadden posted a strong win in the 200 back, coming in right on her lifetime best at 2:08.67. The swim is a best for this year for Stadden, and bumps her up to tenth in the world so far this year. She is the fourth-best American.

2019 PRO SWIM SERIES GREENSBORO: DAY 3 FINALS LIVE RECAP

WOMEN'S 200 BACK FINALS

Top 3:
Teenager Isabelle Stadden and World medalist Kathleen Baker duked out an epic battle to now post the top 2 times in the nation and the world for the 2019-2020 season. Stadden's efforts also broke her lifetime best of 2:08.24, which now ranks her 5th all-time in 17-18 age group history.

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TYR Pro Swim Series: Katie Ledecky Drops Strong Early-Season Marker for 200 Free Triumph

A deep field behind world-record holder Regan Smith has been building for some time in the 200 backstroke, and Isabelle Stadden has plans to contend for a trip to Japan.

The 2018 Junior Pan Pacifc champ, Stadden won her prime event in 2:08.16, touching nearly a second clear of Kathleen Baker (2:09.05). Third place went to Katharine Berkoff in 2:12.74.

Out in 1:03.92, Stadden was third at the midpoint, but had the most endurance, as she came home in 1:04.24 to nearly even-split the race.

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2019 PRO SWIM SERIES GREENSBORO: DAY 4 FINALS LIVE RECAP

WOMEN'S 100 BACK FINALS

Top 3:
Moving up to the top US time thus far is teenager Isabelle Stadden, whose time of 1:00.24 is now 6th in the world this year.

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


1-2 finish for a pair of Bears!

UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Isabelle Stadden Sweeps Backstrokes with 200 Win at TYR Pro Series Clovis

16-year-old Isabelle Stadden posted a strong win in the 200 back, coming in right on her lifetime best at 2:08.67. The swim is a best for this year for Stadden, and bumps her up to tenth in the world so far this year. She is the fourth-best American.

2019 PRO SWIM SERIES GREENSBORO: DAY 3 FINALS LIVE RECAP

WOMEN'S 200 BACK FINALS

Top 3:
Teenager Isabelle Stadden and World medalist Kathleen Baker duked out an epic battle to now post the top 2 times in the nation and the world for the 2019-2020 season. Stadden's efforts also broke her lifetime best of 2:08.24, which now ranks her 5th all-time in 17-18 age group history.

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TYR Pro Swim Series: Katie Ledecky Drops Strong Early-Season Marker for 200 Free Triumph

A deep field behind world-record holder Regan Smith has been building for some time in the 200 backstroke, and Isabelle Stadden has plans to contend for a trip to Japan.

The 2018 Junior Pan Pacifc champ, Stadden won her prime event in 2:08.16, touching nearly a second clear of Kathleen Baker (2:09.05). Third place went to Katharine Berkoff in 2:12.74.

Out in 1:03.92, Stadden was third at the midpoint, but had the most endurance, as she came home in 1:04.24 to nearly even-split the race.

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Isa has always been a great long course swimmer, and I really hope she makes it to Tokyo for 2020. Cal is so lucky to have her manning the backstroke for the next four years.
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swimmer19 said:

Isabelle Stadden to Cal!

http://instagr.am/p/BwUiMkrHpWb





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Love this! Can't wait for Isa to get on campus.
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juarezbear said:

Who's the commit?

A beary speculative guess would be Emily Gantriis (DEN)

Reckon we'll just have to wait for an official announcement of some sort...likely once NLIs get signed, starting on *Wed 13 Nov*

Yay, a massive welcome to Bear Territory, Emily Gantriis!!

(swipe to see all our 2020 Baby Bear signees)
http://instagr.am/p/B40sFaCgkmL

This is a key get for Cal indeed, as Emily will fill in that much needed sprint free slot to complement and help balance out to a degree our mid/distance freestyle oriented signees (Nicole, Mara) and backstrokers (Isabelle, Tea, Mara) for the class.

Our much sought-after Danish Baby Bear will also replace/upgrade the hole left by the decommitment of sprinter Gracie Felner to Alabama...here are their comparative swim stats:

EVENT:: (LCM) Gantriis // Felner

50 Free::: (25.49) 22.10 // 23.22
100 Free:: (55.61) 48.30 // 49.32
200 Free:: (2:01:38) 1:45.78 // 1:47.58
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Bears Add 7 Recruits For 2020-21

Class Brings Strong National, International Experience To Cal

BERKELEY - Cal women's swimming & diving head coach Teri McKeever announced the signing of seven recruits to National Letters of Intent Wednesday, adding five swimmers and two divers to the Golden Bears' roster.

"This group has a good balance of national and international experience," McKeever said. "We feel they will come in and develop into significant contributors for us in the years to come. They are good fits academically and are interested in getting a world-class education to go with their world-class athletic experience."

Heading the class is Isabelle Stadden, a backstroke specialist from Blaine, Minnesota. A member of the U.S. National Team, Stadden earned a bronze medal in the 200-meter back at the Pan American Games this past summer and captured a gold medal in the 200 back at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships in 2018.

Two other members of the group competed at the World Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, in July 2019. Emily Gantriis swam for her home country of Denmark, placing 37th in the 200-meter free. She also owns a bronze medal in the 400 free relay from the 2018 European Championships. In addition, Nicole Oliva represented the Philippines at both the 2017 and 2019 world meets, most recently taking 31st in the 400 free at the 2019 championships.

Mara Allen, a freestyler from Folsom who own school records in the 50, 100 and 200 free, and Tea Laughlin, a three-time team Swimmer of the Year from Ventura, round out the list of swimmers joining the Bears for 2020-21.

Cal also added a pair of talented divers from the Mission Viejo Nadadores in Southern California. Francesca Colby has competed at Junior Olympics nationals since 2014 and was a finalist on platform in the 14-15 age group in 2015, while Kayla Haigh started diving at Junior Nationals in 2011 and placed 13th at the CIF state meet this past year.

As a team, the Golden Bears have finished among the top 3 at the NCAA Championships each of the past 11 years, a run that has included four national titles.

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus
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(contd)...

Capsules on Cal's Recruiting Class:

Mara Allen - Folsom, Calif. / Vista Del Lago HS
Set school records in the 50, 100 and 200 free named her team's MVP and led her high school team to the league title top times are 23.36 in the 50-yard free, 50.67 in the 100-yard free and 1:49.43 in the 200-yard free born in San Jose, Costa Rica.

Francesca Colby - Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. / Trabuco Hills HS
Placed 32nd on 3-meter and 35th on 1-meter at the 2019 USA Diving 16-18 Junior National Championships has competed at Junior Olympics since 2014 and was a finalist on platform at JO Nationals in 2015 (14-15 age group) dives for the Mission Viejo Nadadores father was a member of the track & field team at Boston College.

Emily Gantriis - Helsinge, Denmark / Hilleroed Handelsskole HS
Represented her home country at the 2019 World Championships, where she placed 37th in the 200m free (2:05.44) earned a bronze medal in the 400m free relay at the 2018 European Championships claimed a gold medal in the 400m free relay at the 2016 European Junior Championships member of Denmark's Junior National Team from 2015-16 and has been on the National Team since 2017 top long-course times are 25.59 in the 50m free, 55.61 in the 100m free and 2:01.38 in the 200m free in addition to swimming, has also participated in gymnastics, handball and unicycle.

Kayla Haigh - Irvine, Calif. / Santa Margarita Catholic HS
Competed at Junior Nationals in diving for the first time in 2011 got into the sport of diving by watching the men's platform competition at the 2008 Beijing Olympics a 2019 All-American and the 2019 Santa Margarita Invitational champion placed 13th at the 2019 CIF state championships led her high school to the CIF state title member of the California Scholarship Federation has dived for the Missional Viejo Nadadores since 2011.

Tea Laughlin - Ventura, Calif. / El Camino HS
Named her school's Swimmer of the Year the past three years set school record in the 100 back, 200 IM and 200 medley relay helped El Camino to the 2019 league title sister, Solana, swam at UC Davis swims for the Buenaventura Swim Club, which also produced Cal junior Ali Harrison.

Nicole Oliva - Santa Clara, Calif. / St. Francis HS
Competed at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships for the Philippines also represented the Philippines at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Argentina ... the 2018 and 2019 Central Coast section champion in the 200 and 500 free at the CIF state meet, was the runner-up in the 500 free in 2018 and took third in the event in 2019 a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American and an NISCA All-American member of the California Scholarship Federation swims for the Santa Clara Swim Club.

Isabelle Stadden - Blaine, Minn. / Blaine HS
Rated the No. 3 recruit in the country by SwimSwam.com won the 200m back at the Pro Swim Series in Greensboro earlier this month, swimming a lifetime-best 2:08.16, which puts her fifth all-time in the 17-18 age group captured a silver medal in the 200m back at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, this past summer (2:08.39) won a gold medal and set a meet record in the 200m back (2:08.81) at the 2018 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Fiji finished third in the 200m back (2:08.24) at the 2018 Phillips 66 Nationals a three-time state champion who owns 10 school records member of the U.S. National Team swims for the Aquajets, the same club program that produced former Cal national champion backstroker Rachel Bootsma.
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

juarezbear said:

Who's the commit?

A beary speculative guess would be Emily Gantriis (DEN)

Reckon we'll just have to wait for an official announcement of some sort...likely once NLIs get signed, starting on *Wed 13 Nov*

Yay, a massive welcome to Bear Territory, Emily Gantriis!!

(swipe to see all our 2020 Baby Bear signees)
http://instagr.am/p/B40sFaCgkmL

This is a key get for Cal indeed, as Emily will fill in that much needed sprint free slot to complement and help balance out to a degree our mid/distance freestyle oriented signees (Nicole, Mara) and backstrokers (Isabelle, Tea, Mara) for the class.

Our much sought-after Danish Baby Bear will also replace/upgrade the hole left by the decommitment of sprinter Gracie Felner to Alabama...here are their comparative swim stats:

EVENT:: (LCM) Gantriis // Felner

50 Free::: (25.49) 22.10 // 23.22
100 Free:: (55.61) 48.30 // 49.32
200 Free:: (2:01:38) 1:45.78 // 1:47.58

Great pickup. Noticed her age is 20yr (5/29/99) and this coming May will be 21 yrs old. Perhaps she can be an early enrolled? If not how many yrs of eligibility will she have?
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Emily's commitment is absolutely huge for our Bears, if we want to continue our top 3 streak. I'm not saying that she is on the same level as Abbey, but she will be asked to fill in the void. With Eloise, Izzy, and now Emily, our sprints will be in good shape for the future, but of course, it could be more complete, and insanely better if we also get a commitment from the Golden Ticket, who is definitely on Abbey's level.
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Cal will be losing three point scorers in this senior class: Abbey Weitzeil, Maddie Murphy & Keaton Blovad.

In the incoming 2020 class of five swimmers, are there three recruits that have potential to replace them? I would guess that #3 ranked recruit, Isabelle Stadden, could be a bigtime backstroker. She could help offset the loss of star Abbey Weitzeil. Can Tea Laughlin, Emily Gantriis (Denmark), Nicole Oliva (Saint Francis (CCS)) c/o the Phillipines and/or Mara Allen fill the roles of MM & KB? GO BEARS!
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Yay, a massive welcome to Bear Territory, Emily Gantriis!!

This is a key get for Cal indeed, as Emily will fill in that much needed sprint free slot to complement and help balance out to a degree our mid/distance freestyle oriented signees (Nicole, Mara) and backstrokers (Isabelle, Tea, Mara) for the class.

Our much sought-after Danish Baby Bear will also replace/upgrade the hole left by the decommitment of sprinter Gracie Felner to Alabama...here are their comparative swim stats:

EVENT:: (LCM) Gantriis // Felner

50 Free::: (25.49) 22.10 // 23.22
100 Free:: (55.61) 48.30 // 49.32
200 Free:: (2:01:38) 1:45.78 // 1:47.58


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DANISH NATIONAL TEAM-ER EMILY GANTRIIS JOINS CAL CLASS OF 2024



Danish sprinter Emily Gantriis has signed a national letter of intent (NLI) with the Cal women, making the class of 2024 grow to seven women.

TOP TIMES (LCM/SCY converted)
  • 50 free - 25.49 / 22.24
  • 100 free - 55.61 / 48.65
  • 200 free - 2:01.38 / 1:46.46
  • 400/500 free - 4:23.22 / 4:54.92
Gantriis competed for Denmark at the 2019 World Championships this past summer, where she swam to a 37th-place finish in the 200 free (2:05.44). Recently, Gantriis competed at the Budapest stop of the 2019 FINA World Cup tour, where she reached the final in the 50 free and 100 free. She posted a 25.67 for sixth in the 50 and a 56.39 for seventh in the 100, though she was a bit quicker in prelims (56.04).

Gantriis is an important snag; Cal needs sprint talent to mitigate the losses of outgoing American record-holding sprinters Abbey Weitzeil (individual 50y free, 200y and 400y free relays) and Maddie Murphy (200y free relay). While the incoming class has some freestyle firepower, it doesn't have the pure sprint spark that other top programs have coming in; that said, Gantriis' long course prowess in the 50 and 100 free would rank very highly in any of the high school classes of recent memory.

With her converted times, Gantriis looks likely to jump onto Cal relays from the get-go. She's also at Pac-12 A-final level speed in the 50 and 100 free and in B-level range in the 200 free, while her 50 free and 100 free converted time would've missed NCAA individual invites by hundredths to last season. Gantriis would've ranked #4 in the 50 free, #5 in the 200 free, and #6 in the 100 free on Cal's roster last year.

Gantriis joins Isabelle Stadden, Nicole Oliva, Mara Allen, Francesca Colby, Kayla Haigh, and Ta Laughlin in Cal's class of 2024 on the women's side; they all signed NLIs today.

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  • UPDATES =>

CS ranking as of signing date (13 Nov 2019): #77 Nat



CS ranking upgrade! (evening of 14 Nov - cheers tedbear for the heads up ) -> #23 Nat

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Bears Add 7 Recruits For 2020-21

Class Brings Strong National, International Experience To Cal

BERKELEY - Cal women's swimming & diving head coach Teri McKeever announced the signing of seven recruits to National Letters of Intent Wednesday, adding five swimmers and two divers to the Golden Bears' roster.

"This group has a good balance of national and international experience," McKeever said. "We feel they will come in and develop into significant contributors for us in the years to come. They are good fits academically and are interested in getting a world-class education to go with their world-class athletic experience."

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Thanks for posting! Looking thru their resume, no fly or breast in this group. As someone mentioned earlier with Ivey & Bayer graduating in 2021 it would be nice to bring in another flyer to add to our future. Are there any other recruits still available..maybe another international swimmer?
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OBear073akaSMFan said:

Thanks for posting! Looking thru their resume, no fly or breast in this group. As someone mentioned earlier with Ivey & Bayer graduating in 2021 it would be nice to bring in another flyer to add to our future. Are there any other recruits still available..maybe another international swimmer?
Don't worry OBear. This is the Class of 2020. Teri is looking at multiple Flyers and Breaststrokers for the Class of 2021.
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tedbear said:

OBear073akaSMFan said:

Thanks for posting! Looking thru their resume, no fly or breast in this group. As someone mentioned earlier with Ivey & Bayer graduating in 2021 it would be nice to bring in another flyer to add to our future. Are there any other recruits still available..maybe another international swimmer?
Don't worry OBear. This is the Class of 2020. Teri is looking at multiple Flyers and Breaststrokers for the Class of 2021.

Well, at a glance, we'd be bidding a sad farewell to seniors Dubs (free), Keeks (back/im/free), Madds (fly/free), Coco (back/im), Aisy (back/free), Alexa B (breast/im) after 2020 NCAAs.

Would naturally be fab to reload with a *FLY* stud in this 2020 class to make up for Maddie's loss...but meanwhile we still have versatile Izzy to call upon, with potential depth in the guise of Cass, Elise, Dani in the sprint fly dept, and Rachel, Ashlyn, Sarah in the longer distance butterfly - assuming suitable development + recovery from injuries all around.

As tedbear had pointed out, Teri & Dani K are already look ahead to the 2021 class to recruit a suitable top fly talent, i.e. #1 Gretchen Walsh (well #2 Huske would be a top candidate too if she wasn't looking more & more like a Furdette or Ivies lean), supported by in-state Cal visitor Mia Kragh, and Cal commit McKenna Stone (with further improvements, freestyle being her primary stroke).

Another impactful flyer if we were to scout north of the border would be Gigi Sasseville (#26 Nat, #2 ON) who holds a promising sprint fly best of 59.76.

Closer home, relatively lower profile (outside of SS' Top 20) but talented butterfly prospects may include Morgan Brophy (#56 Nat, #2 AZ), Lily Gardner (#90 Nat, #2 OR) for consideration...assuming academics, team fit & mutual interest are a go.

Bears probably won't be graduating any NCAA scoring *BREASTSTROKERS* after this season (other than Abbey who's much more valuable in her primary stroke ) - Ema & Ali will still be around (with Emma in the developmental stages). So less of an urgent need to nail down a breast stud for 2020...although Cal visitor & 2020 Bruins commit Bailey Herbert (#20 Nat, #2 BC) would have been a nice catch.

As for the 2021 class... sprint breast candidates who have yet to commit may include Berkeley visitor Ellie Andrews (#12 Nat, #1 OH), Kiwi Brearna Crawford (#24 Nat), SJ local Skyler Smith (#134 Nat, #13 CA).

A good distance breast prospect would be HM Annika McEnroe (#34 Nat, SC #1) , who's quite versatile with strengths additionally in both flys & the longer IM.
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TOP 8 U.S. JUNIOR WOMEN TO WATCH AT THE 2019 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Decorated list here, ft. Alex Walsh (UVA), Gretchen Walsh ('21), Claire Curzan, Torri Huske ('21), Justina Kozan, Emma Weyant (UVA), Phoebe Bacon (Wisconsin), and...

ISABELLE STADDEN

Whereas Bacon is a little bit ahead of Stadden in the 100 (59.02 to 59.69), Stadden has the edge in the 200 with a lifetime best of 2:08.16. Her seed time of 2:08.39 puts her third behind leader Lisa Bratton and Alex Walsh, though; she and Walsh went head-to-head at the 2019 Pan American Games in the 200 back, with Walsh edging her for gold, but Stadden dropped a lifetime best 2:08.16 to win the event at the 2019 Pro Swim Series Greensboro. We're really witnessing an absurd spike in women's backstroke talent, a discipline in which the United States already has a dominant and star-studded history.
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HBear said:

TOP 8 U.S. JUNIOR WOMEN TO WATCH AT THE 2019 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Decorated list here, ft. Alex Walsh (UVA), Gretchen Walsh ('21), Claire Curzan, Torri Huske ('21), Justina Kozan, Emma Weyant (UVA), Phoebe Bacon (Wisconsin), and...

ISABELLE STADDEN
tedbear said:

While in other Cal Swim news, Isa won the 200 Back at the US Open over two of her nemeses Phoebe Bacon and Alex Walsh. Backstroke reinforcements are coming!!!!

https://swimswam.com/2019-u-s-open-championships-day-4-finals-live-recap/

Women's 200 Back

Meet Record: 2:08.42, Hayley McGregory, 2008

A day after one of the biggest upsets of the meet where Phoebe Bacon took down Regan Smith in the 100 back, Bacon was on the other end of that upset on Saturday night in the 200 as another fellow high school senior Isabelle Stadden ran down Bacon on the final 50 of the 200 back with a 2:08.49.

Stadden just missed the US Open meet record of 2:08.42 set by Hayley McGregory in 2008.

Stadden was just off her best time of 2:08.1 from the Pro Swim Series earlier this year in Greensboro as she has also put herself into the talks of making the Olympic team next year in this event.

This final notably did not have world record holder Regan Smith, who will be in the 200 fly later, nor did it have Kathleen Baker, who will be swimming in the ISL Las Vegas final later this month.

Stadden will be a freshman at Cal Berkeley next fall.

Amy Bilquist was fifth at 2:11.28.

Results:
  • 2:08.49, Isabelle Stadden, USA
  • 2:08.82, Phoebe Bacon, USA
  • 2:09.16, Lisa Bratton, USA
  • 2:10.90, Alex Walsh, USA
  • 2:11.28, Amy Bilquist, USA
  • 2:11.56, Ugne Mazuttaityte, LTU
  • 2:12.15, Gabby DeLoof, USA
  • 2:12.36, Jade Hannah, CAN



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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

HBear said:

TOP 8 U.S. JUNIOR WOMEN TO WATCH AT THE 2019 U.S. OPEN CHAMPIONSHIPS

Decorated list here, ft. Alex Walsh (UVA), Gretchen Walsh ('21), Claire Curzan, Torri Huske ('21), Justina Kozan, Emma Weyant (UVA), Phoebe Bacon (Wisconsin), and...

ISABELLE STADDEN
tedbear said:

While in other Cal Swim news, Isa won the 200 Back at the US Open over two of her nemeses Phoebe Bacon and Alex Walsh. Backstroke reinforcements are coming!!!!

https://swimswam.com/2019-u-s-open-championships-day-4-finals-live-recap/

Women's 200 Back

Meet Record: 2:08.42, Hayley McGregory, 2008

A day after one of the biggest upsets of the meet where Phoebe Bacon took down Regan Smith in the 100 back, Bacon was on the other end of that upset on Saturday night in the 200 as another fellow high school senior Isabelle Stadden ran down Bacon on the final 50 of the 200 back with a 2:08.49.

Stadden just missed the US Open meet record of 2:08.42 set by Hayley McGregory in 2008.

Stadden was just off her best time of 2:08.1 from the Pro Swim Series earlier this year in Greensboro as she has also put herself into the talks of making the Olympic team next year in this event.

This final notably did not have world record holder Regan Smith, who will be in the 200 fly later, nor did it have Kathleen Baker, who will be swimming in the ISL Las Vegas final later this month.

Stadden will be a freshman at Cal Berkeley next fall.

Amy Bilquist was fifth at 2:11.28.

Results:
  • 2:08.49, Isabelle Stadden, USA
  • 2:08.82, Phoebe Bacon, USA
  • 2:09.16, Lisa Bratton, USA
  • 2:10.90, Alex Walsh, USA
  • 2:11.28, Amy Bilquist, USA
  • 2:11.56, Ugne Mazuttaityte, LTU
  • 2:12.15, Gabby DeLoof, USA
  • 2:12.36, Jade Hannah, CAN




OMG! That last underwater turn! Kaboom! Her turns and under waters are getting better. Teri might not need to do much refining after all.
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6 SWIMMERS TO WATCH AT 2019 U.S. WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS WEST

ISABELLE STADDEN, 17, AQUAJETS (MN)

One of the better junior backstrokers in the nation (and that's saying something with the current crop of elite juniors), Isabelle Stadden is far-and-away the top seed into both backstroke races this week. Stadden was a silver medalist in the 200-meter back at Pan Ams last summer. Now only about five months into the 17-18 age group, Stadden has a great shot at moving immediately into the top 10 American backstrokers of all-time in that age group.

Her career-best 200 back (1:50.37) would already rank 7th in 17-18 age group history, and that's even without a time drop. And her lifetime-best 100 back (51.23) would be 12th. She's got a shot to become the 6th 17-18 ever (and just the 16th American of any age) to break 1:50 in the 200 back.

The versatile California signee (and high school senior) will have a shot at a few more wins this week as well, swimming the 200 IM (5th seed), 50 free (5th), 100 breast (20th), and 100 free (24th).
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2019 SPEEDO WINTER JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPSWEST: DAY 2 FINALS LIVE RECAP

WOMEN'S 200 YARD IM FINALS
Top 8 finishers:
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  • Isabelle Stadden, AQJT 1:56.55
  • Janelle Rudolph 1:56.65
  • Sam Baron, BC 1:58.86
  • Gracie Felner, BC 1:59.68
  • Lucy Bell, FAST 1:59.70
  • Callahan Dunn, HSC 2:01.26
  • Samantha Pearson, SCAL 2:01.84
  • Jess Yeager, NTRO 2:02.15
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    Huge lifetime best for Isabelle (old PB: 1:59.56 from 2018 NCSAs) as she kicks off her meet with a win!
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    swimmer19 said:

    Huge lifetime best for Isabelle (old PB: 1:59.56 from 2018 NCSAs) as she kicks off her meet with a win!

    Brilliant - a 3 sec drop! Methinks Isabelle may have finally discovered her 3rd event @ NCAAs (Day 2) to complement her superb 100 & 200 Backs!

    That 1:56.55 would actually have earned an invite to 2019 NCAAs (1:56.76 was the cutoff invite time last season for the 200 IM), and within 0.03 sec of securing a B final berth last March, i.e. knocking on scoring territory.

    Izzy, Sarah (Darcel) & Alicia will be the only Bears who have gone faster than Stadden tonight in this event by the time Isa starts her froski season here.

    Oh, that personal best time would also rank 14th= amongst all the Division I swimmers currently for the 2019-2020 season...
     
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