2018-2019 Season: Women's Swimming

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HBear said:

Don't know if anyone else caught this, but in an Instagram story re: the TYR Derby shootout meet yesterday, where Amy made her first post-grad debut, she mentioned in an interview afterward that she'll be moving to Arizona to train through 2020. News to me; didn't realize she would choose not to train with Teri (and the admittedly very small women's pro group -- just Dana?) or even move back to Carmel.
Confirmed here:



AMY BILQUIST MOVING BACK TO ARIZONA TO TRAIN FOR 2020

Cal star Amy Bilquist announced she will be moving back to Arizona to train for the 2020 Olympics following her graduation from Cal. She will be training at Scottsdale Aquatic Club under coaches Kevin Zacher and Rob Platt. Bilquist swam at Scottsdale Aquatic Club during her age group years, then moved to Indiana during high school, where she swam for Carmel Swim Club.

Amy provided this statement about her decision to SwimSwam:
"I'll be training at Scottsdale Aquatic Club under Kevin Zacher and Bob Platt. I'm excited to work with both of these amazing coaches and people again as I continue my pursuit of the 2020 Olympics.
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Leaving Cal was not an easy decision for me. I have nothing but great things to say about Teri McKeever and my time at Cal. My teammates at Cal have been some of the most amazing and some of the strongest women I have ever met. Teri has given me the wonderful opportunity to swim and study at such an amazing university, and I could never thank her enough for that. I will forever be grateful for all the things Teri has taught me both inside and outside the pool. The past four years have been nothing short of a blessing and I'll forever be a Golden Bear!

Having said that, I'm very excited to open this new chapter of my swimming career in the state where I first learned to swim, and be able to live with my sister, Berit, one last time".

Bilquist is training to make the Olympic team in 2020. She came in 3rd in the 100 back and 4th in the 200 back at the 2016 US Olympic Trials, narrowly missing the team in both. She had a hugely succesful senior season at Cal, including two NCAA Records. She was part of the NCAA Record breaking 200 and 400 free relays, splitting 20.87 and 46.48 respectively. She also helped the 400 medley relay to an NCAA title, and the 800 free relay to a 2nd place finish. Individually, Bilquist came in 2nd in the 100 back (50.05), and 6th in the 50 (21.52) and 100 free (47.42).

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Amy Bilquist to Train for 2020 Olympics in Scottsdale
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Bloody heck, I was secretly hoping that Alicia would lower her newly-minted 200m IM personal record of 2:14.09 a mite more, and perhaps squeak in just under 2:14, finishing 4th or 5th which would have been smashing...

But crikey, 2:11.60 to claim runner-up, and only a bit over a sec behind British champion Siobhan-Marie O'Connor??!!!!

http://instagr.am/p/BwnCo4bhc7z

Alicia's going to 2019 WUGs - well done!

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World class swimmers selected for World University Games 29/04/2019

A strong team of 14 swimmers has been nominated to represent British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) at this summer's 2019 Universiade. The team will travel to Naples, Italy for the landmark 30th edition of the Summer Universiade which takes place between 3-14 July.

Of the squad headed for Italy, Team Leader Adam Clarke said:

"The World University Games is the second largest multi-sport event after the Olympics, and a great opportunity for British swimmers to compete on the world stage.

We also have two athletes, Emily Barclay and Alicia Wilson, making their senior international debuts and the Games will provide a great opportunity for them to accelerate their development and continue their journey towards future senior success on the world stage."

BUCS team to represent Great Britain at the 2019 Summer Universiade:

Alicia Wilson, England, University of California, Berkeley

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Congrats to Teri!

http://instagr.am/p/Bw7dK-lg2Hl
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USA Swimming Announces Coaching Staffs for International Competitions



  • FINA World Championships
The World Championships coaching staff:
  • Dave Durden (Cal Men's Swimming)
  • Greg Meehan (Stanford Women's Swimming)
  • Teri McKeever (Cal Women's Swimming)
  • Gregg Troy (Gator Swim Club)
  • Ray Looze (Indiana Swimming)
  • Arthur Albiero (Louisville Women's Swimming)
  • Jack Bauerle (Georgia Swimming)
  • David Marsh (Team Elite Aquatics)
Women's Roster
  • Kathleen Baker, 50/100/200 back; 200 IM
  • Mallory Comerford, 100 free
  • Kelsi Dahlia, 50/100 fly
  • Gabby DeLoof, 4x200 free
  • Katie Drabot, 200 fly
  • Hali Flickinger, 200 fly
  • Brooke Forde, 400 IM
  • Margo Geer, 4x100 free
  • Lilly King, 50/100/200 breast
  • Katie Ledecky, 200/400/800/1500
  • Simone Manuel, 50/100 free, 4x200 free
  • Melanie Margalis, 200 IM, 4x200 free
  • Ally McHugh, 400 IM
  • Katie McLaughlin, 100 fly
  • Lia Neal, 4x100 free
  • Allison Schmitt, 200 free, 4x200 free
  • Leah Smith, 400/800 free, 4x200 free
  • Regan Smith, 200 back
  • Olivia Smoliga, 50/100 back
  • Micah Sumrall, 100/200 breast
  • Ashley Twichell, 1500 free
  • Abbey Weitzeil, 50 free, 4x100 free

  • Pan American Games
Women's Roster
  • Haley Anderson, 400/800/1500 free
  • Phoebe Bacon, 100 back
  • Mariah Denigan, 800/1500 free
  • Bethany Galat, 200 breast
  • Margo Geer, 50/100 free
  • Sarah Gibson, 200 fly
  • Molly Hannis, 100 breast
  • Madison Kennedy, 50 free
  • Annie Lazor, 200 breast
  • Helen Moffitt, 100 fly
  • Lia Neal, 100 free
  • Meaghan Raab, 200 free
  • Claire Rasmus, 200 free
  • Meghan Small, 200 IM
  • Isabelle Stadden, 200 back
  • Kendyl Stewart, 100 fly
  • Allie Szekely, 400 IM
  • Alex Walsh, 200 back, 200 IM
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HBear said:

...the TYR Derby shootout meet yesterday, where Amy made her first post-grad debut, she mentioned in an interview afterward that she'll be moving to Arizona to train through 2020.

Excerpts from the (lengthy) SW writeup - wishing Billy all the bear-y best in her forthcoming endeavours!

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Amy Bilquist Renewing Inner 'We Will Rock You' With Move To Scottsdale

by DANIEL D'ADDONA

Amy Bilquist finished her collegiate career in spectacular fashion in March.

But after all of that success in the water, Bilquist stunningly announced last week she would move back to Scottsdale leading up to the 2020 Olympic trials, moving back to her old club team before she moved cross country to Carmel Swim Club before her junior year.

Why change things after all of that success? Bilquist said it was a difficult but tactical decision.

"I looked back on my swimming career and reflected on the periods when I have the more dramatic success, and it has been when I had dramatic changes," Bilquist told Swimming World. "Switching from Arizona to Carmel, I had huge success. Then moving to Cal, same thing. I feel like I am at my best when I am pushed outside my box.

"Of course, my training at Cal will carry over, just like my training at Carmel will carry over."

But it is the extra challenge that has brought the best out of Bilquist in the past.
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"I have always wanted to succeed and be the best I can be. But when you are thrown into a new environment, you are not the best. It pushes me to try harder. It is all about learning things that make me better," she said."

After the 2016 trials, Bilquist wasn't so sure. She had a stellar meet and finished third and fourth in the backstroke events, just missing the (Olympic) team.



"Now having taken perspective on it, I am proud of it. Teri (McKeever) never gave up on telling me I should be proud of myself," she said.

Bilquist returned to Cal after trials and after a strong freshman year. But things changed. She dealt with injuries and never really accomplished what she hoped to in the pool during her sophomore and junior seasons.

Senior year didn't start so well, either, as she was finally cleared after healing from a stress fracture injury only to break her foot the next day after she was cleared.

She somehow was able to push through all of that and have the best meet of her college career at the NCAA Championships, helping Cal get second.

The meet was so full of dominating experiences that Bilquist could only sum it up one way: "It felt like we won."
For Bilquist, the meet was more than a victory it was vindication.



Next year will be all about the Olympic trials, and Bilquist learned so much from her experience four years ago, that she will be ready mentally for the pressure-packed meet.

It is about reminding herself how much she loves the sport.

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A few excerpts...

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Racing for a smile: Abbey Weitzeil, back on top



BY CHANUN ONG | STAFF

Always find your smile.

Inked on her skin, her mantra rang true this year.

The resurgent Cal junior established herself as the nation's top freestyle sprinter as she lowered her own American record in her signature event, setting the national stage ablaze with power, grace, speed and of course, no shortage of smiles.

Her eyes light up when she talks about what drives her.

"I love racing, and I love winning," Abbey says. "I'm a very competitive person. I love racing for team USA and for Cal."

In a world where athletes are taught to "act like they've been there before," Abbey's approach stands out. She takes on each race with vigor and joy that lend themselves to her hand getting to the wall that much faster.

"It's really cheesy, but I stay true to (the words on my tattoo). Always do what makes you happy in the moment," Abbey says.

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Wow - news of the day:

CAL WOMEN'S ASSISTANT COACH SARAH DUNLEAVY LEAVING SWIMMING

Excerpt here:

Cal women's swimming assistant coach Sarah Dunleavy is leaving her position to pursue interests outside of swimming, the school told SwimSwam Friday.

"While this profession has been such a rewarding experience, I am excited for a new chapter ahead," Dunleavy said. "There are too many people to thank who have been instrumental in my life through my coaching journey, and I would like to point out a few."

"First, I would like to thank Teri for an incredible two years. She has been a phenomenal mentor. The hardest part of saying goodbye coaching right now is leaving such a special team and walking away from working with such a special woman. It is comforting to know that Teri and I will have a lasting relationship that extends far beyond swimming. I am grateful for her being by my side and for supporting me through this decision."

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Amy: "We. Did. It."

- Billy, Jenna, Bug
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HBear said:

Though sad to say goodbye to Amy and Katie (plus Jenna) for their leadership, perseverance, and truly unbelievable comebacks/accomplishments/experiences as Bears, can't wait to see how they represent Cal and Team USA in the future.
BearDevil said:

Was a pleasure and joy to watch Billy, McL, and Jenna develop and grow during their Cal careers. The three amigas are extremeley close and it was fitting they all ended up as Tri-Captains as seniors. As noted, Billy's exemplary in and out of the pool. Great swimmer, but also always really eloquent and sincere. McL was the first Dream Teamer to commit and she's been both the emotional heart and soul and undisputed leader ever since.

McL, Billy, and Jenna will be sorely missed. Three exemplary Bear Captains who left it all in the pool and embraced their Cal experience to the fullest. Same for Phoebe. Their leadership kept the team together after losing Thleen, Darcel's NCAA absence, and Abbey's untimely injury. McL, Billy, and Abbey all battled injuries, but their unbreakable bond with Jenna and each other kept the resilient Bears afloat in troubled waters.
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The Women's Senior High School Class of 2015 is One For The Ages

Amy Bilquist
http://instagr.am/p/t4_MnSkIHj NCAA Titles: 5

Katie McLaughlin
http://instagr.am/p/sqvUVQlWx- NCAA Titles: 3


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CalWSwim: "Highest GPA of all graduating female student-athletes at Cal! Congrats, Amy!"

http://instagr.am/p/BxLGYiLgqGP
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CalWSwim: "Molecular & Cell Biology major Kathleen Navas brings home the Golden Bear Award for highest GPA on the team. #GoBears"

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Re-Ranking the Best NCAA Women's Swimmers in Division I From 1-25

Ft. some of our superb Bears!

24. Izzy Ivey:
Ivey's mid-season move to Cal proved to be just what the Golden Bears needed to contend for the national title. Cal came up a bit short at the end but Ivey stepped up in a huge way by getting in two A-Finals on Friday in the 100 fly and 100 back, as well as swimming the lead-off in the American Record 400 free relay. Ivey did, however, provide perhaps the best quote of the NCAA meet by referring to upperclassmen Katie McLaughlin, Amy Bilquist and Abbey Weitzeil as her "cool aunts."

13. Katie McLaughlin:
McLaughlin came up clutch for the Golden Bears with her 100 fly/200 free double on Friday, getting in the A-Final in both events. She also snuck into third place in the 100 fly and broke Natalie Coughlin's Cal school record in the process. She swam on three winning relays for Cal in the 200 free, 400 medley and 400 free, breaking American records in both sprint free relays.

11. Amy Bilquist:
Bilquist was another key member to the Cal team that gave Stanford all it could handle at the meet in Austin. She reached three A-Finals for the first time in her career and also swam on all three of Cal's winning relays. She was the heart and soul of the Cal team that has now finished in the top two eight of the last eleven seasons.

3. Abbey Weitzeil:
Weitzeil finally had the breakout season she had been hoping for since coming to college. She was able to break the American Record in the 50 free that she initially broke in her gap year she took before coming to college in 2016 with a 21.02. Although she sustained an injury to her right arm on the penultimate night of the meet, she was able to come back Saturday and finish fourth in the 100 free and anchor Cal's 400 free relay to a new American Record.

Quick skim: Cal matching Stanford with 4 swimmers (Pitzer, Forde, Ruck, Eastin), with notable names on the list (Tennessee with Small and Brown; Louisville with Comerford and Oglesby; A&M with Pickrem and Belousova, Michigan with Haughey and MacNeil; USC's Hansson, NC State's Hansson) -- no 'Dawgs on the list, notably.
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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Hmmm, personally take exception to Swimming World not having regarded any of our Bears as Top 10 worthy material in their rankings below ~smh~...esp as 3 furdettes were deemed fit for inclusion there.

Ranking the Best NCAA Women's Swimmers in Division I From 1-25

21. Katie McLaughlin, Senior, California

2018 times: 100 fly, 51.17 (Pac-12); 200 fly, 1:52.64 (NCAA)

16. Abbey Weitzeil, Junior, California

2018 times: 50 free, 21.41 (Pac-12); 100 free, 46.63 (Pac-12)

13. Amy Bilquist, Senior, California

2018 times: 50 free, 21.74 (Pac-12); 100 back, 51.28 (Pac-12); 200 back, 1:50.23 (Pac-12)

Redemption of sorts? (still reckon our Golden Bears are undervalued here tho :p)

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Re-Ranking the Best NCAA Women's Swimmers in Division I From 1-25

by ANDY ROSS

Who were the best women's swimmers in the 2018-19 season? As the school year is winding down for most of the country, it is time to look at who were the best swimmers this season.

Back in September, Swimming World ranked the best NCAA Division I women's swimmers from 1-25 as a "pre-season top 25" type list. Now with the season over, we are again revisiting that list, and updating it with the 2019 results.

At the beginning of the season, it was evident that this year's senior class was one of the most impressive of all-time, taking the first three spots on the pre-season list. Although the senior class did not disappoint in 2019, it was this year's junior class that stood out in a big way this year, taking ten of the 25 spots on this list. The senior class accounted for eight of the 25 spots.


24. Izzy Ivey, Freshman, Cal

2019 times: 100 fly, 50.82 (NCAA); 100 back, 50.42 (NCAA)

Pre-season rank: N/A

Ivey's mid-season move to Cal proved to be just what the Golden Bears needed to contend for the national title. Cal came up a bit short at the end but Ivey stepped up in a huge way by getting in two A-Finals on Friday in the 100 fly and 100 back, as well as swimming the lead-off in the American Record 400 free relay. Ivey did, however, provide perhaps the best quote of the NCAA meet by referring to upperclassmen Katie McLaughlin, Amy Bilquist and Abbey Weitzeil as her "cool aunts."


13. Katie McLaughlin, Senior, Cal

2019 times: 100 fly, 49.97 (NCAA); 200 free, 1:42.85 (NCAA); 200 fly, 1:51.09 (NCAA)

Pre-season rank: 21

McLaughlin came up clutch for the Golden Bears with her 100 fly/200 free double on Friday, getting in the A-Final in both events.She also snuck into third place in the 100 fly and broke Natalie Coughlin's Cal school record in the process. She swam on three winning relays for Cal in the 200 free, 400 medley and 400 free, breaking American records in both sprint free relays.


11. Amy Bilquist, Senior, Cal

2019 Times: 50 free, 21.52 (NCAA); 100 back, 50.05 (NCAA); 100 free, 47.01 (Pac-12)

Pre-season rank: 13

Bilquist was another key member to the Cal team that gave Stanford all it could handle at the meet in Austin. She reached three A-Finals for the first time in her career and also swam on all three of Cal's winning relays. She was the heart and soul of the Cal team that has now finished in the top two eight of the last eleven seasons.


3. Abbey Weitzeil, Junior, Cal


2019 Times: 50 free, 21.02 (NCAA); 200 free, 1:41.97 (Pac-12); 100 free, 46.35 (Pac-12)

Pre-season rank: 16

Weitzeil finally had the breakout season she had been hoping for since coming to college. She was able to break the American Record in the 50 free that she initially broke in her gap year she took before coming to college in 2016 with a 21.02. Although she sustained an injury to her right arm on the penultimate night of the meet, she was able to come back Saturday and finish fourth in the 100 free and anchor Cal's 400 free relay to a new American Record.


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Oops, just noticed that HBear has already posted re this SW writeup...nvm
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Oops, just noticed that HBear has already posted re this SW writeup...nvm

Great minds think alike! May have beat you to the bunch, but cheers for your add of photos and the 2019 times/pre-season rank, which I cut from my copy-and-paste. Plus the accolades of these great swimmers deserve a repeat mention!
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Don't miss this!

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:


Here are the results for a couple of our 2019 incoming CA froskis @ CIF State Champs over the weekend:

Reckon the Bruins are going to be very happy with their talented trio of incoming 2019 in-state freshies.

Although unranked by SS in their last edition, all 3 are demonstrating tons of upside with relay value, and will be coming in just in time for UCLA, seeing that the entirety of the Bruins' scoring @ 2019 NCAAs came solely from a pair of seniors on the diving side.

1) Sophia Kosturos - {Miramonte/Crow Canyon->UCLA}
2) Brooke Schaffer - {Saint Francis MV/PASA->UCLA}
3) Daniella Hawkins - {San Ramon/Pleasanton Seahawks->UCLA...had shown an interest in Cal}

Cyndi Gallagher Retires After 31 Years as Head Coach of UCLA Swimming and Diving


Photo Courtesy: Don Liebig

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HEAD COACH CYNDI GALLAGHER RETIRES AT UCLA AFTER 31 SEASONS


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@ 1:49 - Reece's speech (Billy with a background cameo)
@ 3:50 - Group photo featuring Reece, Bug, Savannah, Billy etc at the back



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  • UPDATE ->
Generous Gift Allows Cal Athletics to Launch Cameron Institute



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In the absence of a writeup from SS or SW (thus far) on *Night 1* finals at the 2019 Speedo Grand Challenge held in long course metres @ William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center, Irvine, the live meet results can be perused here:
https://www.socalswim.org/live-results/2019GrandChallenge/

*Day 1* Prelims were reported here earlier:
https://swimswam.com/47-year-old-steve-west-pops-104-99-100-br-lcm-at-nova-grand-challenge/

Anyway here are some results for the Championship (A), Consolation (B) & Bonus (C) finals for the women's team at a quick glance. Note that only the top 4 finishers from morning heats qualify for the A final here, not the usual 8...

Abbey Weitzeil
-> #1, *50m Free* A final - 25.29 (best = 24.28 from 2016)

*50m Free* - Dubs (Champion!)...Bug (3rd)
http://instagr.am/p/Bx3e5usAJc6

Katie McLaughlin
-> #3, *200m IM* A final - 2:15.57 PB (old best = 2:15.59 from 2016)
-> #3, *50m Free* A final - 25.52 (best = 25.19 from 2018)

*200m IM* A final - Bug (3rd)
http://instagr.am/p/Bx3X107FGJD

Keaton Blovad
-> #4, *200m IM* A final - 2:15.68 PB (old best = 2:16.61 from 2018)
-> #3, *100m Breast* C final - 1:13.85 (best = 1:11.67 from 2015)

Cassidy Bayer
-> #4, *400m Free* A final - 4:19.54 PB (old best = 4:20.93 from 2015)

Alicia Wilson
-> #4, *100m Breast* A final - 1:10.71 PB (old best = 1:12.71 from 2014)

Izzy Ivey
-> #1, *200m IM* B final - 2:17.23 (best = 2:15.93 from 2016)
-> #1, *50m Free* C final - 26.30 (best = 25.21 from 2018)

Elizabeth Bailey
-> #1, *400m Free* C final - 4:25.52 (best = 4:20.93 from 2015)

Courtney Mykkanen
-> #6, *200m IM* C final - 2:22.73 (best = 2:19.33 from 2012)

Aislinn Light
-> #6, *50m Free* C final - 26.67 (best = 25.21 from 2016)
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OBear073akaSMFan said:

Previously mentioned one is Dannie Dilsaver. Any idea who the other 2 might be? Possible Chenoa Devine?

https://swimswam.com/analyzing-2019-ncaa-transfer-data-what-weve-seen-and-whats-in-store/

UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

Random observer said:

Anybody see that my krustritz from Denison was swimming as CAL affiliated at the speedo grand challenge meet? I think she has one more year of eligibility... are we going to see her as a bear in the fall?
-cheers

Thank you for the observation - same thought had crossed me mind, but didn't comment on it at the time pending future official confirmation (or possible typo lol)...

KT Kustritz


If Denison's KT Kustritz is indeed transferring to Cal next semester, here's how her breaststroke times would compare to her potential future teammates...haven't included Dubs, Keeks or Alicia below as they aren't breast specialists per se:

*100 Breast* - 58.97 (Rajic), 59.52 (Harrison), 59.77 (Kustritz*), 1:01.43 (Buckley), 1:01.71 (Dilsaver**), 1:02.81 (Skorus-Neely), 1:03.13 (Tuck), 1:03.56 (Davidson)

*200 Breast* - 2:10.21 (Harrison), 2:10.47 (Rajic), 2:12.27 (Kustritz*), 2:13.20 (Buckley), 2:14.02 (Dilsaver**), 2:16.28 (Tuck), 2:17.78 (Skorus-Neely), 2:20.12 (Davidson)

FWIW (not much lol, since this isn't usually raced at the collegiate level), here are some stats for the *50 Breast* individual:

*50 Breast* - 27.89 (Rajic), 27.96 (Kustritz*), 30.75 (Harrison), 31.71 (Dilsaver**), 31.85 (Buckley), 33.30 (Davidson), 33.36 (Skorus-Neely), 36.20 (Tuck)

I'm not at all conversant with Division III Swimming & Diving, but it seems that Kustritz was a double national champion in the 100 & 200 Breast @ the 2019 & 2018 editions of NCAAs, plus repeat runner-up in the 200 IM.

Also laid down a 27.19 breast split on an NCAA D3 record-breaking 200 MR relay squad (for reference, Ema's split in this relay was a 27.28 @ 2019 NCAAs, whilst Abbey killed it with a 26.68 @ 2018 NCAAs, let's not forget Ali with her amazing 26.75 @ 2018 Pac-12s!), as well as contributing to Denison's 2nd place 400 MR, and anchoring their 3rd place 200 FR & 400 FR teams in 2019.

As for KT's performance @ the Speedo Grand Challenge tonight, she had placed 2nd in the *100m breast* B final with a 1:11.89 (best = 1:10.95 from 2018)...
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USA SWIMMING ANNOUNCES WHITLEY, FOSTER AMONG JUNIORS FOR MARE NOSTRUM

USA Swimming has announced the rosters of juniors who will travel internationally to both the Mare Nostrum tour in June and the Mel Zajac Jr. International meet this weekend.

You can view the full release with both rosters here.

The Mare Nostrum roster includes a number of standouts from last summer's Junior Pan Pacs, including gold medalists Phoebe Bacon, Gretchen Walsh, Emma Weyant, Carson Foster, Izzy Ivey, Alex Walsh and Adam Chaney. The roster includes 18 juniors, which is nearly double last year's roster of 10.


JIMBO commented: "Let's go Izzy!"

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Just a quick (incomplete) update as I'm out & abouts for the long weekend, and Night 2 of the Speedo Grand Challenge isn't yet at the half way mark as I'm writing...

- Katie McLaughlin won the *200m Free* super final in 1:57.62...sole sub-2 minute swim amongst the entire field of 85.

Really promising performance here, as Bug has been faster than that on only 3 other occasions, with her top 2 swims coming from 2018 Pan Pacs (best = 1:56.88), i.e. in full taper mode back then, unlike here.

For a bit of context, only 2 swimmers went faster in this event at the Bloomington PSS & Atlanta Classic meets last week - furdette Olympians Ledecky (1:55.80) & Manuel (1:57.24).

McL will be following up with a tough double in the *100m Fly*, as will Izzy who looks to be a bit beaten up in heavy training judging by her times thus far at this meet.

http://instagr.am/p/Bx59tW7AM6f

- Ayla Spitz's 2:01.51 was good for 3rd in the B final of the *200m Free* (actually faster than Abbey & Izzy's 2:02s that merited 3rd & 4th in the A final!). 4th fastest of her career (best = 2:00.74 from 2018), and earns her 1st Olympic Trials cut

http://instagr.am/p/Bx6ApPiAXRp

  • Breaking update => Katie's 58.46 = runner-up in the *100m Fly* A final (best = 57.51 from 2018 Summer Nationals)
http://instagr.am/p/Bx6GzsPAikM
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A few quick stats from the last session of the 2019 Speedo Grand Challenge.

*100m Free* results not yet officially posted...if I get a chance tomorrow, will add links for SS or SW's writeups - when they are eventually published...
  • UPDATE #1 -> *100m Free* results now officially updated!
Katie McLaughlin
-> #1, *200m Fly* A final - 2:09.52...Fastest time since Kazan 2015! (best = 2:06.95 from that 2015 World Champs)
-> #1, *100m Free* A final - 54.46 (best = 54.14 from 2018 Pan Pacs)

Keaton Blovad
-> #1, *100m Back* A final - 1:00.97 (best = 1:00.95 from 2018)
-> #2, *100m Free* C final - 57.34 PB (old best = 57.58 from 2015)

Abbey Weitzeil
-> #2, *100m Free* A final - 54.69 (best = 53.28 from 2016 Olympic Trials)

Cassidy Bayer
-> #2, *200m Fly* A final - 2:12.25 (best = 2:07.97 from 2016)

Izzy Ivey
-> #1, *100m Back* B final - 1:01.87 (best = 1:01.36 from 2017)
-> #13, *100m Free* Prelims (skipped finals) - 57.52 (best = 54.95 from 2016 Jr Pan Pacs)

Alicia Wilson
-> #3, *100m Back* B final - 1:03.38 (best = 1:01.68 from BSC 2019)
-> #1, *100m Free* C final - 57.01 (best = 56.70 from BSC 2017)

Ayla Spitz
-> #4, *100m Back* B final - 1:03.38 (best = 1:02.44 from 2018 Jr Nationals)
-> #5, *100m Free* B final - 57.19 (best = 56.43 from 2018 Jr Nationals)

Aislinn Light
-> #6, *100m Back* B final - 1:04.51 (best = 1:03.48 from 2016)

Courtney Mykkanen
-> #7, *100m Back* B final - 1:04.68 (best = 1:01.88 from 2013)

KT Kustritz
-> #3, *200m Breast* C final - 2:41.91 (best = 2:40.26 from 2016)

  • UPDATE #2 =>
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GORBENKO SETS ISRAELI RECORD, SELISKAR GOES 1:47 FR/2:00 IM AT NOVA CHALLENGE

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MCLAUGHLIN PUTS UP WORLD TOP-25 200 FR AT NOVA GRAND CHALLENGE



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RECORDS FALL AND MCLAUGHLIN FLIES ON FINAL DAY OF NOVA GRAND CHALLENGE

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MCLAUGHLIN SWIMS FIRST SUB-2:10 200 METER FLY SINCE 2015



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DOLFIN SWIM OF THE WEEK: DON'T COUNT OUT KATIE MCLAUGHLIN


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HBear said:

Wow - news of the day:

CAL WOMEN'S ASSISTANT COACH SARAH DUNLEAVY LEAVING SWIMMING

Welcome to Cal, Coach Korman!

DANI KORMAN WILL BE THE NEW ASSISTANT WOMEN'S SWIMMING COACH AT CAL

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Dani Korman's MIT bio




Dani Korman's Yale bio

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Dani Korman Joins Cal Women's Swimming as Assistant Coach



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Dani Korman Joins Bears As Assistant Coach

Cal Adds MIT Men's And Women's Head Coach To Staff

BERKELEY - Dani Korman will join the Cal women's swimming & diving program as an assistant coach after serving the past four season as the head men's and women's coach at MIT, Golden Bear head coach Teri McKeever announced Thursday.

"I am excited to add Dani to our program here at Cal," McKeever said. "She understands the breadth it takes to run a program, having gained valuable experience as a head coach managing both men's and women's teams. Dani has also worked at several elite academic institutions and appreciates the rigor it takes for student-athletes to succeed at a high level. I believe she will help us continue our tradition at Cal and am looking forward to her becoming a part of our team this summer."

"I would like to thank Teri McKeever for this incredible opportunity to join the Cal swimming & diving family," Korman said. "Teri has set the highest standard of excellence in the classroom, as well athletically at the national and international level - a standard I am excited to continue to foster. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Teri and to teach, grow and empower the women of Cal swimming & diving as student-athletes and individuals. I cannot wait to get started at Berkeley. Go Bears!"

Korman joins a Cal program that has placed among the top three nationally each of the past 11 years - the longest current streak in the country. During the run, the Bears have won four NCAA championships (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2014) and were the national runner-up last year. Korman replaces Sarah Dunleavy, who decided to pursue interests outside of swimming. She will begin her duties at Cal in early July.

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UrsusArctosCalifornicus said:

If Denison's KT Kustritz is indeed transferring to Cal next semester

But then again, perhaps not lol...seems to be just a temporary arrangement (summer training), according to (my understanding of) this Swimswam writeup published today:

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DIII RECORD HOLDER KT KUSTRITZ SPENDING SUMMER TRAINING AT CAL



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KT's between Alicia & Natalie on the left...
http://instagr.am/p/ByHUAOJA3oN

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