Bears Rewrite Record Book Against USC, UCLA
BERKELEY – On a full day at Spieker Aquatics Complex, Cal rewrote much of its record book by setting five pool records and seven dual-meet records in competitions against USC and UCLA.
The Golden Bears started in the morning by completing a two-day meet vs. the Trojans, a duel they won, 207-119. Cal then returned in the afternoon to begin a two-day event against UCLA, and Bears and Bruins will resume their matchup Sunday morning, with Cal leading, 133-53.
Against USC, Cal wrapped up the meet by capturing eight of nine events. The Bears kicked off the session with a dual-meet and pool mark in the 200-yard medley relay when Isabelle Stadden, Ema Rajic, Isabel Ivey and Emily Gantriis finished in 1:35.83. Not only was it an NCAA A cut and the fourth-best time in the country this year, but it also snapped a four-year-old record by nearly a full second.
Up next, Robin Neumann shaved more than two seconds off the Cal dual-meet record in the 500 free with her winning time of 4:40.02 (Ayla Spitz later lowered the record even more). The old mark of 4:42.71 set by Ashley Chandler in 2006 was the longest standing Cal dual record.
Ivey followed with a pool and dual-meet mark of 51.54 in the 100 fly. Olympian Dana Vollmer held the previous record (51.79 in 2008), while Stanford's Elaine Breeden had owned the pool record of 51.70 from 2007.
Other winners on the day were Rajic (200 breast, 2:07.72), Stadden (200 back, 1:52.46), Ivey (200 free, 1:44.93) and Elise Garcia with a PR 22.38 in the 50 free.
The records kept falling against the Bruins. Those that changed hands in the afternoon were:
- 200 free relay (Eloise Riley, Emily Gantriis, Elise Garcia, Isabel Ivey) – 1:27.57 (pool and dual-meet record)
- 200 individual medley (Alicia Wilson) – 1:53.58 (pool and dual-meet record)
- 500 free (Ayla Spitz) – 4:39.86 (dual-meet record)
- 100 free (Isabel Ivey) – 47.53 (pool and dual-meet record)
- 200 fly (Rachel Klinker) – 1:53.51 (dual-meet record)
Of note, Wilson's 200 IM and Ivey's 100 free both rank as the second fastest in the country in their respective events, while Klinker's 200 fly comes in at No. 5 and Spitz's 500 free at No. 8.
In addition, Rajic claimed the 100 breast (58.91), Stadden the 200 back (1:51.17) and Briana Thai the 1-meter springboard (291.98).