12 Bears, 5 Relays Earn Entries To NCAA Championships
A dozen Golden Bears, along with all five of Cal's relays, have earned invitations to the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships slated for March 17-20 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The swimmers combine for 31 individual events.
- Sarah DiMeco – 500 free, 1650 free, 400 IM
- Emily Gantriis – 50 free, 100 free
- Elise Garcia – 50 free, 100 free
- Isabel Ivey – 100 fly, 100 back, 100 free
- Rachel Klinker – 500 free, 100 fly, 200 fly
- Téa Laughlin – 100 back, 200 back
- Robin Neumann – 100 free, 200 free, 500 free
- Ema Rajic – 100 breast, 200 breast
- Eloise Riley – 50 free, 100 free
- Ayla Spitz – 200 free, 500 free, 200 back
- Isabelle Stadden – 100 back, 200 back, 200 IM
- Alicia Wilson – 200 back, 200 IM, 400 IM
Cal's number could grow should Briana Thai earn a spot as a diver. The NCAA Zone E Championships to determine diving entries are set for March 8-10 in Flagstaff, Arizona.
The Bears are coming off a Pac-12 championship at the conference meet, their fifth overall team title and first since 2015. Cal combined for a school-record-tying 12 wins, including a sweep of all five relays. Ivey, who captured the 100 fly, 100 free and 100 back crowns and was a part of four relays, was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Meet. The other individual winners were Rachel Klinker (200 fly), Robin Neumann (200 free), Isabelle Stadden (200 back) and Alicia Wilson (200 IM).
The Bears have finished among the top 3 at each of the last 11 NCAA Championships – the only school in the country to claim that distinction. Within the run are four national titles, which came in 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Cal has finished as the national runner-up each of the last three years the national meet has been held.