Ivey Doubles Up With 2 Fourth-Place Finishes
GREENSBORO, North Carolina – Four seemed to be the number of the night for the Cal women's swimming & diving team at the NCAA Championships Friday. The Golden Bears posted three fourth-place finishes and maintained their position in fourth place in the team standings.
Isabel Ivey handled two of the fourth-place showings by herself. For the second consecutive NCAA meet, she competed in the 100 fly/100 back double. Ivey started her night with a lifetime-best 50.68 in the 100 fly to take fourth place in the race and move her up to sixth all-time in Cal history.
About 45 minutes later, Ivey was back at the starting blocks for the 100 back. This time, she garnered another fourth-place showing with a season-best time of 50.85. Isabelle Stadden joined Ivey in the final and touched right behind her teammate in fifth in 50.87.
In the 200 free, Robin Neumann earned her third career top-8 finish in three tries, as she captured sixth place with a time of 1:44.26. In the B final, Ayla Spitz came through in 1:45.17, which was good for 11th overall.
Ema Rajic, Cal's school-record holder in the 100 breast, couldn't quite duplicate her effort and finished 14th in 59.17.
Cal closed out the night with a season-best 1:34.98 in the 200 medley relay, also good for the fourth position. The quartet of Stadden, Rajic, Ivey and Elise Garcia hit the wall with the sixth-fastest mark school history.
Briana Thai, battling an injury that held her out of Thursday's 1-meter springboard event, competed on 3-meter and finished 46th.
Virginia continues to lead the team race with 344 points, followed by North Carolina State (241), Texas (224) and Cal (210).
Saturday's schedule features seven events – the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free, platform diving and the 400 free relay. Prelims starts at 7 a.m. PT, with the last night of finals at 3 p.m. PT. All sessions will be streamed on espn3.com.