PR Swim Puts Isabelle Stadden In 100m Back Final
OMAHA, Neb. – Cal's Isabelle Stadden swam to a lifetime-best 58.99 in the 100-meter backstroke Monday night to secure her spot in the final of the event at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
A rising sophomore for the Golden Bears, Stadden finished third in her semifinal heat and tied for fourth among those heading to Tuesday's final. She beat her previous best by more than a third of a second after going 59.33 during a meet in Austin, Texas, last month.
As a freshman at Cal in 2020-21, Stadden finished fifth in the 100-yard back and third in the 200-yard back at the NCAA Championships after winning the 200 back title at the Pac-12 meet.
Two former Bears also saw action in the 100 back semis at the trials. Amy Bilquist just missed the final by placing ninth in 1:00.26, while Kathleen Baker was 11th in 1:00.51.
Earlier in the night, Katie McLaughlin, who swam for the Golden Bears from 2016-19, placed fifth in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.72.
McLaughlin will be back in the pool on Tuesday morning for the prelims of the 200 freestyle, where she will be joined by fellow alum Abbey Weitzeil and current Bears Isabel Ivey and Ayla Spitz. In addition, Baker will compete in the 200 individual medley.
Prelims begin at 8 a.m. PT, with finals at 5 p.m. All events are streamed on NBCOlympics.com.