Bears Add Local Swimmers For 2022-23
BERKELEY – Cal signed two Bay Area swimmers to National Letters of Intent on Wednesday, one of the top breaststrokers in the senior class as well as a freestyle prospect expected to bolster the team's sprint corps. Set to join the Golden Bears in 2022-23 are Abigail Herscu from Livermore and Sydney Griscavage from Lafayette.
"I am very happy that we are adding two local women who have the athletic and academic talent to help our team," head coach Teri McKeever said. "While it's a small class, they complement the swimmers our team, and we are looking forward to them joining us and having the opportunity to work with them."
Herscu, out of Granada High School and the Livermore Aquacowboys club program, is a member of the U.S. Junior National Team who represented the United States at FINA World Cup competitions in Berlin and Budapest earlier this fall. Over the summer at Wave I of the Olympic Trials, she placed second in the 200-meter breast in a personal-best 2:31.53 and was 11th in the 100 breast in 1:10.83. She later swam at Wave I, where she took 44th in the 200-meter event and 52nd in the 100.
In 2019, Herscu placed sixth in the 100-yard breast at the CIF state meet and was named the Pacific Swimming long-course swimmer of the year for the 15-16 age group.
"I chose Cal because of its unmatched athletics and academics," Herscu said. "A big part of my decision was based upon the swim team and coaches. I watched the team interact at local meets and also read stories online about the swim experience. I felt that Berkeley was a place where I could reach my full potential as an athlete while getting a great education. When it came time to decide on what school to attend, no other program could compare with Cal in athletic performance, team dynamics, character of individual athletes and academic reputation. I am excited to train with coaches Teri and Dani over the next four years. I can't wait to become a part of this amazing family. Go Bears!"
Griscavage attends the College Preparatory School in Oakland and competes for Orinda Aquatics. She placed fifth in the 50-yard free at the 2019 CIF North Coast Section Championships and owns lifetime bests of 23.23 in the 50 free and 52.20 in the 100 free. A strong student, Griscavage has also been named a USA Swimming Scholastic All-American.
"I chose Cal for its incredible combination of academic and athletic excellence," Griscavage said. "Studying under Nobel Prize-winning professors at a top-tier university and training under Teri and Dani with such a dedicated and nationally competitive team is truly a dream come true. I believe Cal is the best place for me to develop my talents, both in and out of the pool, and form lifelong friendships. I can't wait to become part of such an amazing school and program! Go Bears!"
Cal boasts one of the most storied programs in the country, having captured four NCAA championships and five Pac-12 titles, including the 2021 conference crown. The Bears' run of 15 consecutive years finishing among the nation's top five is the longest current streak in the country.