Ivey's 200 IM Win Highlights Bears In Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS – Cal senior Isabel Ivey showed why she is one of the most talented and versatile swimmers in the country, capturing the 200-yard individual medley on Day 2 of the Minnesota Invitational Thursday. Her winning time of 1:53.90 stands at the nation's third best so far this season and was only 0.03 seconds off her personal best from the 2019 NCAA Championships.
Ivey led from start to finish and reached the final wall nearly 1.5 seconds ahead of the field. Golden Bears also took the 6-9 spots in the race, including Isabelle Stadden in sixth (1:57.32), Alicia Wilson in seventh (1:57.46) and Annika McEnroe in eighth (PR 1:58.92) in the A final. Lea Polonsky won the B final for ninth place overall, and her time of 1:56.48 was a three-second improvement from her morning prelim swim.
"I was really encouraged from what we saw today, and I'm proud of the depth that we showed," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "We're learning a lot about our team with so many new people and it being two years since we had the opportunity to participate in an event like this. There are some great teams here in different stages of preparation. I was impressed with our resiliency. We're hoping to keep building on that and are excited to keep it going the rest of the meet."
The 500 free led off the evening session, with Ayla Spitz engaging in a close battle with 2021 NCAA runner-up Evie Pfeifer of Texas as the pair stayed within a second of each other throughout the race. In the end, Pfeifer out-touched Spitz, 4:40.39 to 4:41.36. Mia Motekaitis took the early lead and held on for third place in 4:42.72 for a nearly 7-second improvement from her PR entering the meet. In addition, Sarah DiMeco placed fifth in 4:43.56 and Fanni Fabian was seventh in 4:44.18.
Elise Garcia paced the Bears in the 50 free by taking third in 22.33, while Emily Gantriis joined her in the A final, placing fifth in 22.44. Emma Davidson took 11th in a lifetime-best 22.51.
Cal closed out the night with its third NCAA relay A cut, this time in the 400 medley relay. The quartet of Isabelle Stadden, Ema Rajic, Isabel Ivey and Elise Garcia combined to finish in 3:30.70. On Wednesday, the Bears recorded A times in both the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay.
In addition to fifth-ranked Cal, the meet field includes No. 2 Texas, No. 4 Michigan and No. 17 Wisconsin, also with squads from Minnesota, Arizona and Harvard.
The Minnesota Invitational continues through Saturday, with prelims starting at 8 a.m. PT and finals at 4 p.m. PT. The events on Friday will be the 100 butterfly, 400 IM, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke and 200 free relay. For more information, including live streaming and results, see the meet information page.