Wilson, Ivey Add To Cal's Titles In Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS – Cal seniors Alicia Wilson, in the 400-yard individual medley, and Isabel Ivey, in the 200-yard freestyle, both produced victories, and the Golden Bears earned a fourth NCAA relay A qualifying time Friday at the Minnesota Invitational.
The meet, which features No. 5 Cal, No. 2 Texas and No. 4 Michigan among the seven participating schools, concludes on Saturday.
Wilson used a strong back half of her race to capture the 400 IM in a season-best 4:06.43, a time that ranks eighth in the country this year. The victory makes her a two-time champion in the event in Minnesota after she claimed the title in 2019. Wilson was one of four Bears in the A final, with Lea Polonsky taking fourth (4:07.93), Annika McEnroe sixth (personal-best 4:12.66) and Sarah DiMeco eighth (4:15.41). Polonsky's time puts her at No. 7 all-time at Cal in the event.
In the 200 free, Ivey sped off the blocks to take an immediate lead and cruised through the event to win by well over a second in 1:43.13. The time was just off her lifetime best of 1:43.11 and shot her up to the No. 2 position in the country this season. A trio of Bears joined Ivey in the A final – Ayla Spitz took third in 1:45.37, with Mia Motekaitis fourth in a PR 1:46.02 and Robin Neumann seventh in 1:49.19.
In the 100 backstroke, Isabelle Stadden sprinted to a runner-up finish in 51.00 – the third fastest race of her career and the No. 6 time in the country this season.
Mia Kragh was Cal's lone representative in the 100 butterfly A final, and she placed sixth with a time of 52.55, a third of a second faster than her morning qualifying result. Ivey actually posted the Bears' fastest time of the day, going 51.81 in the prelims, but she scratched from the final to focus on the 200 free.
Ema Rajic swam a sub-one-minute time in the 100 breaststroke, taking fourth place in 59.98. Polonsky was right behind in fifth in 1:00.23, while Maddie Ward captured the B final in 1:01.32.
The Bears closed out the night with their fourth NCAA relay A cut in four tries, this time in the 200 free relay. The team of Isabel Ivey, Emily Gantriis, Elise Garcia and Emma Davidson finished second in 1:28.10.
"I thought we had a really solid day with most of the women swimming multiple events," Cal head coach Teri McKeever said. "I'm particularly impressed by the 400 IMers – I thought they did a great job. I was also proud of Emma Davidson being on an A relay for the first time and really handling the pressure after setting lifetime bests in the 200 free and 100 breast today. We're looking to finish strong. This has been a very productive trip with a lot of energy."
On Saturday, prelims start at 8 a.m. PT and finals begin at 4 p.m. PT, with competition in the following events: 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. For more information on the invitational, including live streaming and results, see the meet information page.