Cal Heads To Pac-12 Championships
Cal will be out to defend its Pac-12 title when the Golden Bears travel to Federal Way, Washington, for the conference championships set for Wednesday-Saturday at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
The Bears have won five Pac-12 team championships in their history, all since 2009. Cal swimmers have also captured a combined 154 individual and relay championships at the conference meet, including 12 last season. Isabel Ivey led the way in 2021 with three individual crowns (100 free, 100 back, 100 fly) and as part of four winning relays.
All finals sessions will be streamed live through Pac-12.com and the Pac-12 Now app.
Wednesday, Feb. 23
Finals: 6 pm - 200 medley relay, 800 free relay
Thursday, Feb. 24
Prelims: 10:30 am - 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free
Finals: 6 pm - 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 200 free relay
Friday, Feb. 25
Prelims: 10:30 am - 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back
Finals: 6 pm - 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 400 medley relay
Saturday, Feb. 26
Prelims: 10:30 am - 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly
Finals: 4 pm - 1650 free (slower heats)
Finals: 6 pm: 1650 free (fastest heat), 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay
CAL CAPTURES 5TH PAC-12 TITLE IN 2021: Behind a dominating performance that saw Cal win 12 of 18 swimming events, the Bears won their fifth all-time Pac-12 championship last February. Isabel Ivey paced Cal with three wins - 100 back, 100 fly, 100 free - while others to reach the top of the podium were Isabelle Stadden (200 back), Rachel Klinker (200 fly), Robin Neumann (200 free) and Alicia Wilson (200 IM). Cal also swept all five relays during the meet. The Bears captured their first Pac-12 Championship in 2009 and also brought home the trophy in 2011, 2012 and 2015 before last year.
A PEEK AT THE PSYCH SHEET: According to the Pac-12 Championships psych sheet, the Golden Bears sport 41 individual times that are seeded among the top 10 in their respective events, in addition to all five relays that rank among the top three. Cal's 200 medley relay (with a 1:34.93 time from December) is seeded first, while Isabelle Stadden is the top seed in the 200 back (with a 1:50.02 time, also from December). The Bears have five of the top 10 times in the 200 IM (2. Isabel Ivey 1:53.90; 5. Leah Polonsky 1:56.48; 6. Stadden 1:57.32; 7. Alicia Wilson 1:57.46; and 10. Annika McEnroe 1:58.31.
BEARS NAMED A CSCAA SCHOLAR ALL-AMERICA TEAM AGAIN: Cal has earned Scholar All-America team status from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) for its fall academic performance for the 24th semester in a row - or every time the award has been presented. Individual awards will be presented in the spring. All time, 87 Golden Bears have received Scholar All-America recognition a total of 154 times, including 11 four-time honorees.
IVEY NAMED PAC-12 SWIMMER OF THE MONTH: Senior Isabel Ivey was named the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month for December after a stellar meet at the Minnesota Invitational Dec. 1-4. She won two events (200 free, 1:43.13; 200 IM, 1:53.90), placed second in another (100 free, 47.57), and helped all five relays earn NCAA automatic qualifying times. Ivey's individual times put her third in the country in the 200 free and 200 IM and fourth nationally in the 100 free at the time. She is the reigning Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year and anchored Cal to an NCAA championship in the 200 free relay last March.
CHANGES TO TOP-10 LIST: At the Minnesota Invitational Dec. 1-4, Cal produced five times that made the school's all-time top-10 list, with freshman Leah Polonsky doing so in three events. She now ranks sixth in school history in the 100 breast (1:00.23), ninth in the 200 breast (2:11.30) and seventh in the 400 IM (4:07.93). Alicia Wilson's PR 2:09.82 in the 200 breast puts her fifth in the event, and the 200 medley squad of Isabelle Stadden, Ema Rajic, Isabel Ivey and Elise Garcia posted the sixth-fastest time in Cal history (1:34.93).
STADDEN, WEITZEIL COMBINE FOR 7 MEDALS AT SHORT-COURSE WORLDS: Cal sophomore Isabelle Stadden and alum Abbey Weitzeil combined for seven medals at the FINA Short-Course World Championships in Abu Dhabi Dec. 16-21. Stadden claimed a bronze medal in the 200m back (2:02.20), while Weitzeil tied for Team USA honors with six medals among her 10 top-10 finishes - two gold, three silver and a bronze. Her top individual result was a bronze medal in the 100m free, with the other medals coming in relays.
OLYMPIC BEARS: Eight Golden Bear swimmers plus head coach Teri McKeever participated in the Olympics in Tokyo over the summer - alums Abbey Weitzeil (silver, 400m medley relay; bronze, 400m free relay) and Katie McLaughlin (silver, 800 free relay) for Team USA, current team members Alicia Wilson (Great Britain) and Ema Rajic (Croatia), and alums Farida Osman (Egypt), Marina Garcia (Spain), Stephanie Au (Hong Kong) and Camille Cheng (Hong Kong). McKeever served as a U.S. assistant coach for the third time (she was also head coach in 2012).
Wilson reached the final of the 200m IM, where she placed eighth, while Rajic swam the 100m breast and 50m free. Weitzeil earned a pair of relay medals - silver in the 400m medley relay and bronze in the 400m free relay) - and finished eighth in both the 50m and 100m free. McLaughlin, meanwhile, helped the U.S. to a silver medal in the 800m free relay. With the results from Weitzeil and McLaughlin, Cal swimmers and divers have combined for 52 all-time Olympic medals.
TERI McKEEVER RECEIVES PARAGON AWARD: Cal head coach Teri McKeever received the Paragon Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame during the fall for her outstanding service and contributions towards advancing competitive swimming last weekend. Now in her 30th season leading the Golden Bears, McKeever is one of the most accomplished coaches in the sport, having guided Cal to five Pac-12 and four NCAA team titles, including 15 consecutive top-5 finishes at the national championships. She also served as head women's U.S. Olympic coach in 2012 and has been on the Olympic staff three times.
NATALIE COUGHLIN EARNS BASHOF HONOR: Natalie Coughlin, a 12-time Olympic medalist, 20-time World Championships medalist and former world-record holder, was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on Oct. 3. The three-time collegiate swimmer of the year for the Bears from 2001-03 is the third Cal women's swimmer to join the BASHOF, with the others being Ann Curtis Cuneo (1983) and Mary T. Meagher Plant (2002).