Stadden, Klinker Posts Lifetime Bests On Final Night Of NCAAs
ATLANTA – Cal's Isabelle Stadden and Rachel Klinker both produced lifetime bests on the final night of the NCAA Championships Saturday, leading the Golden Bears to their 25th-consecutive top-10 finish at the national meet.
Stadden was the first Golden Bear in the water, and she came through for fourth place in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:49.45, which was six one-hundredths of a second faster than her winning time at the Pac-12 Championships last month. She remains the fourth fastest in the event in school history.
Klinker's mark came in the 200 butterfly when she placed sixth in 1:52.19 and moved up to third all-time at Cal in the event behind only Katie McLaughlin (1:51.09) and Natalie Coughlin (1:51.92). Klinker was ninth in the 200 fly in her first NCAA meet last season.
In addition, Isabel Ivey touched fifth in the B final of the 100 free in 47.71, which was good for 13th place. Earlier in the meet, Ivey earned second place in the 200 free and was third in the 200 individual medley, both in personal best times.
In the final event of the meet, the Bears' 400 free relay of Emma Davidson, Elise Garcia, Stadden and Ivey reached the wall in 3:12.45 to finish 11th.
Overall, the Bears placed eighth in the team standings to extend their run of top-10 finishes to every year since 1997.