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Bears Open Season At Queen Of The Pool

Sep 29, 2022


The Cal women's swimming & diving team heads down the coast to make its traditional season-opening stop at the Queen of the Pool on Friday at Anderson Aquatic Center at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

The Bears and Mustangs will compete in five 100-yard races – the butterfly, breaststroke, individual medley, backstroke and freestyle. The swimmer with the best combined time will be named Queen of the Pool.

Cal is coming off its 25th consecutive top-10 finish at the NCAA Championships when it placed eighth last season.

STADDEN'S SUMMER: Junior Isabelle Stadden, the two-time defending Pac-12 champion in the 200 backstroke, had an eventful and successful summer. She won the national title in the 200 back at the Phillips 66 National Championships and then earlier this month was named to the U.S. National Team in both the 100 and 200 back events. Stadden, who has three top-5 finishes to her credit at the NCAA Championships, also took third in the 100 back at Phillips 66 Nationals.

POLONSKY'S IMPACT: Sophomore Leah Polonsky didn't waste any time making an impact on Cal's women's swimming & diving program last year as a freshman. By the end of the season, she had etched her name in the all-time top-10 in four different events in Cal history. Polonsky's time of 4:03.90 in the 400 individual medley is the third-best all-time by a Golden Bear, and she is No. 6 in both the 100 breaststroke (1:00.23) and 200 breaststroke (2:09.93). Polonsky also has the ninth-best all-time mark at Cal in the 200 individual medley at 1:54.77.

SCHOLARLY SWIMMERS: The Bears have been named a CSCAA Scholar All-America Team for 25 straight semesters. Last season, Cal had 14 student-athletes earn spots on the CSCAA Scholar All-America Team – 11 earned First Team accolades and three more were tabbed for the Second Team. Student-athletes who earned at least a 3.5 grade point average and participated at their national championship were named to the First Team. Those who had a 3.5 GPA and achieved a "B" time standard for their national championship or participated at a diving zone qualification meet were named to the Second Team.

UP NEXT: Following the Queen of the Pool, the Bears will make their home debut when they host Utah for a dual meet on Oct. 12 at Spieker Aquatics Complex. It will be a combined meet with Cal and Utah's men's programs as well.