Bears Roll To Victories At Chick-Fil-A Invitational
FRESNO – Senior Ayla Spitz and junior Isabelle Stadden were each multiple individual winners Friday at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational at the Fresno State Aquatics Center.
Spitz set a pool record in taking the 500-yard freestyle in a time of 4:49.86 while also capturing the 200 freestyle with a mark of 1:48.57. Her record-setting swim in the 500 free topped former Golden Bear Elizabeth Pelton's previous best time of 4:50.78 in 2012.
Stadden, a member of the U.S. National team in the 100 and 200 backstroke events, won the 100 back in a time of 54.02 while also triumphing in the 200 individual medley in 2:01.86.
Spitz also anchored the Bears' 800 free relay team to a victory and placed second in the 100 back (54.03) while finishing third in the 200 IM (2:02.63). Stadden helped Cal win the 200 medley relay.
Sophomore Mia Kragh also set a pool record by winning the 100 butterfly in a time of 53.11. That mark bested former Golden Bear Noemi Thomas' time of 53.22 in 2017.
Sophomores Leah Polonsky (400 IM, 4:15.13) and Alicia Henry (100 breaststroke, 1:01.79) notched individual victories as well. Cal won every event except one.
Senior Eloise Riley was part of all three of Cal's relay wins on Friday while senior Emma Davidson picked up victories in a pair of relays.
The Bears return to the water Wednesday when they host Utah in a combined dual meet with the men's program at Spieker Aquatics Complex.