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No. 14 Bears To Race At Minnesota Invitational

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Cal To Compete Against Some Of Nation’s Top Teams


The No. 14 Cal women’s swimming & diving team will face some fast competition this week at the Minnesota Invitational at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Always one of the top events of the college season, this year’s field includes three nationally ranked teams with the Bears, No. 1 Texas and No. 13 Wisconsin. Minnesota is the second team listed as “also receiving votes” in the latest CSCAA poll.

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Other teams competing are Arizona, UNLV, Pittsburgh and Harvard.

Cal had a dominant fall dual meet season, easily rolling past Utah, Washington State and UC San Diego.

The Bears also won every event except one at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational at Fresno State and registered top times in each event at the Queen of the Pool at Cal Poly.

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STADDEN’S STAR SHINES: Junior Isabelle Stadden has emerged as one of the top swimmers in the country. She began the season by being named Queen of the Pool at Cal Poly in September and has been a multiple winner in every meet the Bears have competed in this season. Stadden has also set pool records at both Washington State and UC San Diego. Stadden was also named to the U.S. roster for next month’s FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, where she will compete in the 200 backstroke. Stadden won the title in the 200 back at last summer’s Phillips 66 National Championships and took the bronze medal in the 100 back.

GETTING RILED UP: 2021 NCAA champion Eloise Riley is off to a fast start during her senior year in Berkeley. A member of the Bears’ national champion 200 freestyle relay team in 2021, Riley began the season by registering the top time in the 100 freestyle (50.09) at the Queen of the Pool at Cal Poly then helped the Bears win all three relay events at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational at Fresno State. Riley won the 100 and 200 free at Cal’s Pac-12 opener against Utah and followed that up with victories in the 50 and 100 free at Washington State. She finished second behind teammate Emily Gantriis in the 50 free at UCSD and helped the Bears win two relays during that meet as well.

SPITZ SUCCESS: Senior Ayla Spitz has tasted victory several times this season, including a trio of wins at both the Chick-Fil-A Invitational and the Bears’ dual meet at Washington State. An NCAA qualifier in each of the past three seasons, Spitz set a pool record at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational at Fresno State in the 500 freestyle event with a time of 4:49.86 while also winning the 200 free and anchoring Cal’s winning 800 free relay team. Spitz won the 200 free at Washington State and anchored both of the Bears’ winning relay teams while also registering victories in the 100 back and 500 free at UCSD.

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.

 

 

 





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Cal To Compete Against Some Of Nation’s Top Teams


The No. 14 Cal women’s swimming & diving team will face some fast competition this week at the Minnesota Invitational at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center in Minneapolis.

Always one of the top events of the college season, this year’s field includes three nationally ranked teams with the Bears, No. 1 Texas and No. 13 Wisconsin. Minnesota is the second team listed as “also receiving votes” in the latest CSCAA poll.

Other teams competing are Arizona, UNLV, Pittsburgh and Harvard.

Cal had a dominant fall dual meet season, easily rolling past Utah, Washington State and UC San Diego.

The Bears also won every event except one at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational at Fresno State and registered top times in each event at the Queen of the Pool at Cal Poly.

STADDEN’S STAR SHINES: Junior Isabelle Stadden has emerged as one of the top swimmers in the country. She began the season by being named Queen of the Pool at Cal Poly in September and has been a multiple winner in every meet the Bears have competed in this season. Stadden has also set pool records at both Washington State and UC San Diego. Stadden was also named to the U.S. roster for next month’s FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia, where she will compete in the 200 backstroke. Stadden won the title in the 200 back at last summer’s Phillips 66 National Championships and took the bronze medal in the 100 back.

GETTING RILED UP: 2021 NCAA champion Eloise Riley is off to a fast start during her senior year in Berkeley. A member of the Bears’ national champion 200 freestyle relay team in 2021, Riley began the season by registering the top time in the 100 freestyle (50.09) at the Queen of the Pool at Cal Poly then helped the Bears win all three relay events at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational at Fresno State. Riley won the 100 and 200 free at Cal’s Pac-12 opener against Utah and followed that up with victories in the 50 and 100 free at Washington State. She finished second behind teammate Emily Gantriis in the 50 free at UCSD and helped the Bears win two relays during that meet as well.

SPITZ SUCCESS: Senior Ayla Spitz has tasted victory several times this season, including a trio of wins at both the Chick-Fil-A Invitational and the Bears’ dual meet at Washington State. An NCAA qualifier in each of the past three seasons, Spitz set a pool record at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational at Fresno State in the 500 freestyle event with a time of 4:49.86 while also winning the 200 free and anchoring Cal’s winning 800 free relay team. Spitz won the 200 free at Washington State and anchored both of the Bears’ winning relay teams while also registering victories in the 100 back and 500 free at UCSD.

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.

 

 

 





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