Cal heads to Utah for Friday’s duel
Bears and Utes face off Friday morning from Salt Lake City
Cal hits the road for the third time in four competitions this fall, traveling to Utah on Friday for a double encounter with the Utes. The race will begin at 11:00 a.m. PT. Golden Bears travel to Salt Lake City for first time since October 2017, with fifth-year senior Robin neumann the only Cal remains from the meeting. In the first year, she was second in the 200 freestyle and third in the 200 backstroke, as the Bears claimed a 186-114 victory.
Cal returns to action a month later with the Minnesota Invitational Dec. 1-4, then has four back-to-back home games – UC San Diego on Dec. 18, San Jose State on Jan. 17, Arizona, Jan. 21, and Arizona State. January 22.
LAST TIME OUT – CAL EDGED BY VIRGINIA: Cal fought the defending NCAA champion under the lights in front of a packed house at the Spieker Aquatics Complex on Oct. 15, but failed in a competitive competition, 141-121. The Bears swept away the free 200, with Isabelle Ivey (1: 45.27), Ayla Spitz (1: 47.26) and Robin neumann (1: 47.61) ending 1-2-3. Cal had two more individual wins as Spitz outscored 2020 Olympian Emma Weyant in the 500 freestyle with an effort of 4: 46.83, and Alicia Wilson clocked a time of 1: 59.63 in the 200 IM. Cal also won nine second places as the Bears provided a preview of the biggest races to come this spring.
STADDEN, WEITZEIL NAMED IN THE AMERICAN SHORTWORD TEAM: Cal in second year Isabelle Stadden and former Abbey Weitzeil were recently selected to represent the United States at the FINA World Short Course Championship December 16-21 in Abu Dhabi. Stadden will swim the 200m backstroke, while Weitzeil is expected to compete in the 50m free, 100m free and 100m IM.
Stadden has just completed a first season in which she placed in the top 5 in the NCAA Championships in 100 yards (5th) and 200 yards (3rd) and won the Pac-12 200 backstroke title. She then finished fifth in the 100-meter backstroke and fourth in the 200-meter backstroke at the US Olympic trials in June.
Weitzeil, who adapted for the 2017-20 Golden Bears, won a silver in the 400-meter medley relay and a bronze in the 400-meter freestyle relay at the Tokyo Olympics, in addition to taking the eighth place in both 50 free meters and 100 free meters.
TERI McKEEVER RECEIVES THE PARAGON AWARD: Cal Head Coach Teri mckeever received the Paragon Award from the International Swimming Hall of Fame earlier this fall for his outstanding service and contributions to the advancement of competitive swimming last weekend. Now in his 30th season at the helm of the Golden Bears, McKeever is one of the sport’s most accomplished coaches, having guided Cal to five Pac-12 titles and four NCAA tag team titles, including 15 consecutive top-5s in the game. national championships. She also served as the Women’s Olympic Coach in the United States in 2012 and has been on Olympic staff several times, including last summer in Tokyo.
NATALIE COUGHLIN WINS THE BASHOF HONOR: Natalie Coughlin, 12-time Olympic medalist, 20-time world championship medalist and former world record holder, was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on October 3. The three-time college swimmer of the year for the 2001-2003 Bears is Cal’s third swimmer to join BASHOF, the others being Ann Curtis Cuneo (1983) and Mary T. Meagher (2002).
OLYMPIC BEARS: Eight Golden Bear swimmers and head coach Teri mckeever competed in the Tokyo Olympics – alumni Abbey Weitzeil (silver, 400m medley relay; bronze, 400m freestyle relay) and Katie McLaughlin (silver, 800 freestyle relay) for Team USA, members current team 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 was an assistant coach of the United States.