Becoming A Cal Bear

With a 2015 Women’s Championships on its resume, the University of California Bears Swimming & Diving program is certainly not lacking in the recruitment department. Recent signees aren’t shy about expressing their love for Cal as both an academic and athletic powerhouse.

Within the video, watch and listen to incoming Bears Keaton Blovad, Courtneey Mykkanen, Maddie Murphy and others praise the University for its staff, legacy and atmosphere.  Says Maddie Murphy of her decision to attend Cal, “Everything just clicked with the coaching staff and the team.”  Chenoa Devine agrees, saying that the entire swimming staff wants to make swimmers both “better athletes and better people.”

And according to the video, Head Coach Teri McKeever can also play a mean game of Scattergories.


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this made me cringe


Got Cue Cards? And out of that talented group of young ladies, how many will be around in May/2020 for that …”Cal made me a better athlete AND a better person,” speech? Almost sort of – sad.


The above comments may have been made because the Cal women’s coach is verbally abusive to the young women swimmers and manipulates the swimmers emotionally using negative bullying tactics. Everyone knows that winning the NCAAs covers up a lot of sins. Swimmers who left the Cal program can’t speak up about the horrifying experience. Others speak only on the down-low because of the imbalance of power. It’s too bad. Doesn’t have to be this way. New recruits have no way of knowing what they are getting into when committing to Cal.

About Loretta Race

Loretta Race

After 16 years at a Fortune 1000 financial company, long-time swimmer Retta Race decided to change lanes and pursue her sporting passion. She currently is Coach for the Northern KY Swordfish Masters, a team she started up in December 2013, while also offering private coaching. Retta is also an MBA …

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