NCAA qualifier Emma Davidson has entered the transfer portal after three seasons at Cal. Davidson has at least one season of eligibility remaining, plus another if she chooses to use the COVID-19 bonus year.
Update: Cal has confirmed that Davidson exploring the possibility to transfer for the 2023-2024 season to use her COVID-19 5th year of eligibility. She plans to stay at Cal and compete during the 2022-2023 season.
Davidson qualified for her first NCAA Championship meet in 2022. She anchored Cal’s 200 free relay with a 22.07 split and led-off their 400 free relay with a 48.92 split. Both relays placed 11th.
While it’s unclear which Cal Bears might return for a 5th season next year, two other members of each of those relays, Elise Garcia and Isabel Ivey, were both seniors. Garcia recently announced her intention to spend her 5th year at USC.
That could mean some holes in the already-thin Cal sprint relays, though the arrival of Michigan transfer and NCAA champion Maggie MacNeil for her 5th year could mitigate that.
Davidson scored 52 points as part of Cal’s runner-up effort at the 2022 Pac-12 Championships, including a high mark of 8th in the 50 free (48.91). That ranked her 10th among all Cal swimmers at the meet. The Golden Bears finished just 27 points ahead of 3rd-place USC.
Davidson’s Best Times Progression
|HS Best||Freshman @ Cal||Sophomore @ Cal||Junior @ Cal|
*Davidson swam only one meet for Cal as a sophomore, the year that started in the peak of the COVID pandemic: the Pac-12 Championships. She swam the 100 breast in 1:03.89 instead of the 200 free at that meet. Her best 100 breast time is 1:02.95.
Davidson was a co-recipient of the Karen Moe Humphreys Coaches’ Award for Cal as a junior, along with Leah Polonsky and Isabelle Stadden.
Davidson is a native of Yorba Linda, California, where she won a number of academic honors in high school. That continued into college, where she was named to the Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll in both 2021 and 2022. She was also an all-league volleyball player in high school before focusing fully on swimming.
Swimmers who enter the NCAA transfer portal are not required to transfer. Doing so allows athletes the flexibility to discuss transfer opportunities with other programs.