Cal Freshman Anna Kalandadze Enters NCAA Transfer Portal

Distance freestyler Anna Kalandadze, who has raced with Cal in her freshman season, has entered the NCAA transfer portal. She came to Cal from Pennsylvania, where she trained with Radnor Aquatic Club and Lower Moreland High School.


  • 200y free – 1:48.34
  • 500y free – 4:46.25
  • 1000y free – 9:56.61
  • 1650y free – 16:24.31


  • 1000y free – 9:46.58 (split during mile)
  • 1650y free – 16:12.01
  • 200y breast – 2:18.69

Kalandadze had a big drop in the mile at the 2019 Minnesota Invitational, dropping over 12 seconds and setting a new personal best in the 1000 free in the process. She was also within a tenth of her 500 free time at that meet, clocking a 4:46.33, and she was 1:49.97 in the 200 free at that meet, too.

Kalandadze entered the portal prior to the Pac-12 Championships; however, her season-best ranks her 30th in the country, which would have earned her an NCAA invite.

Her last meet with Cal was the last meet the team contested, their dual against rivals Stanford.

Part of a strong freshman distance crew, Kalandadze holds the #2 mile time and #5 500 free time on the Cal roster this season. Cal has been very thin on distance of late (nobody raced the mile once for the Bears last year), but freshmen Rachel Klinker and Sarah Dimeco remain on the roster. Dimeco holds the top mile time this season for Cal (16:11.14) with Klinker third behind Kalandadze.

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Bearly Breathing
6 months ago

Best of luck in your swimming future Anna!

Silent Observer
6 months ago

I hear two teams on the east coast have strong distance training cores, as well as coaching staffs….

Human Ambition
Reply to  Silent Observer
6 months ago

There are plenty of great distance hubs in NCAA

Too cool for the pool
6 months ago

Another transfer outta cal. What’s going on over there?

Reply to  Too cool for the pool
6 months ago

Is it just me or have there been a statistically significant number of PA natives transferring out of Cal in recent years… Kalandadze, Cierra Runge, Alex Sumner…

Reply to  hookem91
6 months ago

I don’t see Whitley leaving Cal though but certainly interesting for the PA women at Cal!

6 months ago

Whitley is also coached by Dave Durden.

Doesn’t add up
Reply to  Too cool for the pool
6 months ago

Certainly Interesting timing. Don’t kids usually transfer after the championship meets? This doesn’t look good for the Bears. Best of luck to Anna in the future.

Reply to  Doesn’t add up
6 months ago

Doesn’t make sense for Meaghan Byrnes to retire right before NCAAs, but she probably made a decision that is best for her.

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Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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