Cal Women Add Canada’s Sarah Darcel to Class of 2021

Cal’s women’s swimming & diving team has added another recruit to its roster for the 2017-18 season with the signing of Sarah Darcel from Victoria, British Columbia, to a National Letter of Intent Tuesday.

A member of Canada’s national team for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25 meters) this past December, Darcel will represent Canada at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, this coming August.

“Sarah is a very versatile, smart swimmer who should make a wonderful addition to our team,” head coach Teri McKeever said. “She just did a great job at Canada’s World Championships Trials, making their World University Games team for this summer. We look forward to Sarah joining our program.”

Darcel competed in all three individual medley events at short-course worlds in December, finishing sixth in the 200-meter IM (2:08.59), 10th in the 100 IM (1:00.06) and 10th in the 400 IM (4:35.66). She also swam in the prelims of the 200 free relay that later won a gold medal.

Darcel captured individual gold of her own in the 400 IM at the 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui last August, touching the wall in 4:39.83. In addition, she earned silver medals after swimming the anchor leg on Canada’s 400 free relay and 400 medley relay, while taking fourth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 200 butterfly.

At the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials, Darcel placed fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 400 IM, and also competed in the backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly events.

Darcel becomes the 11th member of Cal’s recruiting class for next season, joining a group that signed with the Bears in the fall. (See our articles on Alexandra Skorus-Neely, Ali Harrison, Briana Thai, Dannie Dilsaver, Elizabeth Bailey, Jackie Im, Kathleen Navas, Natalie Tuck, Robin Neumann, Sophie Krivokapic-Zhou. As a team, Cal is coming off a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships – the ninth year in a row the Bears have placed among the top three nationally.

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3 years ago

Hopefully she will help Cal with their breaststroke and IM.

Reply to  Hswimmer
3 years ago

The IM that “only” WON the 200 at NCAAs this year???

Reply to  FLSwimmer
3 years ago

400… and she will add more points.

3 years ago

A breaststroker! I think Cal found the missing piece to the puzzle.

Reply to  Marley09
3 years ago

I think she’s better at the 200, though

On Fleek
Reply to  Marley09
3 years ago

True that Darcel’s capable of scoring in the 200 Br (B final) if her converted 2:09.49 holds for her future SCY performances.

But incoming Bear Harrison’s gone faster in the 100 distance, as has Roses, Weitzeil & Blovad. No Cal woman eligible to swim @ 2018 NCAA’s currently holds a PR that would have made the invite cutoff time for 2017 in the 100 Br, except for Baker.

Darcel’s value for Cal lies more in her IM skills I think. She can score in both the 200 (B final?) & 400 (may be the only Cal scorer there next year).

3 years ago

does it make a difference ? Stanford is still going to win by over 200 points ?

Reply to  buckeye499
3 years ago

Funny how the kal coach try to cover up consecative class of nobodys
thru overpaying all there foreign mercenarys

Meehan recruit genuine home grown talent only
no wonder everybodys whose somebody wanna swim for him

Stanford already boast the #1 class in 2014 2016 2017
gonna repeat in 2018 with Ruck Merell Bartel Bayer practicaly on board

Reply to  coach
3 years ago

Spoken like a true Trump supporter who can’t spell either!

Fly errrrrr
Reply to  coach
3 years ago

Ease up cowboy, why don’t you let 2018 make their own decisions.

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