Cal Women Keep Rolling, Get Verbal from FSHAA Record-holder Isabel Ivey for 2019-20

Just four days after receiving a verbal commitment from high school junior Chloe Clark to its class of 2023, the University of California, Berkeley has its second pledge for the fall of 2019: Isabel Ivey of Gainesville, Florida’s Gator Swim Club.

“I’m very excited to announce my verbal commitment to further my academics and swimming at the University of California Berkeley class of 2023! I would like to thank my parents, teammates and friends, along with my coach Robert Pinter for their continuous support. GO BEARS!???”

Ivey is a junior at F.W. Buchholz High School, whom she led to the 2017 FHSAA Class 4 team championship with individual victories in the 200 free (1:44.68) and 100 breast (1:00.99, a Florida high school state record). She was also a member of the record-breaking 200 free (22.46 anchor) and 400 free (48.89 leadoff) relays. A year ago, as a sophomore at Oak Hall High School, she won the 200 IM (1:57.31) and 50 free (

Ivey is highly versatile and can slot into almost any role for the Bears. She finished 4th in the women’s High Point rankings for 2017 U.S. Winter National Championships, having placed 2nd in the 200 free and 200 IM, 3rd in the 100 back, 8th in the 100 free, and 11th in the 50 free.

Ivey’s best times, swum in prelims at 2017 NCAA Women’s Division I Championships, would have placed her in the A-final of the 200 free and the B-finals of the 100 free and 200 IM. She’s not all that far off in all her other events, either: it took 22.00 to final in the 50 free, 51.73 in the 100 back, 59.81 in the 100 breast, and 52.12 in the 100 fly.

Her top SCY times include:

  • 50 free – 22.43
  • 100 free – 47.88
  • 200 free – 1:43.64
  • 100 back – 52.27
  • 100 breast – 1:00.99
  • 100 fly – 52.61
  • 200 IM – 1:55.77

If you have a commitment to report, please send an email with a photo (landscape, or horizontal, looks best) and a quote to [email protected].

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3 years ago

Looks like Kathleen Baker

3 years ago

wow !! probably the biggest get for cal since their incredible 2015 class (kathleen baker, amy bilquist, katie mclaughlin, abbey weitzeil) best of luck & congrats to isabel & the cal bears!

Reply to  paloozas
3 years ago

Abbey was technically entering fall 2016, but in the high school class of 2015.

samuel huntington
3 years ago

Swimswam you will need to do recruit rankings two years in advance now it seems!

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