Cassidy Bayer Announces Transfer to Tennessee

by Delaney Sprague 14

October 17th, 2020 College, News, SEC, Transfers

2016 Olympic Trials finalist and U.S. National team member Cassidy Bayer has decided to join the Lady Vols at the University of Tennessee for the 2020-21 season. 


While at Cal Berkeley, Bayer swam top times in the 500 free (4:45.31) and 200 fly (1:55.35) during her freshman year. At the Pac-12 meet in 2019, she finished 7th in the 200 fly (1:56.12), 20th in the 500 free (4:45.31) and 27th in the 200 free (1:48.18).

Bayer also scored points for the Bears at the 2019 NCAA Championships, where she finished 15th in the 200 fly with a 1:55.77, and 57th in the 500 free with a 4:49.99. 

Bayer competed up until December at the Minnesota Invite in the 2019-20 season to deal with mental health concerns, but announced she entered the NCAA transfer portal in October.

Bayer’s 200 fly time puts her second to Tess Cieplucha (1:53.23) at Tennessee. Her 500 free places her second as well among Tennessee’s freestylers for the 2019-20 season, with Amy Nunan leading the way with a 4:38.90. 

The Lady Vols placed first at the 2019-20 Southeastern Conference Championships, with a total of 831 points.

For the 2020-21 season, it has been decided that the men’s and women’s swimming & diving season will run from October 1 to January 25, 2021. Regionalized competition will be permitted as well as the requirements from the SEC Medical Guidance Task Force are followed for coronavirus management. Competition will be in dual-meet format, and there will be no restriction on the number of events swam.


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Meg and Marty
3 years ago

Congratulations! Good luck in your new “adventure”.

3 years ago

Best of luck! Everyone’s cheering for you, Cassidy!

3 years ago

Wow, didn’t see that she had entered the transfer portal so I’m pretty surprised to see this transfer. At the cal meets no one on the team looked happier to be a bear than Cassidy. Wishing her all the best

3 years ago

Much closer to home and seems like a great fit for a fresh start — good luck, Cassidy

3 years ago

Congratulations, Cassidy! We will miss you here in Berkeley, but we are thrilled that you have found a new home best for you and will be cheering you on the whole way!

Swim Coach
3 years ago

Lots of positive energy for the Volunteers. Huge pickup. Kredich does a great job getting the most out of transfers like this. He has a great swim knowledge but also treats his athletes really well. Cassidy made a great choice.

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3 years ago


3 years ago

Talent, hard work, and success attract more talent, hard work, and success. Tennessee is becoming a powerhouse!

Reply to  Congratulations
3 years ago

Yea for female swimmers – What about the men????

3 years ago

Energy is shifting from the west to the east. Exciting things seem to be happening at Tennessee!