Isabel Ivey Wins 3 Events As Cal (Women) Defeat Arizona

Cal Bears (Women Only) Def. Arizona Wildcats

  • Cal vs Arizona
  • Spieker Aquatic Complex, Berkeley, CA
  • January 21, 2022
  • Results PDF
  • Cal 153- Arizona 92

Note: Separate full men’s recap

The Cal women hosted the Arizona women in a co-ed dual meet on Friday, January 21st. The Cal women came out on top with a score of 153-92. Cal won 11 out of the 14 events at the meet. Cal exhibitioned all but their top finisher after the 50 freestyle. 

The Cal women were led by senior Isabel Ivey as she captured three individual victories. Ivey won the 100 backstroke (53.41), 50 freestyle (22.79), and the 200 IM (2:00.73). Her 50 freestyle time was a dual-meet best time. It also was her first time swimming the 200 IM at a dual meet this season.

Senior Mia Motekaitis showed her strength in the mid-distance freestyle events as she won the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:55.21 and was runner up in the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:49.52. This was only her second time swimming either event this season at a dual meet. Her season best of 4:42.72 in the 500 places her 24th in the NCAA this season. 

Sophomore Isabelle Stadden won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:56.91 and finished second in the 50 freestyle in a time of 23.30. Stadden’s season best in the 200 backstroke of 1:50.02 from midseason places her third in the NCAA this season. At the 2021 NCAA Championships, Stadden swam to a third place finish in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:49.66.

Freshman Leah Polonsky won the 200 breaststroke in a dual meet best time of 2:13.40. That time is not far off of her season best from midseason of 2:11.30. Her season best also places her 46th in the NCAA this season. 

Arizona was led by sophomore Julia Heimstead. Heimstead won both the 100 (54.29) and 200 (1:57.76) butterflies. Both swims were dual-meet best times. Heimstead holds the 21st best time in the NCAA this season in the 200 butterfly as she swam a 1:55.64 at midseason. She also holds the 39th best time in the NCAA this season in the 100 butterfly with a time of 52.69 from midseason.

Junior Jade Neser also led the Wildcats. Neser was the only entry for Arizona in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. She won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:02.47 and finished second in the 200 with a time of 2:22.66. Neser is the team’s only breaststroker on the roster to have broken 1:00 in the 100 and 2:20 in the 200 this season. Their next best breaststroker is freshman Maddy Ahluwulia who goes a 1:03.10 in the 100 and 2:20.28 in the 200. 

Other first-place finishes:

  • 200 medley relay: Cal (1:39.64)
  • 1000 freestyle: Fanni Fabian, Cal (10:07.01)
  • 200 freestyle: Lizzy Cook, Cal (1:49.03)
  • 100 freestyle: Elise Garcia, Cal (50.14)
  • 400 freestyle relay: Cal (3:22.70)

The Cal women have their next meet scheduled for January 22nd at home against Arizona State. Arizona’s next meet is scheduled for January 22nd at Stanford. 

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Swimmom
10 months ago

Congratulations Isabel! You continue to impress with your consistency. You’re a fierce competitor and all around amazing, strong young woman. Excited to see your championship meet performances!

Sunny boy ain’t got no…
10 months ago

Yikes, Whoa…I had no idea about the dark part of Mitch’s past…Innocent question is all.

Sunny boy ain’t got no…
10 months ago

I’ll take that as a yes on both accounts…was just asking.

Azswummer
Reply to  Sunny boy ain’t got no…
10 months ago

Being facetious in my comment. Why does it matter? If you knew the whole narrative of his past, you’d know it’s an upsetting matter for those females whose lives he “affected.” I know many. Safe Sport was created because of individuals like him. This article is about Isabel’s accomplishments. She is a talented, bright, and personable young woman. Let her stand on her own please.

Curious
Reply to  Azswummer
10 months ago

Or maybe the question had more to do with curiosity. Mitch Ivey was not a good man in many people’s eyes BUT he was a excellent swimmer. Let’s not pretend that genetics don’t matter in this sport. Looking around the Cal meet the stands are full of parents who were remarkably good swimmers.

Azswummer
Reply to  Curious
10 months ago

You are correct. There are many champions who have children who are excellent swimmers as well. Have many college teammates who fall into this category. The difference is they are not permanently banned from the sport because they are predators. Character trumps talent in the end when it really matters. Don’t care what he did in the pool. His harmful actions and words caused permanent harm to people.

Curious
Reply to  Azswummer
10 months ago

I was in no one way suggesting that his talent trumps the harm he caused people. But I do think it was fair to ask if he was her father. She certainly is separate from his wrongs but she benefits from his genetics.

Sunny boy ain’t got no…
10 months ago

Is Mia, Coach Peter’s daughter?

Sunny boy ain’t got no…
10 months ago

Is Ivey related to Ex-coach MITCH?

joanietheswimmer
Reply to  Sunny boy ain’t got no…
10 months ago

I believe she’s his daughter with one of his former swimmers, but for obvious reasons never mentioned anywhere.

Sunny boy ain’t got no…
Reply to  joanietheswimmer
10 months ago

Mitch would be in his late sixties, so I was thinking more like grand daughter or grand niece.

Azswummer
Reply to  Sunny boy ain’t got no…
10 months ago

No. Not his daughter.

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