Isabelle Stadden Discusses Training without Teri McKeever, Staying at Cal


Reported by Annika Johnson.


  • World Record – 2:03.35, Regan Smith (2019)
  • American Record – 2:03.35, Regan Smith (2019)
  • U.S. Open Record – 2:05.08, Phoebe Bacon (2022)
  • LC Nationals Record – 2:05.68, Missy Franklin (2013)
  • World Junior Record – 2:03.35, Regan Smith (2019)

Top 8 finishers:

  1. Isabelle Stadden – 2:07.29
  2. Rhyan White – 2:07.51
  3. Reilly Tiltmann – 2:09.61
  4. Claire Curzan – 2:09.74
  5. Leah Smith – 2:10.48
  6. Rosie Zavaros – 2:11.42
  7. Anna Peplowski – 2:11.56
  8. Natalie Mannion – 2:15.10

Cal’s Isabelle Stadden and 2022 World Championships bronze medalist Rhyan White were neck-and-neck most of this race, flipping at 1:02.48 and 1:02.47, respectively, at the halfway point. On the third 50, Stadden was able to push just a little harder an split 32.71 compared to White’s 32.86 and she held that narrow lead until the finish.

This was an incredible race for Stadden who matched her lifetime best time from May 2021. White’s best time stands at 2:05.13 which she swam at the International Team Trials in April. Reilly Tiltmann broke 2:10.00 for the first time to complete the podium and out touch Curzan on the final length with a split of 33.01 to Curzan’s 33.69.

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10 months ago

When she was asked if the programs were combined she was about to blurt out “Terri is gone” or “we expect to have a new coach” but she caught herself

Last edited 10 months ago by Ervin
Sherry Smit
10 months ago

I find it amazing how deep the US is in backstrokers. Smith, Bacon, White, Stadden, and Curzan would all final at the olympics with their PB’s. The US is so deep that Stadden, who finished 4th at the 2020(1) Trials would have finished 6th at the Olympic Games. It amazes me.

Blake pierogi
Reply to  Sherry Smit
10 months ago

Us and AUS

Reply to  Sherry Smit
10 months ago

Umm, Berkoff

Sherry Smit
Reply to  Breezeway
10 months ago

I was talking more about the 200 than the 100, but yes. She is a huge world class 100 backstroker.

10 months ago

She kinda brushed the question aside like a pro. Glad she had a good swim yesterday it should inspire her teammates.

10 months ago

Good interview with some thoughtful and diplomatic answers.
I truly hope her belief that it will all work out for the best in the end proves true. All the Cal women deserve it.

10 months ago

I live 60 miles north of Blaine and you, among others, have made it really fun to follow Minnesota swimming! Your positivity in this interview is great, and me and my fellow senior citizen swimming junkies love talking about your success! Congrats on the title! Super nice swim!

10 months ago

I feel like the current coaches should give a short general update so the kids don’t have to answer “what’s going on at cal” questions

Reply to  SCCOACH
10 months ago

I agree it would help the swimmers a lot, but the coaches might be hamstrung by orders from UC’s legal department to keep their mouths shut given the pending investigation & other legal matters.

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
10 months ago

I don’t think it’s much of a secret. Jesse seems to love chatting about it.

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
10 months ago

Moreso just answering things like who is on the staff (or interim staff) and how
the training is going. No need to mention Teri

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