Kathleen Baker Crowned Queen of the Pool in Annual Cal Meet

Olympic medalist gold and silver medalist Kathleen Baker became the Queen of the Pool this weekend in her first meet back after Rio. The meet pitted swimmers from Cal and Cal Poly in each of the 100 yard events (fly, back, breast, free, IM) in a competition for the combined fastest time.

Baker, a sophomore, finished in a total 4:43.28. Cal senior and three-time defending champion Celina Li finished second in 4:44.91 followed by sophomore Amy Bilquist in 4:45.24. Double Olympic medalist freshman Abbey Weitzeil was fourth with 4:45.46 and sophomore Katie McLaughlin was fifth with 4:52.10.

See the full results here.

Individually, Baker won the 100 fly in 54.11 and the 100 IM in 55.79. Weitzeil won the 100 free with 49.81 and the 100 breast in 1:04.56. Bilquist was the 100 back champion in 53.25.

The top finisher from Cal Poly was freshman Amelia Feick in fourteenth with 5:04.75. Her highest individual finish was 5th in the 100 breast with 1:06.42.

The Cal Golden Bears will jump back into action October 7th at Oregon State, later hosting Washington State on October 21st. The Cal Poly women have an alumni meet on October 8th and an intrasquad the 15th. They will travel to UC Santa Barbara on October 29th.

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Cal’s best breaststroker is Abbey Weitzeil?!?

looks like Cal still has a breaststroke problem


I can see it now…a 45 split relay swimmer swimming breaststroke. That would probably be the fastest combo. Baker, Weitzeil, McLaughlin, Bilquist. Yikes.


kind of like the Gators men’s team – having Caeleb Dressel to swim breaststroke at their medley relays.

Know It All

Oddly enough, it would be much faster if it were Bilquist, Baker, McLaughlin, Weitzel. Hint…Baker’s gone a 58/59 in 100 breast.


She’s going 45 and 20. Flat start this year. Count on it. Probably before NCAAs even


Crazy that WEITZEL won breast too:)


I know Amy Bilquist is a strong backstroker, but it is still shocking to see her over 2 seconds faster than Kathleen Baker (2nd in this race) – 53.25 vs 55.55 – in a 100yd race. I assume that is because Amy has superior turn and underwater? thoughts?

Cynthia mae Curran



If you watched the Olympics, Baker has great UWs, and better than Bilquist’s.


Last year. Much happened in a year.

bobo gigi

Amy Bilquist looks ready for a brilliant season. Her times so early are very encouraging. In my opinion she will quickly take the power in US women’s backstroke. She was 3rd and 4th at olympic trials in both back races after some injuries. Her long body is better for long course but her underwaters have improved a lot so she’s very competitive in yards too. She has a massive backstroke potential. The potential to dominate the world.

bobo gigi

53.25 in September, tired and in a simple training suit, that’s very good.

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Hannah Hecht grew up in Kansas and spent most of her childhood trying to convince coaches to let her swim backstroke in freestyle sets. She took her passion to Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa and swam at NAIA Nationals all four years. After graduating in 2015, she moved to …

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