National Team Member Cassidy Bayer Gives Early Verbal Commitment

Cassidy Bayer, a junior at West Potomac High School in Alexandria, Virginia, has made a verbal commitment to swim for the University of California, Berkeley beginning with the 2018-19 season.

Bayer swims for Nation’s Capital Swim Club and is the top butterflyer of her class. At Olympic Trials last summer she was the only woman under 21 years of age to final in the 100 fly, finishing fourth with 58.35, a mere 1.14 seconds behind second-place Dana Vollmer. She was even closer to a trip to Rio in the 200 fly, her specialty. There she finished third in 2:08.68, 1.18 seconds away from making her first U.S. Olympic team.

Bayer has been in the national spotlight since she was 12 and broke NAG marks in the 11-12 100m fly (1:01.75) and 200m fly (2:15.02). At the Tom Dolan Invitational in December of 2013, she crushed Mary T. Meagher’s 34-year-old 13-14 NAG in the 200y fly with 1:56.01. In high school swimming, Bayer set Virginia 6A and state high school records in the 200 IM (1:59.19) as a sophomore. She sat out her junior year season because of an injury (she tore her meniscus), but recently competed at PSS Atlanta and took third in the 200 fly with 2:10.67. In a post-race interview she expressed confidence in getting back into shape for World Championship Trials this summer.

Bayer’s top performances to date have been in long course meters, but her best SCY time in the 200 fly would have scored at 2017 NCAA DI Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships. Bayer will have one year of overlap with Kathleen Baker and Katie McLaughlin, Cal’s top 200 IMer and 200 butterflyler.

Her top SCY times are:

  • 200 fly – 1:55.20
  • 100 fly – 52.78
  • 50 fly – 24.52
  • 200 IM – 1:58.21
  • 400 IM – 4:12.72

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swamfan
5 years ago

I thought the word on the street was that she was going to stanford? anyways, I’m super excited she will be going to cal. Congrats, Cassidy!!

coach
Reply to  swamfan
5 years ago

every one wanna go to Stanford but only the best can be accepted there
where as public skools take any jock kal texas georgia usc michigan zona

Cassidys a good athlete but coach Meehan have bigger fishes to fry
Ruck Bartell Merell Areola Nordman Goders Raab all visited already

word is expect some big name verbals for NerdNation soon
your welcome

Troy
Reply to  coach
5 years ago

Hahaha Cassidy is a huge name….. I saw her win a sectional meet at 12…and she has only improved. So talented and a great get for any school. I would not be surprised if she if top 3 in the 2 fly and maybe 1 fly. She goes 2:08 long course so fast and she best Ella Easton the past 3 summers so watch out for this girl.

DrSwimPhil
5 years ago

She was screwed out of an Olympic spot

Swimmer
Reply to  DrSwimPhil
5 years ago

By being beaten by 2 girls who went faster on the day? Her time will come. She is an awesome swimmer.

DrSwimPhil
Reply to  Swimmer
5 years ago

…one of which shouldn’t have been swimming in the final (or even the semifinals)

Swimfan
5 years ago

Great pickup Cal! You’re getting a true” never-give-up” lady that will only enhance the program. Can’t wait to see what Cassidy does when she gets on campus. Great things are in store both, in and out of the water!

bobo gigi
5 years ago

Not very original…. 😆
But congrats to Cassidy. I wish her the best.

Coachy
5 years ago

I thought if you were good as an age grouper you were supposed to fail later In your career? That’s what everyone on these forums always say…..

anarobic
5 years ago

“Grateful for my Mom on this Mother’s Day to announce my verbal commitment to swim at the University of California Berkeley! GO BEARS”

I am sorry, but grammatically this is a mess. Did her mom swim for cal?

Ervin
Reply to  anarobic
5 years ago

Whatever….its twitter not the SATs

WestBerkeleyFlats
Reply to  anarobic
5 years ago

Slightly awkward, but intelligible syntax. I assume that you understand that grammar is generally used in linguistics to describe the underlying structure and syntax of language and not usage. I don’t see how anyone can parse the statement to mean that it suggests that her mother swam for Cal. Also, you’re not using the conventional spelling of anaerobic.

On Fleek
Reply to  anarobic
5 years ago

Hey ANAROBIC, hopefully you will have less of an issue with her Insta post, maybe? :p

“Grateful I have my Mom by my side on this Mother’s Day to announce my verbal commitment to swim at the University of California Berkeley class of 2022! I would like to thank both of my parents, my brother, teammates, and coach Jeff King for their support. GO BEARS??? & Happy Mother’s Day! ???”

OBear73
Reply to  On Fleek
5 years ago

Haters will be haters. Congrats on your picking Berkeley to further your education and swimming. Go Bears!

Swim mom
Reply to  anarobic
5 years ago

Yes she’s a minor on Twitter and she is announcing her acceptance at a highly-competitive school.
Sorry, that warranted better writing and proof-reading.

DrivinWheel
Reply to  Swim mom
5 years ago

Thank you for your pedantic comment. To continue your service to the swim community, please creep Cassidy’s Facebook page and give us a critique of her prom dress.

Swim mom
Reply to  DrivinWheel
5 years ago

Drivingwheel, I have NO interest in stalking this young woman and commenting on her prom dress. Why would you even suggest that?
She is obviously a talented and high-visibility athlete. As a result, her post was made public – hence the comments. Her prom dress is none of my business or yours.

DrivinWheel
Reply to  Swim mom
5 years ago

I’m relieved to hear that. Let’s join in wishing Cassidy the best in her academic and swim careers.

Not Betty
Reply to  anarobic
5 years ago

Congratulations Cassidy! Go Bears!?

Ervin
5 years ago

Huge pick up for Cal! Congrats Cassidy!

samuel huntington
5 years ago

I don’t think she has done tapered times for SCY in awhile so who knows how fast she could be

PNW
Reply to  samuel huntington
5 years ago

They should put “and improving”

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