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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don’t you mean the 18-19 season

Hint of Lime

Go Bears! Congratulations, Cassidy. Any idea where she would land in Swimswam’s rankings for the top recruits of the class of 2018?

Hint of Lime – this is going to be a REALLY GOOD class (aren’t they all these days?). On a quick scan, she’s probably top 3 in some order with Taylor Rock and Eva Merrell. There’s a TON of backstrokers and butterfliers in the class, so based on our methodology that would give some lift to a great breaststroker if there were one in the class…and while there’s some very good ones, probably none good enough to bump her out.


What about Zoe Bartel? She’s the NAG record holder in the 200 Breast for 15-16 year olds and her 100 isn’t far off. She has a 59.04 and a 2:07.73, not to mention a 1:58.27 in her 200 IM which is basically the same as Bayer’s. She can already score in both breaststrokes, something Bayer can’t do in fly and has serious relay value. She might have even better long course time, a 1:07.82 and 2:25.46 from Junior Pan Pacs.

NM Coach

What about Lucie Nordmann??????

Speed Racer

I was thinking that Mary Sophie Harvey has made a run these past few months.


While Mary Sophie Harvey is great, she is Canadian and only American recruits are ranked. This is because it is tricky to know how a swimmer will transfer from meters to yards and because you are never sure if an international student will choose to come to college in the U.S. Should Harvey choose to come, I would assume that she would be the best IMer in the class by far/


Will that pull Taylor Ruck from the list then? She is Canadian but attending a US high school. Just wondering.


I would guess not since she has tons of SCY times and lives in the US

Speedracer – we’ll probably make the official call when we rank the recruits closer to the opening of the official recruiting season (July 1), but typically we’ve included foreign athletes only when they live, train and compete in the United States. Ruck would probably fit that bill, considering she competes at the high school and club level in Arizona.


Probably not. Given that she lives and trains in the U.S., it is likely she will go to a U.S. college. In the past when a swimmer lives and trains in the U.S. they usually leave them on the rankings.


Lucie Nordmann is great, but cannot score at NCAA’s yet. It is also a deep class of backstrokers, with swimmers such as Julia Cook, who have similar times in backstroke, but a lot more relay value, or Eva Merrell, who is extremely close to scoring in the 200. While Nordmann has great long course times, her short course times have not quite caught up yet.

samuel huntington

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


They should put “and improving”

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