Cal’s Long Gutierrez was back in action today in the Golden Bears’ first meet of 2017. Transfer Matt Josa also made his season debut, swimming in his first NCAA meet with Cal.
It’s early in the year, but the Canadians already have four junior swimmers who are ranked first worldwide this season for 17&under females spanning across a total of eight events.
After the mid season rest meets the Stanford women lead the Division 1 Swimulator rankings (basically scoring out as it…
Now that the 2nd round of 2016 midseason invites for NCAA teams are in the books, we’ve put together a list of the top NCAA swimmers in each women’s event up to this point.
Baker and Bilquist traded blows through the first portion of the race, with Baker taking the early lead at the 100, but Bilquist fighting back for the edge at the 150. In the end, Baker had a breakthrough, roaring to a 1:49.83 victory ahead of Bilquist’s 1:50.06.
Cal freshman Abbey Weitzeil blasted a 47.22 to top 100 free prelims on the way to an NCAA ‘A’ cut and the fastest time in the NCAA this year.
On the women’s side, Cal’s Noemie Thomas was arguably the most impressive swimmer of the evening. Thomas blasted a 50.67 in the 100 fly to lead a 1-2 finish with teammate Farida Osman (51.20).
The big story in the 100 breast was Florida State’s Natalie Pierce picking up an NCAA ‘A’ time with her 58.25, which sits as the 2nd fastest time in the NCAA this season behind only Olympic champ Lilly King.
Kalisz was just hundredths shy of his personal best time in the 200 IM tonight, taking down a stacked field with his winning time of 1:41.26.
In the 100 back, Pac-12 champ Amy Bilquist blasted a dominant 51.93 in the 100 back to break the former Pool Record of 52.22 set by Natalie Coughlin in 2003.
The Texas women will take on a tough schedule this weekend, facing Cal and Stanford in a pair of back-to-back dual meets in northern California
With the returning group, Cal has no lack of depth in the sprints and several potential individual scorers. Now add Abbey Weitzeil, Maddie Murphy, and Keaton Blovad to the mix and you’ve got a dangerous looking sprint free group for the Golden Bears.
Cate Campbell has given the freestyle leg on Australia’s medley relay despite fading to 6th in the individual race, getting beaten by her sister Bronte.
Kylie Masse broke her own 100 back national record in the 400 medley relay prelims this morning, leading off the Canadian women who also combined to break the national record.