Isabel Ivey contributed to two pool record-breaking Cal relays during the final session of the 2021 Chick-Fil-A Invitational.
It will be a busy session for Katie Ledecky tonight, as she’ll have both the women’s 200 free final and the 1500 free final just over an hour apart.
It was tougher to make it back for a second swim for three of five today’s events than it was in 2016, with both 400 IMs being the exceptions.
Katie McLaughlin swam just off her 200 free season best in Santa Clara on Friday with a 1:57.65, remaining No. 5 in the US this season.
For the first time in what feels like ages, SwimSwam is back on deck and our photographer Jack Spitser was able to capture images in the California sun.
On the slate tonight will be the fastest-seeded 1650 free final, followed by the finals of the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, and 400 free relay.
With Ivey, Cal looks incredibly strong for the 800 free relay crown. Without Ivey, though, Virginia could run away with this.
The clear-cut top two teams in the field are from the ACC, with Virginia leading the way, and NC State firmly in 2nd.
Ivey was dominant in winning the 100 free, 100 back and 100 fly individually, while also contributing on four winning relays for the Golden Bears.
The Louisville Cardinals pulled off a 2-point upset, breaking NC State’s 6-year conference championship string on Saturday night.
The Cal Bears have won the 2021 Pac-12 team title, their first Pac-12 title since 2015. Meanwhile, UCLA placed 3rd and Utah 5th, both historic finishes.
Tonight, Stanford’s 4-year Pac-12 winning streak could be in jeopardy as the Cal Bears trail behind the Cardinals by 16.5 points.
The final day of the 2021 PAC-12 Championships will go down to the wire in the team battle between Stanford and Cal, with Stanford holding a slight lead.
After tonight’s session, the Stanford Cardinals maintain their lead. However, the Cal Bears narrowed the lead to a 16.5-point margin.
Following along as day 1 finals for the Women’s PAC-12 Swimming and Diving Championships get underway in Houston, Texas.