US National Team Member Isabelle Stadden to Return to Cal After Exploring Transfer

After placing her name in the transfer portal in June to allow her to be “exploring her options”, Isabelle Stadden has decided to stay at Cal.

Stadden will be a rising junior this fall and has spent her first two seasons at Cal. Stadden was SwimSwam’s #3 ranked recruit in the girls high school class of 2020.

In her freshman season, Stadden won the 200 back (1:50.83), finished second in the 100 back (51.17) and second in the 200 IM (1:55.80) at the Pac-12 Championships. She went on to swim at NCAAs where she finished third in the 200 back (1:49.66) and fifth in the 100 back (50.87) helping Cal to a fourth place finish as a team.

As a sophomore, Stadden defended her title in the 200 back (1:49.51), finished second in the 100 back (51.08) and eighth in the 200 IM (1:57.98) at the 2022 Pac-12 Championships.

At the 2022 NCAA Championships, Stadden finished fourth in the 200 back (1:49.95) and seventh in the 100 back (50.81) helping Cal to an eighth place finish as a team. She also finished 22nd in the 200 IM (1:56.51) and was on Cal’s 200 and 400 medley relays as well as their 400 free relay.

At the international level, Stadden represented the US at the 2021 FINA Short Course (25m) World Championships in December 2021. There she earned a bronze medal swimming the 200 backstroke in a 2:02.20.

She also competed in the 2022 US International Team trials in April 2022. There she finished fifth in both the 100 (59.16) and 200 (2:09.69) backstrokes. At the 2021 Wave II Olympic Trials, Stadden was fourth in the 200 back (2:07.86) and fifth in the 100 back (59.37).

Stadden’s best SCY times are:

  • 50 free – 22.71 (high school)
  • 100 free – 49.48  (high school)
  • 200 free – 1:49.12 (January 2021)
  • 100 back – 50.81 (2022 NCAAs)
  • 200 back – 1:49.45 (2022 NCAAs)
  • 200 IM – 1:55.80 (2021 Pac-12s)

Stadden was one of many Cal swimmers to enter their name into the transfer portal after abuse allegations that have become public about head coach Teri McKeever, and McKeever’s subsequent leave of absence. Currently, there are six members of Cal’s roster in the portal (although that number includes Stadden).

The return of Stadden is huge for the Golden Bears as she was their second highest scorer at 2022 Pac-12s with 82 individual points. She also was the team’s second highest scorer at 2022 NCAAs as she scored 27 individual points. Notably, Cal’s highest scorer at both of those meets Isabel Ivey currently has her name in the portal.

Stadden will have two years of eligibility remaining as well as the extra year granted to swimmers during the 2020-2021 COVID-19 season.

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Swim fan
6 months ago

Wonder if Marsh going to help
Out Cal played into this? Guessing it becomes a combined team under Durden/Marsh

Blake pierogi
6 months ago

Big L for SMU and U of M

Reply to  Blake pierogi
6 months ago

One of these days someone’s going to transfer to SMU and no one will believe it.

Bears Bears Bears
6 months ago

Sounds like Cal will most likely combine temporarily under Durden. Stadden and others will be able to train under an elite level coach which is ultimately what they thought they were signing up for. With the addition of new coaches to his staff, Durden will continue to be an awesome leader of young people.

Reply to  Bears Bears Bears
6 months ago

With Marsh working with Jesse to lead the women?

6 months ago

How does a swimmer who has put their name in the transfer portal indicate they’ve decided to stay?
Just by removing their name from the portal, or do they make a statement of some sort?

Reply to  BearlyBreathing
6 months ago

removes their name and then coaches cannot not message them

6 months ago

Clearly she was impressed with the LLC

Reply to  ScottyJ
6 months ago

What is the LLC? I’ve seen it referenced a few times. Is it a joke or something real?

Reply to  Dan
6 months ago

It’s in reference to acting head coach Jesse Moore’s website:

Time For Barta To Go
Reply to  Dan
6 months ago

Oh, it’s real. And it is a joke.

6 months ago

Wow. Big news. I hope it works out for her.

6 months ago

Is the next article Isabel Ivey transfers to Virginia ?

Reply to  Huh
6 months ago


6 months ago

Shoulda gone to the Pack!

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Anya has been with SwimSwam since June 2021 as both a writer and social media coordinator. She was in attendance at the 2022 Women's NCAA Championships writing and doing social media for SwimSwam. Currently, Anya is pursuing her B.A. in Government & Law and Economics at Lafayette College. There she is …

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