No. 9 Cal women’s swimming dove back into the water Friday for a nonconference dual meet against UC San Diego. Cal was back in action for the first time since winning its first two Pac-12 dual meets of the season in mid-October versus Utah and Washington State.
The Bears were crowned royalty after facing the UCSD Tritons at the Canyonview Aquatic Center, continuing their undefeated winning streak in the regular competition season. Cal came out on top with 170 points and made a lasting mark on the Triton record board, shattering four pool records. The Tritons, on the other hand, only scored 92 points in their home pool.
Junior Isabelle Stadden won three events in total, setting a new pool record in the 200-yard individual medley. Stadden finished the IM with a time of 2:02.32, about a half a second faster than the record previously set in 2018. The junior also claimed victory in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:50.58, and broke another record, along with her teammates, in the 400-yard medley relay.
Starting off the meet with a bang, the Bears raced ahead the 400-yard medley relay. Stadden was the lead with a split time of 54.09 in the first 100-yard backstroke of the relay. Then, senior Jade Neser was up, making a mark with 1:01.47 in her breaststroke leg of the relay. Next up was sophomore Mia Kragh with her time of 53.24 in the butterfly, and finally senior Eloise Riley brought it home with a 100 free split time of 50.13.
Cal finished five seconds ahead of its second relay and annihilated the previous record. The Bears marked a time of 3:38.93, replacing the previous set record of 3:47.60 set in 2015 by San Diego State University.
Junior Emily Gantriis also had a standout meet with three wins in individual events. She took both the 50 yard freestyle and the 100-yard freestyle with times of 23.43 and 50.95, respectively. Gantriis also helped the Bears take the new pool record for the 200-yard freestyle relay. With sophomore Ella Mazurek leading off, then Riley, then Gantriis and finally the anchor Emma Davidson, Cal broke the record with a time of 1:32.47.
But the Bears weren’t done yet: Senior Rachel Klinkler demolished the seven-year-old pool record for the 200-yard butterfly. She posted a time of 1:58.81, almost four seconds faster than the previous set time. Her teammate, Leah Polonsky, finished only two tenths of a second behind her with a time of 1:59.04.
Finally, senior Ayla Spitz tallied up two victories for the bears in both the 100-yard backstroke and the 500-yard freestyle. To start off the meet, she finished first, almost three seconds ahead of the competition, with a time of 54.59 in the 100 back. Then, later, she came home with a time of 4:52.97 in the 500 free which was just shy of the pool record.
Spitz mentioned how sentimental this season has been for her as a senior, and how every meet is a little more important as her career comes to an end.
“It is bittersweet. We still have the full season ahead of us,” she said. “I am going to miss this place a lot. And I am really trying to just soak it all in here and make the most of it and just take it one meet at a time.”
Cal women’s swim now has a short break for the month of November. Next, it will travel to icy Minnesota for its invitation meet from Nov. 30 to Dec. 3.