Cal Women’s Swimming & Diving Finish Weekend Opener With UCLA Win

Robin Neumann. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Three more Spieker Athletic Complex records fell by the wayside as Cal finished off a full weekend of swimming with a 218-119 victory over UCLA Sunday.

In four sessions of racing, two sets each against USC and then UCLA starting Friday morning, the Golden Bears broke 11 school dual-meet records and 11 pool records.


“We all have a true sense of gratitude for being able to race this weekend, and for USC and UCLA being able to travel to Berkeley and accommodate an unusual format,” head coach Teri McKeever said. “In particular, we are thankful for the members of our department who are working so hard and giving our student-athletes the opportunity to do what they love and what they have been working for. I’m excited that we had a handful of lifetime bests, all-time top 10 times and a number of swims that put us near the forefront of the national competition. This gives us a lot of confidence moving into Pac-12s and NCAAs. I thought the consistency and the energy was good in all four sessions, and I’m looking forward to building on a great weekend.”

The first pool record to fall was in 1650-yard free where Sarah DiMeco posted a time of 16:13.97, good for the 13th fastest time in the country this season. While the distance free event is not common in dual-meet competition, it did snap a record set by Andrea Hayes of Texas set in 1990.

In the 400 individual medley, Alicia Wilson lowered the Spieker record to 4:06.64, which was nearly three seconds faster than the previous mark of 4:09.51 established by Caitlin Leverenz in 2012. Wilson also set the pool and dual-meet record in the 200 IM on Saturday (1:53.58).

The Bears closed out the session with a pool and dual-meet mark in the 400 free relay as Robin Neumann, Emily Gantriis, Eloise Riley and Isabel Ivey hit the finish in 3:12.79, nipping the old record by 0.20 seconds. The time ranks No. 2 in the country this year.

Other winners on the day were Riley in the 50 free (22.28), Ivey in both the 100 back (51.86) and 100 fly (52.27), Ema Rajic in the 200 breast (2:13.09) and Robin Neumann in the 200 free (1:44.01, fifth fastest in the country). The 200 medley relay of Isabelle Stadden, Rajic, Gantriis and Elise Garcia swam to a 1:36.33 time.

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