Canadian National Team Member Sarah Darcel to Join Cal Women’s Team

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Cal’s women’s swimming & diving team has added another recruit to its roster for the 2017-18 season with the signing of Sarah Darcel from Victoria, British Columbia, to a National Letter of Intent Tuesday.

A member of Canada’s national team for the FINA World Swimming Championships (25 meters) this past December, Darcel will represent Canada at the World University Games in Taipei, Taiwan, this coming August.

“Sarah is a very versatile, smart swimmer who should make a wonderful addition to our team,” head coach Teri McKeever said. “She just did a great job at Canada’s World Championships Trials, making their World University Games team for this summer. We look forward to Sarah joining our program.”

Darcel competed in all three individual medley events at short-course worlds in December, finishing sixth in the 200-meter IM (2:08.59), 10th in the 100 IM (1:00.06) and 10th in the 400 IM (4:35.66). She also swam in the prelims of the 200 free relay that later won a gold medal.

Darcel captured individual gold of her own in the 400 IM at the 2016 Junior Pan Pacific Championships in Maui last August, touching the wall in 4:39.83. In addition, she earned silver medals after swimming the anchor leg on Canada’s 400 free relay and 400 medley relay, while taking fourth in the 200 IM and seventh in the 200 butterfly.

At the 2016 Canadian Olympic Trials, Darcel placed fourth in the 200 IM and fifth in the 400 IM, and also competed in the backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly events.

Darcel becomes the 11th member of Cal’s recruiting class for next season, joining a group that signed with the Bears in the fall.

As a team, Cal is coming off a runner-up finish at the NCAA Championships – the ninth year in a row the Bears have placed among the top three nationally.

Press release courtesy of Cal Athletics.

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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