Cassidy Bayer Plans to Transfer From Cal For 2021-22 Season

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Cassidy Bayer at the 2019 NCAA Championships. Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Cassidy Bayer has decided to transfer from Cal for the 2021-22 season and has entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Officials at Cal on Wednesday confirmed she has entered the transfer portal. She is no longer listed on Cal’s 2020-21 team roster as she also left school in January to take time away from swimming.

“I am looking to transfer,” Bayer said. “I have a school in mind however I am not ready to release my decision to the public yet.”

Bayer, a member of the U.S. national team, finished third at the 2016 Olympic trials in the 200-meter butterfly (2:07.97) and fourth in the 100 butterfly (58.11), nearly making the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in two events at age 16. Both of those times were second on the all-time list in the 15-16 age group behind Mary T. Meager.

Bayer redshirted last season for the Golden Bears. As a freshman, she was a big contributor and scored points for the Golden Bears in the 200-yard butterfly at the 2019 NCAA Championships, finishing 15th in 1:55.77. She also placed 57th in the 500 free (4:49.99).

Cassidy Bayer was an elite age group swimmer at Nation’s Capital Swim Club and shined in high school in her hometown of Alexandria, Virginia, at West Potomac High School. Here is a look at her accomplishments prior to joining Cal:

Cassidy Bayer: High School Accomplishments

  • Finished high school with bests of 50.00 in the 100 free, 1:46.92 in the 200 free 52.78 in the 100 fly and 1:55.20 in the 200 fly
  • Placed third in the 200-meter fly (2:07.97) and fourth in the 100-meter fly (58.11) at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials. Both times were second only to former Cal star Mary T. Meagher on the U.S. 15-16 age-group lists
  • Runner-up in the 200-meter fly at the 2015 Phillips 66 National Championships
  • Earned a bronze medal in the 400m mixed medley relay, while taking fourth in both butterfly events at the 2015 FINA World Junior Championships
  • Swam for Nation’s Capital Swim Club

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