Izzy Ivey Wins Three as Cal Hands Stanford’s First Dual Meet Loss in Six Years

Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

Izzy Ivey won three events – including Cal dual-meet records in the 100-yard backstroke and 100-yard freestyle – leading the No. 1- ranked Golden Bears to a 178-117 victory over 10th-rated Stanford on Saturday. Overall, Cal captured 11 of 16 events, with a stretch that featured eight in a row.


Cal Press Release

The result marked Cal’s first win in the series since 2015, a 158-142 decision in Berkeley, and first at Stanford in 15 years when the Bears prevailed, 169-131 in 2006.

Izzy Ivey was Cal’s only multi-winner on the day, and started her afternoon with a season-best 51.12 in the 100 back to maintain her position as the No. 2 performer in the country this year. The time was just under Isabelle Stadden’s dual-meet mark of 51.24 from Jan. 30 against UCLA. A short while later, Ivey swam to a lifetime-best 47.24 in the 100 free to break her own Cal dual-meet record from two weeks ago in Berkeley. She ended her day with a 51.68 winning time in the 100 butterfly.

The Bears got the meet off to a good start when Stadden, Ema Rajic, Ivey and Emily Gantriis secured a victory in the 200 medley relay with a time of 1:35.98, which was only 0.15 seconds off their season-best time. After Sarah DiMeco took second in the 1000 free (PR 9:43.60), Robin Neumann began a run of eight consecutive Cal wins when she prevailed in the 200 free in 1:44.10.

Rajic came within an eyelash of breaking her school record in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 58.89, while Rachel Klinker won the 200 fly in 1:54.35. Gantriis led a 1-2-3 Cal finish in the 50 free (22.27), with Elise Garcia and Eloise Riley right behind. Following Briana Thai’s win on the 1-meter springboard, the Bears swept the top three spots in the 100 free, as Riley and Gantriis touched after Ivey.

Cal’s other two winners on the day were Stadden in the 200 back (1:53.00) and Alicia Wilson in the 200 IM (1:55.37).

“I thought today was a good meet for us and I’m really proud of the women on our team,” head coach Teri McKeever said. “I appreciate Stanford honoring our seniors before the meet and I’d like to congratulate their seniors, as well. Now, we’ll turn our attention to Pac-12’s where we hope to keep building on our success these last few weeks.”

Stanford Release

Stanford women’s swimming and diving picked up five wins and posted 19 NCAA provisional standards, but were unable to upset No. 1 California, Saturday at Avery Aquatic Center. The 10th-ranked Cardinal fell 178-117 in the team’s only dual competition of the season.

The Cardinal picked up victories in the 1000 free the 500 free, 200 breast, and concluded the dual with a thrilling victory in the 200 free relay. Mia Paulsen also led the Cardinal by winning the 3-meter diving.

Morgan Tankersley picked up a win in the 1000 freestyle, taking control roughly 700 yards into the race for the two-second victory in 9:41.41.

Senior Brooke Forde capped senior day with a victory in the 500 freestyle, winning by more than two seconds in 4:40.35 – an NCAA provision mark. Forde also took second in the 200 free, setting a new personal best of 1:44.61, and the 200 IM (1:57.33).

Stanford was led by Allie Raab in the 200 breast, with the junior winning the event in 2:07.58. The quartet of Anya Goeders, Emma Wheal, Lauren Green and Lauren Pitzer held on to win a close race in the 200 free relay, defeating California’s A-team by 42-hundreths of a second – 1:28.77 to 2:29.19.

In the diving pool, Paulsen won the 3-meter (315.38) and finished third in the 1-meter (269.33).

Prior to the meet, Stanford honored the senior class of Forde, Katie Glavinovich, Green, Hannah Kukugurya, Paulsen, Pitzer, Ashley Volpenhein and Grace Zhao. Kukugurya highlight of the day was a third-place showing in the 200 IM (1:58.90) while also finishing second in the 200 fly (1:55.31).

Glavinovich swam in the 500 free and 200 IM, while Volpenhein swam in the 50 free, 100 free and 200 free relay.