Pac-12 Conference Championships, Day Four Prelims: Cal in Position to Capture Team Crown

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Pac-12 Conference Championships, Day Four Prelims: Cal in Position to Capture Team Crown

Day Four Prelims, Houston Texas

With Stanford holding a 16.5-point advantage over Cal heading into the final day of the Pac-12 Conference Women’s Championships, the last morning of prelims will be critical in determining what points will be available during the last session of finals. Here is a look at how the action unfolded on Saturday morning.

Team Standings (Through Day Three)

1. Stanford University              1091   
  2. University of California- Berk   1074.5
  3. UC Los Angeles                    789   
  4. University of Southern Calif      732.5
  5. Utah, University of               657   
  6. University of Arizona             633
  7. Washington State University       355

Up-Mid-Down

  • California 10-4-2
  • Stanford 8-2-3
  • USC 6-4-0
  • UCLA 3-9-4
  • Arizona 2-4-7
  • Utah 2-4-6
  • Washington State 1-5-4

200 Backstroke

The first shot of the day was fired by Cal, as Isabelle Stadden led qualifying in the 200 backstroke, and was supported by a pair of teammates in the top four. Stadden put up a time of 1:52.66 to grab the top seed by more than a second and was followed in the No. 2 position by teammate Alicia Wilson (1:53.79), with sophomore Bear Ayla Spitz qualifying fourth at 1:55.21.

Utah’s Audrey Reimer was third in 1:54.72 and Stanford occupied the fifth and sixth spots behind the duo of Alex Crisera (1:55.71) and Janelle Rudolph (1:56.03).


 Event 17  Women 200 Yard Backstroke
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         NCAA: N 1:47.24  3/23/2019 Beata Nelson, Wisconsin
       PAC-12: M 1:47.30  2018      Kathleen Baker, CAL
 PAC-12 Champ: P 1:48.27  2018      Kathleen Baker, CAL
                 1:50.50  A Standard
                 1:57.11  B Standard
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Stadden, Isabel  FR CAL               1:49.77    1:52.66 B      
             26.29        54.55 (28.26)
        1:23.54 (28.99)     1:52.66 (29.12)
  2 Wilson, Alicia   JR CAL               1:53.96    1:53.79 B      
             26.75        55.51 (28.76)
        1:24.68 (29.17)     1:53.79 (29.11)
  3 Reimer, Audrey   JR UTAH              1:56.81    1:54.73 B      
             27.22        55.86 (28.64)
        1:25.30 (29.44)     1:54.73 (29.43)
  4 Spitz, Ayla      SO CAL               1:55.82    1:55.21 B      
             27.33        55.78 (28.45)
        1:25.10 (29.32)     1:55.21 (30.11)
  5 Crisera, Alex    SO STAN              1:55.60    1:55.71 B      
             27.71        56.88 (29.17)
        1:26.13 (29.25)     1:55.71 (29.58)
  6 Rudolph, Janell  FR STAN                   NT    1:56.03 B      
             26.75        55.87 (29.12)
        1:25.89 (30.02)     1:56.03 (30.14)
  7 Janvier, Aela    SO USC               1:54.86    1:56.52 B      
             26.65        55.73 (29.08)
        1:26.15 (30.42)     1:56.52 (30.37)
  8 Howard, Abriana  JR UCLA              1:55.57    1:56.54 B      
             26.95        56.02 (29.07)
        1:25.94 (29.92)     1:56.54 (30.60)

100 Freestyle

The Saturday-morning momentum generated by Cal in the 200 backstroke was taken to another level in the 100 freestyle as the Bears had the four-fastest qualifiers, topped by Isabel Ivey. Coming off victories on Friday night in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, Ivey clocked in at 47.56 in the 100 free, the only time under 48 seconds.

Taking the second seed for the final was Cal’s Robin Neumann, who went 48.08 and was the winner of the 200 freestyle on Friday night. The Bears watched Eloise Riley qualify third in 48.57, with Elise Garcia going 48.71 for fourth. Stanford was able to place Anya Goeders in the fifth position and Amalie Fackenthal also advanced to the final, taking eighth.

 Event 18  Women 100 Yard Freestyle
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         NCAA: N 45.56  3/18/2017 Simone Manuel, Stanford
       PAC-12: M 45.56  2017      Simone Manuel, Stanford
 PAC-12 Champ: P 46.35  2019      Abbey Weitzeil, CAL
                 47.18  A Standard
                 49.51  B Standard
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Ivey, Isabel     JR CAL                 47.24      47.56 B      
             10.84        22.80 (11.96)
          35.16 (12.36)       47.56 (12.40)
  2 Neumann, Robin   SR CAL                 48.34      48.08 B      
             11.02        23.07 (12.05)
          35.54 (12.47)       48.08 (12.54)
  3 Riley, Eloise    SO CAL                 48.82      48.57 B      
             11.03        23.23 (12.20)
          35.91 (12.68)       48.57 (12.66)
  4 Garcia, Elise    JR CAL                 49.03      48.71 B      
             11.04        23.08 (12.04)
          35.88 (12.80)       48.71 (12.83)
  5 Goeders, Anya    JR STAN                50.07      48.86 B      
             10.91        23.11 (12.20)
          35.99 (12.88)       48.86 (12.87)
  6 Delgado, Anicka  FR USC                 49.63      48.93 B      
             11.20        23.60 (12.40)
          36.39 (12.79)       48.93 (12.54)
  7 Grover, Claire   JR UCLA                49.36      48.94 B      
             11.00        23.50 (12.50)
          36.29 (12.79)       48.94 (12.65)
  8 Fackenthal, Ama  JR STAN                49.27      48.95 B      
             11.11        23.33 (12.22)
          36.06 (12.73)       48.95 (12.89)

200 Breaststroke

Southern Cal’s Kaitlyn Dobler, already the conference champion in the 100 breaststroke, registered the fastest time of prelims in the 200 breast, as her swim of 2:08.42 was slightly quicker than the 2:08.53 of Stanford’s Allie Raab. Stanford also claimed the third seed for the night session, thanks to Zoe Bartel touching the wall in 2:09.31.

USC’s Isabelle Odgers advanced as the fourth seed in 2:09.79 and Cal got a pair of key performances from Ema Rajic and Ali Harrison, as they qualified fifth and sixth.

 Event 19  Women 200 Yard Breaststroke
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         NCAA: N 2:02.60  3/17/2018 Lilly King, Indiana
       PAC-12: M 2:04.75  2009      Rebecca Soni, USC
 PAC-12 Champ: P 2:04.75  2009      Rebecca Soni, USC
                 2:06.84  A Standard
                 2:13.97  B Standard
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Dobler, Kaitlyn  FR USC               2:09.50    2:08.42 B      
             29.00      1:02.41 (33.41)
        1:35.28 (32.87)     2:08.42 (33.14)
  2 Raab, Allie      JR STAN              2:07.15    2:08.53 B      
             29.75      1:02.19 (32.44)
        1:35.20 (33.01)     2:08.53 (33.33)
  3 Bartel, Zoe      JR STAN              2:11.69    2:09.31 B      
             29.99      1:02.60 (32.61)
        1:35.46 (32.86)     2:09.31 (33.85)
  4 Odgers, Isabell  JR USC               2:08.94    2:09.79 B      
             29.68      1:02.48 (32.80)
        1:36.33 (33.85)     2:09.79 (33.46)
  5 Rajic, Ema       JR CAL               2:07.16    2:09.84 B      
             28.86      1:01.30 (32.44)
        1:35.28 (33.98)     2:09.84 (34.56)
  6 Harrison, Ali    SR CAL               2:12.30    2:11.38 B      
             29.42      1:01.98 (32.56)
        1:35.77 (33.79)     2:11.38 (35.61)
  7 Zhao, Grace      SR STAN              2:12.49    2:11.65 B      
             29.60      1:02.43 (32.83)
        1:36.58 (34.15)     2:11.65 (35.07)
  8 Duarte, Mackenz  SR WSU               2:11.33    2:13.11 B      
             30.09      1:03.14 (33.05)
        1:37.44 (34.30)     2:13.11 (35.67)

200 Butterfly

Concluding what was a tremendous morning for Cal, Rachel Klinker claimed the top seed in the 200 butterfly in 1:54.04, more than two seconds clear of the 1:56.48 by Southern Cal’s Hallie Kinsey. In its quest to reel in Stanford in the team battle, Cal placed 10 athletes in the championship final, with Stanford managing eight. More, Cal’s A-Final qualifiers are more toward the top of the field.

Stanford’s Hannah Kukurugya advanced as the third seed in 1:56.65 while UCLA’s Sam Baron was fourth in a time of 1:58.21.

 Event 20  Women 200 Yard Butterfly
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         NCAA: N 1:49.51  2/24/2018 Ella Eastin, Stanford
       PAC-12: M 1:49.51  2018      Ella Eastin, Stanford
 PAC-12 Champ: P 1:49.51  2018      Ella Eastin, Stanford
                 1:53.20  A Standard
                 1:59.23  B Standard
    Name           Year School               Seed    Prelims              
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                      === Preliminaries ===                       
 
  1 Klinker, Rachel  SO CAL               1:53.51    1:54.04 B      
             25.49        53.64 (28.15)
        1:22.80 (29.16)     1:54.04 (31.24)
  2 Kinsey, Hallie   JR USC               1:58.04    1:56.48 B      
             25.70        54.41 (28.71)
        1:24.24 (29.83)     1:56.48 (32.24)
  3 Kukurugya, Hann  SR STAN              1:55.31    1:56.65 B      
             26.16        55.24 (29.08)
        1:24.92 (29.68)     1:56.65 (31.73)
  4 Baron, Sam       FR UCLA              1:55.66    1:58.21 B      
             27.01        56.53 (29.52)
        1:27.13 (30.60)     1:58.21 (31.08)
  5 Turner, Makenna  JR USC               1:59.37    1:58.76 B      
             26.76        56.89 (30.13)
        1:27.76 (30.87)     1:58.76 (31.00)
  6 Farrow, Hannah   SO ARIZ              2:00.11    1:58.85 B      
             26.21        56.09 (29.88)
        1:26.93 (30.84)     1:58.85 (31.92)
  7 Heimstead, Juli  FR ARIZ              2:00.16    1:58.93 B      
             26.30        56.60 (30.30)
        1:27.40 (30.80)     1:58.93 (31.53)
  8 Niemczak, Zofie  JR UTAH              2:05.27    2:00.91        
             27.08        57.64 (30.56)
        1:28.82 (31.18)     2:00.91 (32.09)