The Cal women’s float and dive group will make a prolonged trek northward to Oregon this Friday, where it will face Oregon State University for a Pac-12 opener. This accommodate is the initial normal float accommodate of a deteriorate for a Bears and usually their second accommodate overall.
Last week, Cal decimated Cal Poly in their annual Queen of a Pool meet. In that meet, two-time Olympic medalist Kathleen Baker posted a fastest total time over 5 events, overtaking teammate and three-time reigning champ Celina Li for a pretension of Queen.
“It was a lot of fun to see a newcomers race,”said partner manager Ian Walsh. “We had a good group energetic and we unequivocally had a lot of fun removing out there to foe during Cal Poly.”
As is customarily a box early in a season, a Bears are focusing on fine-tuning fundamentals rather than posting a fastest times possible. For Olympians like Baker and Abbey Weitzeil, not swimming full stifle is still good adequate to kick a foe as they demonstrated final weekend. Weitzeil will be competing in what will be her initial of many twin meets for a Bears.
It seems as yet these Bears, whose talent and abyss consistently creates them one of a best float teams in a nation, are usually racing opposite themselves. Fundamentals are worked on in use and practical in rival environments. But a rival sourroundings isn’t unequivocally rival if one is miles — or in swimming terms, seconds — forward of a competition.
“We’re usually operative on a details, removing a freshmen acclimated with a team,” Walsh said. “Just removing a group together and prepared for a good arriving season, and we’re unequivocally vehement to revisit Oregon State.
The Beavers will certainly try their best to pull a Bears. But they’ll have to put adult a improved display than they did final weekend, as OSU mislaid to both Utah and BYU in a tri-meet by scores of 157-96 and 178-83, respectively.
The Beavers have a new conduct manager during a helm this season, employing Jennifer Buffin to reinstate prior conduct manager Larry Liebowitz. Buffin had formerly been a associate conduct manager of Hawaii’s men’s and women’s float and dive teams given 2006, teams that prisoner dual discussion titles during her tenure. She’ll wish to lift over that success to OSU.
Buffin does have some earnest pieces to work with. Felicia Anderson looks to build off of her earnest start after winning a initial eventuality of her collegiate career final week in a 100-yard backstroke. Czsarina Isleta swam a 200-yard breastroke in 2:26.03, good for third place final week.
Still, Cal’s float group is on another level. The Bears lapse pivotal swimmers such as Amy Bilquist, Katie McLaughlin and Li, all of who contributed severely to Cal’s NCAA third place finish final season. Throw in a integrate of Olympians in Baker and Weitzeil, and a Bears will infer unequivocally formidable to defeat.
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