Junior Ema Rajic set a Cal record in the 100-yard breaststroke and posted the No. 2 time in school history in the 200 breast, as the Golden Bears took on Stanford for a second consecutive weekend in a non-scoring dual meet Saturday.
Ema Rajic covered the 100 breast in 58.93, just under her mark of 58.97 from the 2019 NCAA Championships. She also finished the 200 breast in 2:07.16 for a more than one-second improvement from her previous personal best, keeping her second in the Cal annals.
In addition, two other Bears posted improvements among Cal’s all-time best list. Sophomore Alicia Wilson lowered her PR in the 400 individual medley to 4:04.10, good for the No. 3 mark at Cal, while freshman Isabelle Stadden went 1:49.77 to win the 200 back. The time puts her in the No. 4 slot on the school’s all-time list in the event and is a 1.4-second improvement over her 200 back result from last weekend.
Several other Cal swimmers picked up racing wins during the day – freshman Emily Gantriis in the 50 free (22.14), junior Isabel Ivey in the 100 free (48.01), and sophomore Rachel Klinker in the 200 free (1:46.89) and 200 fly (1:55.80).
The Cardinal collected a pair of event titles, beginning with Brooke Forde‘s victory with a time of 4:39.58 in the 500-yard freestyle. Morgan Tankersley placed second in the event at 4:41.58.
Allie Raab accounted for Stanford’s win of the afternoon, clocking in at 59.75 in the 100-yard breaststroke.
The greatest sprint breaststroker in history, Adam Peaty added to his legacy during the International Swimming League Grand Final when he lowered his own world record in the short-course version of the 100-meter breaststroke. One week after setting the world record in the event at 55.49 during the ISL semifinals, the London Roar’s Peaty went 55.41 to fend off Ilya Shymanovich of Energy Standard. Shymanovich was timed in 55.49, equal to the former world mark.
The reigning Olympic champion in the 100 breaststroke, Peaty is best known for his talent in the long-course pool, but his skill also translates to the short-course pool, despite Peaty’s weaknesses being his starts and turns. But once the British athlete gets going through the water, there is no one in the world who can match his speed.
Peaty, who is coached by Mel Marshall, and Shymanovich tussled again at the end of the session when they clashed in the Skins race. Peaty got the best of Shymanovich again, in the process securing the Roar’s third-place finish in the team standings. The Cali Condors won the team title by taking down Energy Standard, the defending champ. The L.A. Current finished in fourth.