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Cal Girls Win Final Pac-12 Title, First of Dave Durden Period


The Cal girls led from begin to end on the last-ever Girls’s Pac-12 Championships this week, profitable their sixth convention crown — and first since 2021 — by greater than 100 factors over USC and two-time defending champion Stanford.

Remaining Staff Scores

  1. Cal – 1,397.5
  2. USC – 1,291
  3. Stanford – 1,283
  4. UCLA – 1,089
  5. Arizona State – 990.5
  6. Utah – 628.5
  7. Arizona – 514
  8. Washington State – 498.5

The Bears received off to a sizzling begin by breaking the Pac-12 Championships document within the first race of the meet, the 200 medley relay (1:33.89), taking down their very own six-year-old commonplace of 1:34.13 from 2018. In the meantime, Stanford and USC each suffered expensive disqualifications within the 200 medley and 800 freestyle relays, respectively.

Cal didn’t earn any wins on Thursday, however this system leaned on its depth to increase its lead heading into Friday’s motion. Individually, the Bears received victories from senior Isabelle Stadden within the 100 again (50.39) and 200 again (1:50.16), junior Mia Kragh within the 100 fly (50.89), and fifth-year Rachel Klinker within the 200 fly (1:51.74) to energy them previous the Trojans and Cardinal.

Cal’s win marks the fruits of a surprisingly fast turnaround following the firing of longtime head coach Teri McKeever final January. Males’s head coach Dave Durden took over the ladies’s staff throughout the summer season of 2022, receiving a $110,000 increase for the additional work. He’s in line for a $4,000 bonus for main the Bears to the Pac-12 title this yr, and he’ll doubtless add one other $2,000 bonus for Pac-12 Coach of the Yr honors as nicely. Final yr, Durden led the lads’s staff to a second consecutive NCAA title.

Regardless of the Third-place end this yr, Stanford nonetheless boasts 21 extra Pac-12 titles than Cal all-time. Solely three different groups — Arizona (4), UCLA (two), and USC (one) have gained convention crowns.

Most Pac-12 Staff Titles

  1. Stanford – 25
  2. Cal – 6
  3. Arizona – 4
  4. UCLA – 2
  5. USC – 1

Subsequent yr, Cal and Stanford will depart to the ACC, USC and UCLA will bolt for the Huge Ten, and Arizona, Arizona State, and Utah will be a part of the Huge 12. Washington State has a brief dwelling subsequent season within the West Coast Convention, however they don’t sponsor swimming and diving.

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