The Bubble Bulletin

Cal Bears, Bay Area Athletes Keep Rolling in Olympic Medals

Posted by Liz Claytor on Mon, Aug 06, 2012 @ 09:50 AM

nathan adrian medleyLast Friday, a friend emailed: "If Cal was a country we'd be 11th in the medal count!" And, if we include Bay Area athletes in the tally the ranking would be even more staggering!

Here's an article, Adrian, Vollmer Lead Cal Gold Rush, posted last Wednesday. Then, on Saturday, Nathan Adrian went on to win gold in the 4X100m medley relay with teammates, Michael Phelps, Matt Grevers and Brendan Hansen.

Rewind to last Thursday as we witnessed the U.S. women's rowing team grab gold in the 1500-meter women's eight rowing competition over Canada. It was a back-to-back Olympic Gold and the 7th straight world title for the team. Led by coxswain, Mary Whipple of Sacramento, CA (whose sister, Sarah is an assistant coach at Cal) and joined by Cal graduate Erin Cafaro of Modesto and Ellie Logan (Standford grad), along with the entire team - shoved their boat first across the finish line. Read the story about Two Area Rowers Help Win Gold. And watch the inspiring post-race interview with the women's eight team by Michele Tafoya.

Over the weekend, Kerri Walsh of Stanford advanced to the semifinal round of Beach Volleyball with partner Misty May-Treanor. And earlier, Rachel Bootsma and Jessica Hardy of Cal won a gold medal as part of the 400-meter medley relay team, although they did not swim in the final.

Current medal count total of the two Bay Area colleges

Cal: 8 Gold, 1 Silver, 4 Bronze
Stanford: 3 Gold, 0 Silver, 1 Bronze

So, from beach volleyball to diving, rowing, sailing, swimming and beyond, it's been an amazing Olympics for Cal and Bay Area athletes. Go Cal Bears...Go Bay Area Athletes!

Tags: Cal Swimming, Swimming news, Olympic Swimming

Cal Bears Win Back-to-Back Men's & Women's NCAA Swimming Championships!

Posted by Liz Claytor on Wed, Apr 11, 2012 @ 11:42 AM

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Move over Title Town, we've got Swim City, USA right here in the East Bay! The Cal Bears men's and women's swimming and diving teams are NCAA Champs, again!

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Not only is it uncommon for a team to repeat as national champs, it's extremely rare to have both men's and women's teams from the same school do it together, in back-to-back years.

But that's exactly what the Cal Bears men's and women's swimming teams have accomplished. Call it the double-double, or whatever superlative you can think of because Cal just became the fourth school ever to have it's men's and women's swimming and diving teams repeat as national champs.

Read more about the men's and women's championships.

As Cal alumni and former members of the Cal swim team, Christian and I are euphoric over our alma mater's amazing achievement. And, on behalf of all of us at Splash Swim School we're extremely proud and wish to congratulate coaches Teri McKeever and David Durden, along with all members of the championship teams!

Kind of makes you want to sign up for a swimming lesson, doesn't it?

Way to go Bears!

Tags: Cal Swimming, NCAA Champs

Cal Women's Swimming & Diving Wins NCAA Championships!

Posted by Liz Claytor on Fri, Apr 08, 2011 @ 04:27 PM

Hey Swim Fans,

The Cal Women's Swimming & Diving team swam to a decisive win at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas.  This is the second win for the Bears in three years. Check out the article on

Also, we found an ESPN video of the final relay win. Enjoy!

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 Roll on you Bears...                 

Tags: Cal Swimming, Swimming news, Olympic Swimming, PAc-10 Swimming