Vandenberg Wins Second Consecutive 200 Fly Competition

July 18, 2006

For the second consecutive meet, recent graduate Kim Vandenberg won her signature event, the 200 Butterfly (2:12.18), this time at the Janet Evans Invitational over the weekend to highlight Bruin competitors at the meet. Vandenberg, the NCAA runner-up in that event at the 2006 championships, also won the 200 Fly at the Santa Clara Invitational two weeks ago.

'Kim didn't have her best meet, but she was still able to win,' said Head Coach Cyndi Gallagher. 'That just shows how great her training has been this summer.'

Vandenberg was also 10th in the 100 Fly (1:02.15), 31st in the 50 Free (27.64) and 36th in the 200 Free (2:07.08).

The Bruins also had successful swims from two seniors, Jeana Fuccillo and Isabel Miesner. Fuccillo finished 15th in the 200 Breast (2:39.52) for her highest finish of the meet. She also placed 18th in the 100 Breast (1:13.80), 20th in the 400 IM (5:01.12), 21st in the 200 Fly (2:19.51) and 40th in the 200 IM (2:26.48). Miesner posted an eighth-place finish in the 200 Fly (2:17.41), as she was the only Bruin aside from Vandenberg to swim in a championship final during the meet. She was also 13th in the 200 IM (2:23.34), 21st in the 100 Fly (1:03.60), 30th in the 400 IM (5:05.01) and 32nd in the 200 Breast (2:42.51).

'Jeana and Isabel had a great meet, and it will be good to see what they can do at nationals,' said Gallagher. 'We've been training a lot this summer and to see them perform well is great.'

In the distance events, senior Katie Nelson finished 10th in the 800 Free (8:54.04), while senior Jane Imagane was 19th (9:03.76). Nelson was also 18th in the 400 Free (4:21.04) and Imagane was 22nd (4:26.22).

Dropping down to a shorter distance, Nelson finsihed 73rd in the 50 Free (28.52). In the 200 Free, Nelson finished 45th (2:07.97), while Imagane was 112th (2:12.86). Imagane also competed in both the 200 and 400 IM's over the weekend, finishing 53rd (2:28.02) in the 200 IM and 56th in the 400 IM (5:11.13).

Senior Courtney Iversen also had a strong meet, finishing 15th in the 200 Breast in a time of 2:23.30. Iverson also finished 34th in the 200 IM (2:25.78), 42nd in the 400 IM (5:08.15) and 44th in the 100 Back (1:09.00).

Luisa Los-Santos finished 36th in the 100 Breast (1:16.86), 43rd in the 200 Breast (2:45.85) and 86th in the 200 IM (2:32.71). Junior Shannon Hackett finished 45th in the 200 Free (2:07.97).

Next up for a select group of Bruins will be the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine August 1-5. The meet qualifies swimmers for the following meets: 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships (Aug. 17-21, Victoria, British Columbia);2007 FINA World Championships (March 25-April 1, Melbourne, Australia);2007 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool (April 3, Sydney, Australia);2007 World University Games (Aug. 8-13, Bangkok, Thailand);2007 Pan American Games (July 14-21, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil).

Bruins heading to Irvine include - Vandenberg (50-100-200 Free/100-200 Fly); Fuccillo (100-200 Breast/200-400IM); Miesner (200 Fly); Imagane (800 Free); Nelson (400-800 Free); Anna Poteete (50-100 Free); Madeleine Stanton (100-200 Back); Incoming freshman Julie Imagane (400-800 Free).

Hackett will be competing in the Canadian National Championships in late July (200-400Free/200 Fly), while Nicolette Teo will be swimming in the British Open (50-100-200 Breast/200 IM). Malin Svahnstrom will be competing in the European Championships in Budapest, Hungry in late July (100-200 Free/200IM).

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