Vollmer Named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month

Jan. 11, 2007

BERKELEY - California sophomore Dana Vollmer was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for December, the conference office announced today. Vollmer swam five automatic qualifying times for the NCAA Championships, as the Golden Bears took second place in the 2006 Georgia Invitational Dec. 1-3, in Athens, Ga. A 2004 U.S. Olympic gold medalist, Vollmer also competed on three Cal relays that notched automatic qualifying times while at the Bulldogs' meet.

In her first season at Cal after transferring from Florida, Vollmer won a gold medal as part of the United States' winning 800-meter freestyle relay, which also set a world record, at the 2004 Olympic Games.

At the Georgia Invitational, Vollmer won the 50-yard freestyle in 22.68 (NCAA A, Dec. 1), won the 100 butterfly in 52.71 (NCAA A, Dec. 2) and won the 200 fly in (NCAA A, Dec. 2). She led off Cal's winning 400-free relay in a 100-free time of 49.23 (NCAA A, Dec. 3) and led off Cal's second-place 800-free relay with a 200-free time of 1:46.04 (NCAA A, Dec. 2).

She also swam one individual provisional qualifying time for the NCAA Championships, when she took fourth in the 500 free in 4:46.51 (NCAA B, Dec. 1).

The Granbury, Texas, product helped that 400-free relay (3:17.77, Dec. 3) along with the winning 200-medley relay (1:39.12, Dec. 2) and winning 400-medley relay (3:36.05, Dec. 1) swim automatic NCAA Championship qualifying times in Athens. In addition, she swam on the winning 200-free relay (1:31.35, Dec. 1) and second-place 800-free relay (7:10.52, Dec. 2) that clocked NCAA B qualifying times.

The fourth-ranked Bears (6-01, 1-0 Pac-10) continue their dual-meet season when they take on No. 23 Arizona State at 1 p.m. tomorrow in Tempe, Ariz., and then face No. 2 Arizona at 1 p.m. on Saturday in Tucson, Ariz.