Dana Vollmer - Women's Swimming
Feb. 23, 2007
BERKELEY - Sophomore swimmer Dana Vollmer is the first member of the Golden Bear swimming and diving teams to earn Muscle Milk Student-Athlete of the Week recognition. In another week of strong performances by Cal athletes, Vollmer stood out with her performance at the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships. The sophomore, an Olympic Gold Medalist in 2004, was a part of five Pac-10 titles this weekend.
Vollmer won two individual titles (100 butterfly and a tie for first in the 50 free) and was also part of three relay victories (800-free relay, 400-medley relay and 400-free relay).
The sophomore swam a blistering 22.05 to tie Arizona's Lara Jackson for first place in the 50-yard freestyle final. For Vollmer, who clocked the fastest time (22.57) in the 50-free prelim earlier in the day, the 22.05 was a lifetime best and also tied the meet record set by former Bear Natalie Coughlin in 2003.
Vollmer won the 100-yard butterfly in a lifetime best and meet record of 50.80, which is also an NCAA Championships automatic qualifying time (NCAA A). Her time surpasses her previous lifetime best of 52.11 and ranks her second behind former Bears great Natalie Coughlin, who swam a 50.01, on Cal's all-time list in the 100 fly.
Lauren Rogers, Jessica Hardy, Vollmer and Emily Silver recorded a meet-record 3:32.95 (NCAA A) to win the 400-yard medley relay. That time is just four-tenths of a second off of Cal's school record of 3:32.55, set in 2002.
The Cal A team of senior Erin Reilly, Silver, Hardy and Vollmer won the 400-yard free relay in a meet- and school-record time of 3:13.60, shattering the old meet record set last season by Arizona by three seconds.
With Vollmer, Cal set a school record by taking third place in the 200-yard free relay in a time of 1:29.49 (NCAA A). The Bears' time, an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Championships, surpassed the old 1:31.35 record that Cal set on Dec. 1, 2006, at the Georgia Invitational.
Vollmer's efforts listed the Golden Bears to a third-place finish at the conference championships. Cal will compete in the NCAA Championship in Minneapolis from March 8-10.