Vollmer Named a Nominee for Honda Award
March 13, 2007
BERKELEY - California sophomore women's swimmer Dana Vollmer was honored yet again this season when she was named one of four nominees for the 2006-07 Honda Award for Women's Swimming and Diving. The four-time NCAA champion will vie for the award with Georgia swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce, Stanford diver Cassidy Kruger and Arizona swimmer Whitney Myers. The Honda Award winner will be announced sometime this spring.
In addition to the honor of this selection, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each nominee's university. The winner's program will receive $5,000.
The last Cal athlete to win the Honda Award was former star swimmer Natalie Coughlin, who won it twice.
The Honda Award winner for women's swimming and diving becomes a nominee for the Honda-Broderick Cup, which designates the best collegiate women's athlete in the nation.
Mary T. Meagher, another former Cal great swimmer, won the Honda-Broderick Cup for the 1967-87 season.
Vollmer is coming off an outstanding set of performances at the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Minn., at which she won four national titles. Those included the 100-yard butterfly, which she swam in a Minnesota Aquatics Center pool-record 50.69, 400-medley relay, 800-freestyle relay and 400-freestyle relay.
Cal clocked a slew of records in those relays, swimming an American-, U.S. Open-, NCAA-, NCAA meet-, school- and pool-record 3:30.18 in the 400-medley relay with Vollmer swimming the third leg. The Bears set the same records in the 400-free relay, swimming a 3:12.13 with Vollmer anchoring the relay. Cal swam an American-, NCAA meet-, school- and pool-record 7:00.89 in the 800-free relay with Vollmer leading off the race for the Bears.
Also this week, the Granbury, Texas, product, was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for February as well as the Muscle Milk California Athlete of the Week. In mid-February, Vollmer was a part of five titles at the Pac-10 Championships, including two individual titles (100 fly and a tie for first in the 50 free) and three relay victories (800-free relay, 400-medley relay and 400-free relay).