Vollmer Named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for February
March 13, 2007
BERKELEY - California sophomore women's swimmer Dana Vollmer was named the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month for the second time this season - this time for February - Comissioner Tom Hansen announced yesterday. Even before she won four national titles at the recently completed NCAA Championships, Vollmer was wowing the college swimming world in the Pac-10 Championships and against Stanford.
The award is Cal's third straight Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month honor, including Vollmer's December award and Cal junior Emily Silver's award for January.
Vollmer, from Granbury, Texas, was a part of five Pac-10 titles at the Pac-10 Championships and won two individual titles in the 100 butterfly and tying for the 50 freestyle. In addition, the sophomore swam on Cal's three winning relays for the 800 freestyle, 400 medley and the 400 free. Vollmer swam a blistering 22.05 to tie Arizona's Lara Jackson for first place in the 50- yard freestyle final, which marked a lifetime best time and also tied the meet record set by former Bear Natalie Coughlin in 2003.
Vollmer also won the 100-yard butterfly in what was a, prior to the NCAA Championships, lifetime best and meet record of 50.80, which was also an NCAA A Championships automatic qualifying time. Her performance surpassed her previous lifetime best of 52.11 and ranks her second behind Coughlin on Cal's all-time list in the 100 fly.
Against Stanford earlier in February, Vollmer's times in the 100 and 200 flies were, at the time, lifetime bests and the two relays she swam on set pool records at Spieker Aquatics Center. This is Cal's fifth Pac-10 Swimmer of the Month all-time.