Kim Vandenberg Wins Silver Medal at World Swimming Championships
March 29, 2007
Former Bruin Kim Vandenberg, a 16-time All-American, captured the first World Championship medal of her career on Thursday as she finished second in the 200m Butterfly at the World Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia.
Vandenberg, who swam a lifetime-best in the semifinals (2:08.06), was seeded second overall heading into the final race. She battled with Australian World Record Holder Jessicah Schipper for the gold medal, finishing just three-tenths of a second behind Schipper (2:06.39) in a time of 2:06.71 to win the silver medal. Her finals time was also a new lifetime-best mark for the former Bruin.
Poland's Otylia Jedrzejczak - the former world champion - took home the bronze medal (2:06.90). Jedrzejczak defeated Vandenberg at the World University Games two years ago.
'This is the biggest competition I've ever had in my life,' said Vandenberg. T'his moment tonight was what pushed me. It makes me want to train even harder and get faster. It's so amazing swimming in Australia next to Jessicah. She really pushed me to do my best. I thank her a lot for my improvement.'
Vandenberg has been serving as an undergraduate assistant coach the past year while working on her Bachelors Degree. She continues to train with head swim coach Cyndi Gallagher.
Vandenberg will next swim for the U.S. in the Dual in the Pool on April 3, a swim meet between American swimmers and Australian swimmers.