California's Vollmer Named Nation's Top Collegiate Swimmer
April 9, 2009
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- California's Dana Vollmer has been named the Honda Sports Award winner as the country's top collegiate female athlete in swimming & diving. The senior, who won a pair of individual NCAA titles while leading Cal to the national team championship, was also named the 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year.
The Honda Sports Award is given annually to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports, along with automatic nomination for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year. Vollmer was previously nominated for the Honda Sports Award for swimming & diving in 2007, and she is the third Golden Bears to receive the award. The other winners, both of whom received the award twice, are Mary T. Meagher (1985, '87) and Natalie Coughlin (2002, '03). The other nominees for the award were Julia Smit, a junior at Stanford; Rebecca Soni, a USC senior; and Gemma Spofforth, a junior at Florida. All four nominees were selected by the All-American Selection Committee.
Vollmer, a transfer from Florida, also helped her team claim NCAA titles in the 400- and 800-yard freestyle relays. In the 100 free, Vollmer swam a personal-best time of 47.17, and also posted a time of 1:42.01, a new NCAA meet record, in the 200-yard freestyle prelims. She ended her career at Cal with three individual NCAA titles in three years (including a 100-yard butterfly championship in 2007).
Previously announced Honda Sports Award recipients are Texas Tech's Sally Kipyego for cross country, Susie Rowe from Maryland for field hockey, Casey Nogueira from North Carolina for soccer and Nicole Fawcett from Penn State for volleyball. Honda Sports Award winners in basketball, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, softball, tennis and track & field will be announced in the coming months. The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year will be determined by separate balloting involving all NCAA-member institutions and the winner will receive the Honda-Broderick Cup at a ceremony in New York in June 2009.
American Honda Motor Co., Inc. sponsors the Collegiate Women Sports Awards Program.