Thirteen Bears to Swim in USA National Championships; Kennedy Wins Gold in Serbia

July 6, 2009

BERKELEY - Thirteen past, present or future California swimmers, including 12 Golden Bears from the 2009 NCAA championship team, will compete in the 2009 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships/World Championship Trials to be held July 7-11 at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis. New Cal alumna Dana Vollmer, who won two individual and two relay NCAA titles last March, and incoming freshman Caitlin Leverenz are among the Bears who will swim at nationals.

Other Bears at nationals include seniors Alexandra Ellis, Blake Hayter, Courtney Eronemo and Heather White; juniors Erica Dagg, Kelsey Hoff, Sara Sun, Tara Thomas; and sophomores Ursula Dailey, Shelley Harper and Liv Jensen. Most of the Bears will represent the California Aquatics club, other than Leverenz (El Dorado), Ellis (Blue Fins), Harper (Walnut Creek Aquabears) and Jensen (Palo Alto Stanford-PASA).

Five Cal swimmers from the 2009 national championship team are currently competing at the World University Games in Belgrade, Serbia. Cal alumna Madison Kennedy was part of the United States' winning 400-meter freestyle relay on July 4. The foursome of Michele King, Kennedy, Ava Ohlgren and Morgan Scroggy posted a time of 3:41.81 to take the gold medal.

Fellow 2009 senior Lauren Rogers (USA) is also in Belgrade, along with juniors Amanda Sims (USA) and Hannah Wilson (Hong Kong) and sophomore Sara Isakovic (Slovenia). Wilson placed fourth in the 50-meter butterfly semifinals with a time of 26.66 on July 5.

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