Vollmer Paces U.S. Relay to Fourth Place, Qualifies for 100-Fly Final at World Championships
July 26, 2009
ROME - Former California star Dana Vollmer anchored the United States' 4x100-meter freestyle relay to a fourth-place finish in the final at the 2009 FINA Swimming World Championships on Sunday night in the Stadia del Nuoto. The U.S. quartet posted a time of 3:53.23, while the Netherlands won the relay in a world-record time of 3:31.72. Vollmer also qualified for the 100-meter butterfly final by posting a time of 57.19 in the Sunday semifinal round.
The 100-fly final is slated for Monday night.
In Sunday's relay, the United States' relay, which included Amanda Weir, Dara Torres and Christine Magnuson, was in sixth place when Vollmer entered the water. She swam the fastest U.S. split (53.18), passing swimmers from Sweden and China, to give the United States fourth place. Sweden placed fifth and China was sixth.
Vollmer's 100-fly time was the third fastest of the semifinals. The Granbury, Texas, product had clocked the second fastest time (57.15) of the 100 fly heats. Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom set a world record in the evening semifinals with a time of 56.44. Current Cal sophomore Sara Isakovic, from Bled, Slovenia, finished 27th in the 100-fly heats with a time of 59.10.
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