Vollmer Posts American Record to Reach 200-Free Final at World Championships

July 28, 2009

ROME - Former California All-American Dana Vollmer swam an American-record and personal-record time of 1:55.29 to qualify for the 200-meter freestyle final at the 2009 FINA Swimming World Championships on Tuesday night in the Stadia del Nuoto. Vollmer won the second 200-freestyle semifinal with her American mark, which is the second-fastest time of the eight swimmers who reached the final. Golden Bears sophomore Sara Isakovic, swimming for Slovenia in the same 200-free semi as Vollmer, posted a time of 1:57.04 but did not advance to the final.

Italian Federica Pellegrini broke her own world record with the fastest 200-free semi time (1:53.67).

In the 200-free heats earlier on Tuesday, Vollmer became only the second U.S. woman to break 1:56.00 when she posted a then-personal record of 1:55.98, the fastest time of the morning. Katie Hoff held the previous American record of 1:55.78. Isakovic swam 1:56.99 in the 200-free heats.

The World Championships, which began on July 26, will end on Aug. 2.

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