Vollmer Wins Silver Medal With U.S. 4x200-Free Relay at World Championships
July 30, 2009
ROME - Former California star Dana Vollmer won a silver medal after leading off the United States' 4x200-meter freestyle relay on Thursday night, July 30, at the 2009 FINA Swimming World Championships in the Stadia del Nuoto. The U.S. relay posted an American-record time of 7:42.56 to finish behind China's gold-medal and world-record time of 7:42.08. In her lead-off leg, Vollmer tied the 200-free personal record of 1:55.29 that she set on July 28 and gave her team a slight lead over the Chinese. This is the second medal of the World Championships for Vollmer, who won a bronze in the 200-free final yesterday.
Cal's 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year was a member of the U.S. 4x200-free relays that won gold medals in world-record times in the 2007 World Championships and the 2004 Olympics.
Earlier on Thursday evening in Italy, Vollmer swam the seventh-fastest 100-meter freestyle semifinal time to advance to Friday's 100-freestyle final. She swam a time of 53.55 in the semifinal after clocking a time of 53.69 in the morning heats.
Former Golden Bears teammate Sherry Tsai, swimming for Hong Kong, finished 64th in the 100-free heats with a time of 57.53 and did not qualify for the final. Amanda Weir, Vollmer's U.S. teammate, swam the third-fastest time (53.02) in the 100-free semifinals; Australian Libby Trickett swam the fastest semifinal time (52.84).
In the preliminaries for the 4x200-meter freestyle on Thursday morning, Cal sophomore Sara Isakovic led off Slovenia's quartet with a time of 1:57.51. But Slovenia wound up out of final contention by finishing 14th with an overall time of 8:06.91.
Friday, July 31, marks the sixth day of the World Championships, which end on Sunday, Aug. 2.