Dana Vollmer Named to 2009-10 U.S. National Team
Sept. 1, 2009
BERKELEY - Former California national champion Dana Vollmer claimed a berth on the U.S. national team for the 2009-10 season, USA Swimming announced on Aug. 26. The 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year earned her spot on the national team based on her performances in the 100- and 200-meter freestyles and in the 100 butterfly in 2009 in the ConocoPhillips National Championships and World Championship Trials and in the FINA World Championships.
In the world championships in late July in Rome, Vollmer won a bronze medal in the 200 free (in a time of 1:55.64) and placed fifth in the finals of the 100 free (personal-record 53.30) and 100 fly (American- and personal-record 56.94). The Granbury, Texas, product also won a silver medal leading off the U.S. 4x200-free relay, though USA Swimming did not consider lead-off and time-trial performances when selecting the national team. Vollmer tied her 200-free PR with a time of 1:55.29 to lead off the U.S. 4x200-free relay, which ultimately posted an American-record 7:42.56 to place second. She initially set that 200-free PR by winning her 200-free semifinal in what was then an American-record time.
Vollmer also won the 100 and 200 frees and finished second in the 100 fly in the ConocoPhillips National Championships and World Championship Trials in early July in Indianapolis.
A nominee for a 2009 ESPY Award for Best Female Collegiate Athlete, Vollmer claimed the 2009 Honda Sports Award for Swimming as well as NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year honors after completing a stellar senior season last March. She won five titles (100- and 200-yard freestyles, 400- and 800-yard free relays, and the team championship) at the 2009 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.