Dana Vollmer Wins Golden Goggle Perseverance Award
Nov. 23, 2009
BERKELEY - Former California star Dana Vollmer claimed the Perseverance Award at the sixth annual USA Swimming Foundation Golden Goggle Awards on Nov. 22 at a star-studded gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The event celebrated the accomplishments of the U.S. swim team that competed in the 2009 FINA World Championship in Rome this past summer. Vollmer, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist, bounced back from missing the 2008 Olympics to produce an amazing 2009 season that included leading Cal to its first NCAA and Pac-10 championships and earning NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year accolades.
The Granbury, Texas, product also claimed a bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle at the World Championships, posting 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). 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 butterfly in the 2009 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 national and conference swimmer of the year honors after completing a stellar senior season in March of 2009 for Cal. 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.