Dana Vollmer Swims on U.S. World-Record Relay at Duel in the Pool
Dec. 18, 2009
MANCHESTER, England - Former California star Dana Vollmer swam on a world record-setting U.S. 400-meter medley relay and posted an American record in the 100-meter freestyle on the first day of the two-day 2009 Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool held on Friday at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. The made-for-television meet features a U.S. men's and women's team, which includes current Cal men Nathan Adrian and Sean Mahoney, vying with a team of European all-stars selected from Great Britain, Germany and Italy.
Vollmer, the 2009 NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, swam the third, or butterfly, leg of the 400-medley relay that posted a time of 3:47.97, which surpassed the previous world record of 3:49.45 set by Canada on Aug. 9, 2009. She later posted her American record in the 100 free when she took second place in a time of 52.16. Vollmer's time broke the previous American record of 52.79 set by Dara Torres on Nov. 18, 2007.
In her third event of the day, Vollmer placed third in the 100-meter butterfly in a time of 56.00.
At the end of the first day, which included seven women's events, the U.S. women led their European counterparts by a score of 41-20. After 14 total men's and women's events on Friday, the United States led handily, 89-33.
The Duel in the Pool will conclude on Saturday.
NBC will broadcast a two-hour, tape-delayed version of the meet on Dec. 27 at 2 p.m. ET.
This is the fourth Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in the history of USA Swimming. Past meets were held in 2003, 2005 and 2007 and pit all-star teams from the United States and Australia against each other. The United States is 3-0 in the history of the meet. For more information on the Duel in the Pool, please visit http://www.duelinthepool.com.