Dana Vollmer Wins Twice as Bears Wrap Up European Meets
June 14, 2010
BERKELEY - Former California star Dana Vollmer won two titles to lead a contingent of nine Golden Bears in the trio of Mare Nostrum meets that recently concluded in Europe. Vollmer, the 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year and 2004 Olympic gold medalist, claimed the 100-meter butterfly race twice - on June 12 in Canet en Roussillon, France, with a time of 58.72 and on June 5 in Monaco with a time of 58.91 - in the long-course competitions.
Cal legend Natalie Coughlin competed in Europe. The top results for the Olympic gold medalist and former NCAA Swimmer of the Year included a third-place finish in the 100-meter butterfly (59.35) on June 12 in France, a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter freestyle (55.86) on June 6 in Monaco and a seventh-place finish in the 100-meter backstroke (1:01.61) on June 9 in Barcelona.
Former Bear Lauren Boyle closed the series by taking fourth place in the 200 free (2:00.25) and 800 free (8:40.27) on June 12 and placing fifth in the 400 free (4:14.01) on June 13 in Canet en Roussillon. The 2008 New Zealand Olympian reached the A or B finals of each of the eight races she swam. Caitlin Leverenz, the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year, posted three top-five results in the 200 individual medley, taking third (2:14.32) on June 6 in Monaco, third (2:13.76) on June 10 in Barcelona and fourth (2:14.01) on June 12 in Canet en Roussillon.
Other Bears who reached championship finals included three returning seniors: Hannah Wilson, an Olympian for Hong Kong, in the 50 butterfly (8th in 27.55) on June 10, Amanda Sims in the 50 fly (7th in 1:00.70) on June 5 and Erica Dagg in the 200 backstroke (8th in 2:19.79) on June 5. Returning Cal juniors Sara Isakovic, a 2008 Olympic silver medalist for Slovenia, and Liv Jensen also swam in Europe. Top results for the two included a ninth-place finish (56.51) in the 100 free for Isakovic and a tie for 17th (tied Dagg at 28.36) in the 50 fly for Jensen on June 13, Mare Nostrum's final day.