Pac-12 Swimmers Medal, Set Meet Records
The 2011 Pan American Games were held October 15-22 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Pac-12 swimmers stood on the medal podium as Team USA captured 44 medals by the end of competition - 18 gold, 18 silver and eight bronze.
Eugene Godsoe, a 15-time All-American during his Stanford career, brought home four silver medals from the Games. Godsoe finished second in both the 100-meter backstroke and 100-meter butterfly and was also a member of the 400-meter freestyle relay and the 400-meter medley relay teams.
Former California swimmer Sean Mahoney won the 200-meter back in 2:11.62, while Arizona graduate Clark Burckle took the silver in 2:12.60. Both swam faster than the previous meet record of 2:13.37.
Another former Golden Bear, William Copeland won a silver as part of the 400-meter free relay.
Arizona graduate Marcus Titus captured a bronze medal in the 100-meter back and then added a silver as a part of the 400-meter medley relay with Godsoe.
Albert Subirats, who swam for the Wildcats, won gold in the 100-meter butterfly for Venezuela.
Stanford graduate and 2010 Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year Julia Smit was a double gold medalist at the Games. She first won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:46.16, before defending her title in the 200-meter individual medley (2:13.73). She set the meet record of 2:13.07 at the 2007 Pan American Games.
Smit's teammate Elaine Breeden captured a bronze medal in the 100-meter fly (59.81).
California freshman Catherine Breed also won two gold medals. Breed won the 200-meter free in 2:00.08. She then swam on the 800-meter free relay squad that set a meet record of 8:01.18 in the final.
Madison Kennedy, who completed her Cal career in 2009, led off the 400-meter free relay team that won gold and set the meet record twice, first in prelims (3:40.55) and again in the finals (3:40.66).
Former Arizona swimmer Annie Chandler, the 2011 Pac-10 Woman of the Year, took gold in the 100-meter breast, touching the wall in 1:07.90. Chandler also swam on the 400-meter medley relay team that set the meet record with a 4:01.00 finish in the finals. Breeden was a member of the prelims team that first set the meet record (4:04.52) before it was shattered in the finals.
Another former Wildcat, Lara Jackson, won the 50-meter free with a meet-record time of 25.09. Kennedy claimed the bronze in 25.24.
Kim Vandenberg, who swam for UCLA, and recent USC graduate Lyndsay DePaul finished 1-2 in the 200-meter fly. Vandenberg was first in 2:10.54, followed by DePaul in 2:12.34.