McKeever, Vollmer and Coughlin Nominated for

Oct. 16, 2007

Berkeley - USA Swimming today released the nominations for the 2007 Golden Goggle Awards, a red carpet event celebrating the accomplishments of top American swimmers in 2007. California Golden Bear head coach Teri McKeever and junior Dana Vollmer, along with former Cal legend Natalie Coughlin were selected as nominees for the awards.

The star-studded celebration will take place at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Sunday, Nov. 18, and will feature U.S. Olympic swimmers as well as entertainment industry celebrities. Late night talk show host Carson Daly (NBCs Last Call with Carson Daly) will host this year's event.

Fans can vote for the winners online at Online voting begins Oct. 15 and will continue through November 10.

Michael Phelps headlines the ballot with three individual nominations and two relay nominations following his historic performance at the 2007 FINA World Championships. Phelps won a record-setting seven gold medals and broke four individual world records. Coughlin, Katie Hoff and Kate Ziegler lead the women's field with three nominations each.

The 2007 Female Athlete of the Year category features Coughlin, Hoff, and Ziegler, who are also nominated in the Female Performance of the Year category as well. Hoff took home the Female Athlete of the Year award in 2005 and 2006, while Coughlin won the award in 2004.

The Coach of the Year ballot includes McKeever, Bob Bowman (Club Wolverine), Gregg Troy (Univ. of Florida), Paul Yetter (North Baltimore Aquatic Club) and Ray Benecki (The Fish).

Also in Golden Goggle Award contention are three record-setting relay teams from World Championships. The world record-setting women's 800m free relay team of Coughlin, Vollmer, Lacey Nymeyer and Hoff are joined on the ballot by the championship record-setting men's 800m free relay team of Phelps, Lochte, Peter Vanderkaay and Klete Keller.

The Cal women's swimming team is back in action this week when it competes at the TYR Invitational (hosted by Pacific) at Roseville Aquatic Center in Roseville, Calif. The Golden Bears (1-0) defeated Pacific, 163-90, in dual meet action in Berkeley on Oct. 5. Seniors Emily Silver, Rachel Ridgeway and Kelly Stravers anchor a deep squad this season, as the Bears search for their second dual meet victory of the season.

The complete list of 2007 nominees is as follows:

Breakout Performer of the Year:

Rebecca Soni

Kim Vandenberg

Ben Wildman-Tobriner

Perseverance Award:

Margaret Hoelzer

Ryan Lochte

Mark Warkentin

Coach of the Year:

Ray Benecki

Bob Bowman

Teri McKeever

Gregg Troy

Paul Yetter

Relay Performance of the Year: (all from the 2007 FINA World Championships)

Women's 800 Free Relay

Men's 400 Free Relay

Men's 800 Free Relay

Female Performance of the Year:

Natalie Coughlin for the 100m Backstroke at World Championships

Katie Hoff for the 400m IM at World Championships

Kate Ziegler for the 800m Freestyle at World Championships

Kate Ziegler for the 1500m Freestyle at TYR Meet of Champions in Mission Viejo

Male Performance of the Year:

Ryan Lochte for the 200m Backstroke at World Championships

Aaron Peirsol for the 100m Backstroke at World Championships

Michael Phelps for the 200m Freestyle at World Championships

Michael Phelps for the 200m Butterfly at World Championships

Female Athlete of the Year:

Natalie Coughlin

Katie Hoff

Kate Ziegler

Male Athlete of the Year:

Ryan Lochte

Aaron Peirsol

Michael Phelps

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