Vollmer Chosen as Nominee for the 2008-09 Honda Sports Award
March 24, 2009
BERKELEY - California senior Dana Vollmer was announced on Tuesday as one of four swimming and diving nominees for the 2008-2009 Honda Sports Award to determine the top woman collegiate athlete in that sport.
The 2008-2009 Swimming and Diving Honda Sports Award Nominees also include Julia Smit of Stanford, Rebecca Soni of USC and Gemma Spofforth of Florida.
One of these four superior athletes will then become a candidate for The Honda-Broderick Cup awarded annually to the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year after nationwide ballot is completed by all NCAA women's senior administrators. Notification of the results will be made available by Monday, March 30.
In addition to the honor of this selection, American Honda will donate $1,000 to the women's athletic fund of each nominee's university.
Vollmer was named the 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year after claiming two individual titles in the 100 and 200-yard freestyle events. She also helped Cal claim two relay titles in the 400 and 800 free relays.
In the 100 free, Vollmer swam a resounding personal-best time of 47.17 to claim her second individual NCAA freestyle title of the week.
In the 200 free preliminaries, Vollmer clocked an NCAA Championship meet record time of 1:42.63, securing the top spot for the Championship final. That record didn't last long as she bested that mark with a time of 1:42.01, a new NCAA Championship meet record in the Championship final. Vollmer simply turned on the jets in the final 50 yards, clocking a time of 25.54 to create separation from second-place finisher Morgan Scroggy (1:42.90).
Vollmer leaves Cal with three individual NCAA titles in three years (also a 100-yard butterfly title in 2007). Her 100 free NCAA title was the first by a Cal women's swimmer in school history. Vollmer's 200 free NCAA title was the first by a Golden Bear since Conny van Bentum in 1986.
The Texas native was the final anchor of the Cal foursome of Hannah Wilson, Liv Jensen and Erica Dagg that sizzled to a new school, NCAA, NCAA Championship meet, American and U.S. Open record time of 3:09.88 in the 400 free relay to seal the national title for the Golden Bears.
She helped put the icing on the cake in the 800-yard freestyle relay as the last leg of Cal's foursome of Sara Isakovic, Hannah Wilson, Liv Jensen that clocked a new school, NCAA, NCAA Championship, American and U.S. Open record time of 6:52.69, with Vollmer leaving no doubt with the last 200 yards with a scorching 1:41.75.
Vollmer was also instrumental helping Cal win its sixth straight Pac-10 title in the 800-yard freestyle relay in February. She clocked a Pac-10, NCAA, Cal and American record time of 1:41.53 in the leadoff 200 yard leg of the freestyle. Natalie Coughlin previously held the American Record with a time of 1:41.66 in the Long Beach (Calif.) Grand Prix on Jan. 14, 2007.
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