Vollmer Wins Bronze Medal in 200 Freestyle at World Championships

July 29, 2009

ROME - Former California national champion Dana Vollmer won a bronze medal in the 200-meter freestyle final at the 2009 FINA Swimming World Championships on Wednesday night, July 29, in the Stadia del Nuoto. Swimming for the United States, the 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year posted a time of 1:55.64 in the 200 free to earn her first medal of the meet. Former Golden Bears All-American Sherry Tsai, swimming for Hong Kong, raced to a time of 29.74 to place 49th in the 50-meter backstroke heats but did not advance to the evening semifinals.

Italy's Federica Pellegrini won the gold medal in the 200 free, breaking her own world record with a time of 1:52.98. Allison Schmitt, Vollmer's U.S. teammate, broke the American record (1:55.29) that Vollmer set on Tuesday with a time of 1:54.96 to win silver.

Vollmer and Tsai are scheduled to swim in the 100-free heats tomorrow, Thursday, July 30, the fifth day of the World Championships, which end on Aug. 2.

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