Coughlin, Vollmer, Kennedy Swim at Austin Grand Prix
March 4, 2010
BERKELEY - Former California stars Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer and Madison Kennedy will swim in the Austin Grand Prix from today, Thursday, March 4, through Saturday, March 6, at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas. This is the first competitive meet that Coughlin will swim in since the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.
Coughlin earned a U.S. women's record six medals in Beijing and has 11 Olympic medals overall, including the five she claimed in Athens in 2004. A three-time NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year (2001-03), Vollmer is slated to swim in the 100-yard backstroke, 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly in Austin. Vollmer, the 2009 NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, is scheduled to compete in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyles as well as the 100 and 200 butterflies, while Kennedy is scheduled to swim in the 50, 100 and 200 frees this week.
Vollmer combined with Kennedy, 100-yard butterfly national champion Amanda Sims and the rest of the Golden Bears team to win their first NCAA and Pac-10 team championships in 2009. Also the Honda Award winner for swimming that year, Vollmer won the 100 and 200 frees and, along with Kennedy, swam on the winning 400- and 800-free relays at NCAAs in 2009.
Live results from the Austin Grand Prix will be available at http://www.csctigersharks.org/realtime/. SwimNetwork.com will air race footage from the meet's evening finals along with interviews. Universal Sports Television and universalsports.com will broadcast highlights of the meet on a tape-delay basis at 4 p.m. PT on March 29 and 30.
The current Cal team will conclude its season by competing in the 2010 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships hosted by Purdue from March 18-20 in West Lafayette, Ind.