Vollmer, Coughlin Star in Austin Grand Prix
March 10, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas - California alumna Dana Vollmer won four events and fellow former Golden Bear Natalie Coughlin won one in the Austin Grand Prix that was held March 4-6 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center at the University of Texas. Vollmer, a product of Granbury, Texas, won the 100- and 200-meter freestyles and the 100-and 200-meter butterfly events, while Coughlin won the 100-meter backstroke in her return to competitive swimming.
Vollmer claimed an event on each night of finals, winning the 100 fly on March 4, the 200 free on March 5 and the 100 free and 200 fly on March 6. The 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year posted a time of 58.42 to win the 100 fly, with Coughlin finishing third (58.94). Vollmer swam a time of 1:58.62 to win the 200 free, with former Cal teammate Madison Kennedy taking sixth (2:02.99). In the 100 free, Vollmer edged second-place Coughlin, 54.30-54.71. Kennedy was sixth (55.47). Vollmer clocked a time of 2:13.86 to emerge victorious in the 200 fly.
Coughlin, who had not competed in an official meet since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, posted a time of 1:01.08 to win her specialty, the 100 back, on March 5.
Kennedy was also third in the 50-free final (25.35).
The current Cal team next swims in the NCAA Women's Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. Purdue hosts the national meet from March 18-20 at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.