Dana Vollmer Wins Three Titles, Posts Meet Record at Santa Clara Grand Prix
June 21, 2010
BERKELEY - Former California great Dana Vollmer won three gold medals at the Santa Clara Grand Prix swim meet held at the George F. Haines International Swim Center from June 17-20. Vollmer, the 2009 NCAA and Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year, claimed the 100-meter freestyle and 100-meter butterfly and anchored the victorious 400-meter freestyle relay at the long-course meet. Swimming for California Aquatics, Vollmer set a meet record in the 100 fly, clocking a time of 57.73 to edge the previous record of another former Cal star, Natalie Coughlin, who swam 58.22 in 2006 in Santa Clara.
Vollmer joined current Golden Bear and former teammate Hannah Wilson, former Cal teammate Madison Kennedy and Coughlin to post a winning time of 3:42.74 in the relay. The Granbury, Texas, product won the 100 free in a time of 54.47, with Wilson taking sixth in a time of 56.21. Wilson also placed eighth in the 100 fly in 1:01.71.
Other current and former Cal swimmers, including Kennedy, Caitlin Leverenz, rising senior Amanda Sims and returning junior Sara Isakovic, posted top-eight results in Santa Clara. Leverenz, the 2010 Pac-10 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, produced a second-place finish in the 200-meter individual medley (2:13.64) and a third-place finish in the 400-meter individual medley (4:42.28). Kennedy notched fourth place in the 50 free (25.56), Sims finished seventh in the 200 fly (2:01.87) and Isakovic was seventh in the 200 free (2:01.87).
In the 800-free relay, the California Aquatics foursome of Leverenz, Isakovic, Kennedy and Kastes clocked a time of 8:14.13 to take second, while the club's quartet of Erica Dagg, a 2010-11 senior, Leverenz, Sims and rising junior Liv Jensen posted a fourth-place finish in the 400 medley relay (4:18.43).