McKeever, Bears Hit the Water at Pan Pacs on Wednesday
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  08/17/2010

Aug. 17, 2010

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BERKELEY - California head coach Teri McKeever and six of her Golden Bears will convene at the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships starting Wednesday, Aug. 18, and ending Sunday, Aug. 22, at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif. McKeever will coach four Bears - current sophomore Caitlin Leverenz and former Cal stars Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer and Madison Kennedy - as the head coach of the U.S. squad. A fifth Bear, senior Hannah Wilson, will swim for Hong Kong and a sixth, former All-American Lauren Boyle, will swim for New Zealand at the international meet. and Universal Sports TV will provide live coverage of the meet on Aug. 18 from 6-8:30 p.m. PT. NBC along with will broadcast action on Aug. 21 from 2-4 p.m. PT as well as on Aug. 22 from 3-4 p.m. PT. In addition, will air daily video from the meet.

The U.S. swimmers qualified to swim at the Pan Pacific Championships via the ConocoPhillips National Championships, held from Aug. 3-7 in the same venue.

Leverenz qualified to swim in the 200- and 400-meter individual medleys and is entered in the 200-meter breaststroke at the Pan Pacs, which will include men's and women's competition with swimmers from around the world. The 2010 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year won the 400 IM and took second in the 200 IM at nationals.

Coughlin, who won the 100-meter backstroke at nationals, is slated to swim in her specialty event and is entered in the 100 free at Pan Pacs.

Vollmer qualified to race in the 100 and 200 freestyles as well as in the 100 butterfly. The 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year, Vollmer won the 100 free at nationals earlier this month. She is also entered in the 50 free at Pan Pacs.

Kennedy took second in the 50 free at nationals and is slated to swim the sprint as well as the 100 free this week in Irvine.

Wilson is entered in the 50 and 100 frees as well as the 50 and 100 flies for Hong Kong. Boyle is scheduled to compete in the 100, 200, 400 and 800 frees and in New Zealand's 4x200-free relay.