Sept. 7, 2011
BERKELEY - California junior Caitlin Leverenz claimed a spot on the 2011-12 U.S. national team and freshman Catherine Breed earned a berth on the United States' 2011 Pan American Games roster, USA Swimming recently announced. USA Swimming also named former Golden Bears Natalie Coughlin, Dana Vollmer and Madison Kennedy to the 2011-12 national team. Kennedy garnered a spot on the U.S. Pan Am Games team as well.
Swimmers were selected for the USA Swimming national team based on their times in Olympic events from the combined results of the 2011 FINA World Championships, the 2011 ConocoPhillips National Championships and the 2011 World University Games. Swimmers with the top six times in each event make the national team, though relay lead-offs and time trials are not included.
Leverenz, who swam in the World Championships and U.S. National Championships over the summer, qualified for the national team in both the 200- and 400-meter individual medley. As a sophomore in 2010-11, she was a key member of Cal's NCAA team championship, producing All-America swims in the 200- and 400-yard IMs, 200 breaststroke, 200-medley relay and 400-medley relay. Cal also won NCAA titles in both medley relays.
Coughlin's events are the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, Vollmer qualified in the 100 butterfly and 100 free, and Kennedy's event is the 50 free.
The complete U.S. national team list is available here.
Kennedy will also swim the 50 free at the Pan Am Games, which are slated to take place Oct. 14-30 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Breed, who like Leverenz, Vollmer and Kennedy, swam at the U.S. National Championships in August, qualified to swim in Mexico in the 200 free. Here is the complete U.S. Pan Am Games roster.
The 2011-12 Bears open the season in San Luis Obispo, Calif., when they swim in the Cal Poly Pentathlon on Sept. 23 and in the Cal Poly Relays on Sept. 24. Cal's first home meet is on Oct. 21, when the Bears welcome new Pac-12 Conference member Utah to Spieker Aquatics Complex.