Aug. 23, 2010
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IRVINE, Calif. - California won five more gold medals and one bronze medal over the last two days (Aug. 20-21) of the pool portion of the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships held at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center. Dana Vollmer won three gold medals, capturing the 100-meter butterfly and combining with fellow former Golden Bear Natalie Coughlin to lead the United States to the 4x100-meter freestyle relay and 4x100-meter medley relay titles. Current Cal sophomore Caitlin Leverenz took home the bronze in the 200-meter individual medley at the international meet.
Under the leadership of Cal and U.S. head coach Teri McKeever, the U.S. women won the eight-team competition with a score of 269.5, with Australia second (200.5) and Canada third (104).
Over the course of the four-day competition at the Irvine pool, current and former Bears tallied a total of 11 medals - seven gold (4 for Vollmer, including the 4x200-free relay, and 3 for Coughlin, including the 100 free), one silver (Vollmer in the 100 free) and three bronze (Leverenz in the 200 and 400 IMs and Coughlin in the 100 backstroke).
On Aug. 21, Leverenz won her second IM bronze medal by posting a time of 2:11.21 in the 200. In the last women's race, Coughlin led off and Vollmer swam the third leg of the United States' victorious 4x100-medley relay, which clocked a meet-record time of 3:55.23.
Also on Aug. 21, Cal senior Hannah Wilson took 13th place in the 50 free with a time of 25.79 for Hong Kong.
On Aug. 20, Vollmer was golden in the 100 fly, swimming a time of 57:56, and in the 4x100-free relay, anchoring the U.S. squad that clocked a meet-record time of 3:35.11. Coughlin led off the U.S. quartet.
Wilson reached the 100-fly consolation final, placing fourth in the second eight and 12th overall with a time of 59.86.
In the first final of Aug. 20, former Cal star Lauren Boyle placed fourth in the 400 free with a New Zealand-record time of 4:09.59.
The meet began on Aug. 18 and ended on Aug. 22 with open-water events.