Nov. 24, 2010
NEW YORK - Former California swimming stars Natalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer won relay awards at the seventh annual USA Swimming Foundation Golden Goggle Awards ceremony held on Nov. 22 at the New York Marriott Marquis. Coughlin and Vollmer garnered Golden Goggles for their performances in the U.S. relay that won Relay Performance of the Year.
The 2010 Golden Goggle Awards honored U.S. performances in the Pan Pacific Championships that took place last summer in Irvine, Calif. The award-winning U.S. women's quartet claimed the gold medal in the 4x100-meter medley relay at the international meet.
Coughlin, the 11-time Olympic medalist, is Cal's most decorated swimmer of all time. She became the first U.S. women's athlete to win six medals at a modern Olympiad in 2008, when she also became the first women's swimmer to win her second straight gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke. Her 11 medals rank third most in Olympic women's swimming history, behind former U.S. teammates Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson, who have 12 each. At Cal, she won 12 NCAA titles - the second-most career titles for a women's swimmer in NCAA history - and she went undefeated in dual meets over four years. She holds numerous world records and American records.
Vollmer won a gold medal as a member, along with Coughlin, of the winning and record-setting U.S. 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the 2004 Olympics. At Cal, she claimed numerous awards in 2009, her final college season: NCAA Swimmer of the Year, Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year and Honda Sports Award winner for Swimming. Also in 2009, Vollmer led the Golden Bears to their first NCAA and first Pac-10 team titles in program history.
Cal head coach Teri McKeever was the U.S. women's head coach at Pan Pacs and was a candidate for the Coach of the Year Golden Goggle that ultimately went to Florida coach Gregg Troy, the coach of the U.S. men in Irvine.