Nov. 5, 2010
BERKELEY - California fans can vote for Golden Bears head coach Teri McKeever and former Cal stars Natalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer to win 2010 Golden Goggle Awards at the voting website. The USA Swimming Foundation sponsors the awards, which honor the U.S. participants in last summer's Pan Pacific Championships, and will hand them out in a ceremony on Nov. 22 in New York City.
McKeever is vying with four other coaches, including Cal men's head coach David Durden, for the Golden Goggles Coach of the Year Award. McKeever led the U.S. women's team as head coach, while Durden served as an assistant coach for the U.S. men at the international meet. Nominees Coughlin, Vollmer and Cal men's senior Nathan Adrian starred at the Pan Pacific Championships for their respective teams.
Vollmer, the 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year in her senior year at Cal, won four gold medals (100-meter butterfly, 400-freestyle relay, 400-medley relay and 800-free relay) and one medal silver (100 free) at Pan Pacs. Coughlin captured three gold medals (100 free, 400-free relay and 400-medley relay) and one bronze (100 backstroke). Adrian collected gold in four events: the 50 and 100 frees, 400-free relay and 400-medley relay.
Coughlin and Vollmer, who claimed the 2009 Golden Goggle Perseverance Award, are competing against each other in the Female Athlete of the Year category. Adrian is on the ballot for Male Athlete of the Year.
The Race of the Year - Women category includes Coughlin's gold-medal 100-free swim from Pan Pacs. The United States' 400-free relay and 400-medley relay, with Coughlin and Vollmer, are also battling for the Relay Performance of the Year accolade.
Adrian's' winning 50-free race is up for the Race of the Year - Men honor, and the U.S. men's winning 400-free relay, with Adrian anchoring, seeks the men's Relay Performance of the Year Award.
For more information, please visit the USA Swimming Foundation's Golden Goggles page at this URL https://swimfoundation.org/SSLPage.aspx?pid=372.