Sept. 24, 2008
COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. - Junior breaststroker Sean Mahoney and former standout sprinter William Copeland have been named among the country's 26 top swimmers who will head to Belgrade, Serbia next summer to compete in the 2009 World University Games, it was announced today (Sept. 24, 2008) by USA Swimming. The World University Games' swimming competition will take place July 5-11, 2009.
Swimmers on the 2009 World University Games Team roster were selected based upon their performance at the 2008 USA Swimming U.S. Open Championships that took place July 29-August 2 in Minneapolis, Minn. During the U.S. Open, Mahoney placed third in the 200-meter (long course) breaststroke with a mark of 2:12.57. His time in the 200 breast topped the former U.S. Open meet record of 2:12.87 set by Mike Barrowman on December 1, 1991. On July 30, Copeland, who recently completed his eligibility with the Golden Bears after winning the 2008 Pac-10 title in the 50 and 100 free, placed second in the 100-meter (long course) freestyle at the U.S. Open with a time of 49.85.
Mahoney and Copeland had also qualified for the finals in other events at the U.S. Open. Mahoney placed sixth in the 100-meter (long course) breaststroke with a time of 1:02.10, while Copeland placed seventh in the 50-meter free with a mark of 22.77. Mahoney and Copeland join three Cal women's swimmers on the World University Games' squad - Madison Kennedy, Lauren Rogers and Amanda Sims.
Mahoney, a transfer from West Virginia who grew up in Rio Vista, Calif., placed third at the 2008 NCAA championships in the 200 breast. He was also third at the 2008 Pac-10 meet in the 200 breast, and ninth in the 100 breast and 13th in the 200 IM. Copeland, from Lexington, Va., was the 2008 Pac-10 champion in the 50 and 100 free, swam the lead-off leg of Cal's Pac-10 champion 200 free relay and the freestyle leg of the Bears' Pac-10 champion 400 medley relay.
At the 2008 NCAA championships; Copeland swam the freestyle leg of Cal's national runner-up 400 medley relay, swam the lead-off leg of the Bears' 200 and 400 free relays that placed third, and the freestyle leg of Cal's 200 medley relay that placed third. Individually, he was fourth in the 100 free and fifth in the 50 free at the NCAA meet. Copeland is majoring in sociology.
Mahoney and Copeland helped the Cal men's swimming and diving team to an impressive 2007-08 campaign under first-year coach David Durden and head coach emeritus Nort Thornton. The Golden Bears came into the 2008 NCAA championships ranked 11th, but proceeded to finish fourth nationally after six top-five finishes and new school records in the 200 (1:24.50, junior David Russell, freshman Damir Dugonjic, senior Jernej Godec, senior Joe Whittington) and 400 medley relays (3:05.38, Russell, Dugonjic, Godec, senior Copeland), as well as school records in the 100 back (Russell) and 100 breast (Dugonjic). Cal garnered 332.5 points and trailed only Arizona (500.5), Texas (406) and Stanford (344). The Bears also placed second at the 2008 Pac-10 championships.
All athletes selected for the World University Games team must be at least 17 years old and less than 28 years old on January 1, 2009. In addition, athletes selected must be a student competitor who will be officially enrolled in a full-time course of study at an approved institute of higher education prior to the entry deadline, or enrolled as a full-time university student through January 1, 2009. All members of the World University Games team roster are pending final approval by the USOC.
For the complete team roster for the World University Games, please visit www.usaswimming.org/nationalteam.