Nov. 20, 2010
BERKELEY - California fans can vote for Golden Bears head men's swimming and diving coach David Durden and senior standout Nathan Adrian to win 2010 Golden Goggle Awards at the voting website Golden Goggle Voting. 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.
Durden is vying with four other coaches, including Cal women's head coach Teri McKeever, 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 also include former Cal women swimming standout Natalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer, who along with Adrian starred at the Pan Pacific Championships for their respective teams.
Adrian's' winning 50-meter free race is up for the Race of the Year - Men honor, and the U.S. men's winning 400-meter free relay, with Adrian anchoring, seeks the men's Relay Performance of the Year Award.
Adrian had a phenomenal meet at the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, held at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif., winning four titles. On Aug. 21, he was a two-time winner, capturing the 50-meter free in a Pan Pacific record time of 21.55 over world record holder Cesar Cielo (21.57) of Brazil and Canada's Brent Hayden (21.89). He then swam the freestyle leg of the United States' gold medal 400 medley relay victory over Japan, teaming up with Aaron Piersol, Mark Gangloff and Michael Phelps to win the meet's final event (3:32.48, Adrian's leg 47.54).
Back on August 19 the Bear standout had won the 100-meter freestyle with the world's top time this season - 48.15 over Hayden (48.19) and Cielo (48.48). Adrian had also swam the anchor leg on Team USA's gold-medal winning 400 free relay (3:11.74) along with Michael Phelps, Ryan Lochte and Jason Lezak - clocking in his leg at 47.51 on August 20.
Last March, Durden led Cal to a second place finish at the 2010 NCAA meet, the best finish for the Bears since placing as the national runners-up in 1986 with Matt Biondi. He coached Cal athletes to three individual national crowns (Adrian in the 100 free, Damir Dugonjic in the 100 breast, Tom Shields in the 100 fly) and four relay national titles (200 and 400 free relays, 200 and 400 medley relays), and was named the 2010 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships Coach of the Meet. Cal placed higher than any other Pac-10 school at the NCAA meet, being edge only by Texas, 500-469.5.
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.
For more information, please visit the USA Swimming Foundation's Golden Goggles page at this URL USA Swimming's Golden Goggles Page.