April 12, 2011
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - In her first meet since California won the NCAA title in March, sophomore Caitlin Leverenz captured the 400-meter individual medley and 200-meter breaststroke in the Eric Namesnik Michigan Grand Prix that ran from April 8-10 at the Canham Natatorium at the University of Michigan. Teri McKeever's current and former protégés starred in the long-course meet - 2009 NCAA Swimmer of the Year Dana Vollmer won the 100-meter butterfly and freestyle and Golden Bears legend Natalie Coughlin prevailed in the 100-meter backstroke.
Leverenz posted U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying times in the 400 IM (4:40.71) and 200 breast (2:30.37) as well as in the 100 butterfly (5th in 59.97), 200 butterfly (3rd in 2:13.34) and 200 IM (2nd in 2:12.80). She clocked a U.S. National Championships qualifying time of 2:18.19 when she placed 10th in the 200 backstroke.
The 100 fly championship final featured three Bears, with Leverenz, Vollmer, who won the event in a pool-record and Olympic Trials qualifying time of 57.50, and Coughlin, who finished second (58.05 Olympic Trials qualifier). Vollmer later triumphed in the 100 free (pool-record and OT time of 54.52) and finished third in the 50 free (25.45 OT).
Coughlin, making her long-course debut this season, won the 100 back in a pool-record and Olympic Trials qualifying time of 1:00.04. She finished second behind Vollmer twice, including in the 100 free (54.93 OT).
McKeever, the Cal and 2012 U.S. Olympic head coach, was also on hand to see Nathalie Lindborg swim in Ann Arbor. The Cal freshman took sixth place in the 50 free (25.98 OT) and clocked a time of 56.53 (OT) to take 12th in the 100 free.
The long-course meet is part of the USA Swimming Grand Prix series, which continues May 12-15 with the Charlotte Ultraswim Grand Prix in Charlotte, N.C.