Bears Earn U.S. National Team Berths
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  09/29/2010

Sept. 29, 2010

BERKELEY - Three current California swimmers and three former Golden Bears claimed spots on U.S. national teams for the 2010-11 season, USA Swimming announced on Sept. 28. Sophomore Caitlin Leverenz joined alumnae Natalie Coughlin, Madison Kennedy and Dana Vollmer on the U.S. national team, while freshmen Cindy Tran and Deborah Roth earned spots on the U.S. youth national team.

Leverenz, the 2010 Pac-10 Newcomer/Freshman of the Year, earned her spot via her results in the 200- and 400-meter individual medleys. Coughlin made the team in the 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, Kennedy in the 50 free and Vollmer in the 50, 100 and 200 frees and the 100 fly.

Swimmers were chosen for the U.S. national team based upon their times in Olympic events at the 2010 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships and the 2010 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships in August. Swimmers with the top six times in each event, not including relay lead-offs and time trials, made the national team.

Roth and Tran swam their way onto the youth national team for their performances in the 100-meter backstroke. The athletes with the top six times in Olympic events from the combined results of the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships and the 2010 Speedo Junior National Championships were named to the team.

Cal head coach Teri McKeever, who served as the U.S. women's head coach at the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships, leads her Bears (1-0) back into action in the Oct. 15 Stanford Invitational. The Bears open up the home schedule on Oct. 16, when they host Texas at Spieker Aquatics Complex.