BARCELONA – California alumna Dana Vollmer clocked a time of 57.24 to capture the bronze medal in the 100-meter butterfly on Monday at Palau Saint Jordi at the World Championships. Also swimming in a Monday final, Cal alumna Caitlin Leverenz placed fifth in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:10.73.
The 2012 Olympic champion in the 100 fly – who set the world record of 55.98 in winning gold in London – Vollmer won a medal in Spain despite being under the weather.
“No matter how bad I feel I can still get up there and lay it on the line for less than a minute,” she said. “That’s what I told myself: With all the training that I’ve done, just get up there and give it my all for 57 seconds.
“For the past few days I’ve been pretty sick. That’s just bad luck. Normally I’m not one to get sick at meets. It’s disappointing and frustrating. I had an amazing week of training last week. But I’m still really proud of myself for coming in and giving it my all and swimming away with a bronze medal.”
Two of the top three swimmers in Monday’s 100-meter backstroke semifinals were Bears. Missy Franklin, who will make her Golden Bear debut this fall, posted the fastest time (59.31) and sophomore Elizabeth Pelton had the third-best time (59.44) to reach Tuesday’s final. Franklin (59.13) and Pelton (59.94) likewise finished with the best and third-best times, respectively, in the morning preliminaries. Senior Stephanie Au, swimming for Hong Kong, placed 25th in the prelims (1:02.10) but did not reach the semis.
Also swimming for Hong Kong, junior Yvette Kong finished with the 33rd-fastest time in the 100 breaststroke (1:10.37) prelims but did not advance to the semis.
Counting Vollmer’s bronze medal, Franklin’s and Natalie Coughlin’s gold medals in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay on July 28, Pelton’s gold for swimming on the U.S. 4x100-free relay in prelims, and Lauren Boyle’s bronze in the 400 free on July 28, Cal women have collected five medals thus far in Barcelona.
The World Championships continue on Tuesday, the third day of the meet, with women’s prelims and semis in the 200 free as well as women’s finals in the 100 back, 1500 free and 100 breaststroke.