Golden Bears Win a Golden Goggle
LOS ANGELES – Cal freshman Missy Franklin and Golden Bear alumna Natalie Coughlin earned a Golden Goggle Sunday as members of the USA 4x100-meter free relay that claimed a gold medal at the World Championships over the summer. The result earned them the Relay Performance of the Year Award.
The Golden Goggles, presented by the USA Swimming Foundation, honors achievements in the sport over the past year.
In the 4x100 free at the 2013 championships in Barcelona, Franklin, Coughlin and Shannon Vreeland kept the USA squad in second place through three legs behind Australia. Megan Romano, swimming anchor, came from behind to give the U.S. its first gold medal in the event since 2003. The foursome broke the American record by almost two seconds, finishing in 3:32.31.
Among those in attendance at the ceremony were members of the 2013 USA World Championships team, a group that included Golden Bears Franklin, Coughlin, Elizabeth Pelton, Rachel Bootsma, Caitlin Leverenz and Dana Vollmer. Cal head coach Teri McKeever also served as an assistant coach for the squad.