March 23, 2009
BERKELEY -Dana Vollmer is the Muscle Milk California Student-Athlete of the Week in honor or her performance at the NCAA Championships, where the Bears won their first-ever NCAA title.
Vollmer was the final anchor of the Cal foursome of Hannah Wilson, Liv Jensen and Erica Dagg that sizzled to a new school, NCAA, NCAA Championship meet, American and U.S. Open record time of 3:09.88 in the 400 free relay to seal the national title for the Golden Bears.
She helped put the icing on the cake in the 800-yard freestyle relay as Cal's foursome of Sara Isakovic, Hannah Wilson, Liv Jensen and Vollmer clocked a new school, NCAA, NCAA Championship, American and U.S. Open record time of 6:52.69, with Vollmer leaving no doubt with the last 200 yards with a scorching 1:41.75.
Vollmer also secured the top spot in the 100-yard freestyle morning preliminaries with a time of 47.24, then returned with even more firepower in the Championship final with a resounding personal-best time of 47.17 to claim her second individual NCAA freestyle title of the week.
On Friday night, Vollmer won the NCAA title in the 200-yard freestyle. This was Vollmer's third individual NCAA title in three years at Cal (100-yard butterfly in 2007). It was also the first 100 free NCAA title by a Cal women's swimmer in school history. Vollmer's 200 free NCAA title on Friday night was the first by a Golden Bear since Conny van Bentum in 1986.
Earlier in the Friday morning preliminaries, Vollmer clocked an NCAA Championship meet record time of 1:42.63 in the 200-yard freestyle, securing the top spot for the Championship final. That record didn't last long as she bested that mark with a time of 1:42.01, a new NCAA Championship meet record. Vollmer simply turned on the jets in the final 50 yards, clocking a time of 25.54 to create separation from second-place finisher Morgan Scroggy (1:42.90).
For her achievements, Vollmer has also been named the 2009 NCAA Female Swimmer of the Year.
Muscle Milk California Student-Athletes of the Week