Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Vollmer named nation's top swimmer
NEW YORK -- Cal's Dana Vollmer has won the Honda Award as the nation's top swimmer.
Vollmer helped her team capture the Pac-10 and NCAA titles. She was chosen NCAA swimmer of the year Wednesday after winning the 100- and 200-yard freestyle, and she also contributed to two relay titles in the 400 and 800 freestyle.
She posted an NCAA championships meet record of 1:42.01 in the 200 freestyle prelims and a personal best of 47.17 in the 100 freestyle.
Other nominees were Stanford's Julia Smit, Southern Cal's Rebecca Soni and Florida's Gemma Spofforth.
Vollmer is the third athlete from Cal to win the Honda Award, joining Mary T. Meagher (1985, '87) and Natalie Coughlin (2002, '03).
The Honda Award is given annually to the top female athletes in 12 NCAA sports.