Aug. 18, 2005
Senior Kim Vandenberg won a silver medal on Wednesday for the U.S. at the World University Games in the 200 Fly in Turkey, swimming a new lifetime-best of 2:10.40. Vandenberg barely missed out on a gold medal, finishing second to Poland's Otylia Jedrzejczak, the World Record Holder, by 0.73 seconds (2:09.67).
"Two weeks ago, Kim had a rough U.S. National meet swimming without rest and failed to make the championship finals, said Head UCLA Swim Coach and U.S. Assistant Coach for the World University Games Cyndi Gallagher. "Even though Kim hates to lose, she never lost sight of her goal - swimming a lifetime best and representing the USA in Turkey. Kim swam on the last day of the meet (day 6) and stayed focused the entire time. I am very proud of her efforts because she did not back away from the challenge of swimming against the world record holder. She enjoyed the competition and rose to the occasion."
"This meet was such an amazing experience," said Vandenberg. "It was my first international competition and I loved swimming against the World Record Holder. Even though she beat me, she pushed me towards swimming my best time. I'm really happy with how I did and look forward to my senior year at UCLA."
Vandenberg has had a sensational season, highlighted by the silver medal at the World University Games and a third-place finish at the NCAA Championships in the 200 Fly. With just her senior year left at UCLA, the 2005-06 season looks to be one for the record books.
Gallagher and Vandenberg will return home this week and turn the focus to the upcoming swim season.
Results can be found on the World University Games Website.