Aug. 21, 2006
Kim Vandenberg, who ended her eligibility in the Spring, finished sixth in the 200 Fly at the 2006 PanPacific Championships in British Columbia over the weekend. The 16-time All-American swam 2:09.83 in the final as Australia's Jessicah Schipper won in a new world record time of 2:05.40.
Vandenberg was competing at the PanPac meets after having won the U.S. National title two weeks ago in Irvine. She also competed in the 100 Fly (14th, 1:00.64) and 50 Free (28th, 26.87).
"Kim looked at her 200 fly as a HUGE learning experience," said Head Swim Coach Cyndi Gallagher. "In the prelims, she swam her own race and was very relaxed. In the final it was a really fast heat, one of the fastest of all time, with a world record 2:05.4 from Jessicah Schipper, and the two Japanese women went 2:06 and 2:07. I think Kim realized that she still needs to swim her own race and focus on her strengths instead of looking around and getting nervous that everyone else goes out a lot faster than she does. It was an OK time for her, but it was also motivational for her to see what she needs to do in the future to be the best. The more experience she can get swimming against the best in the world, the more she will learn."
Vandenberg's performance this summer did qualify her for the World Championship team in Melbourne in March, 2007.