April 4, 2005
Junior Kim Vandenberg placed fourth in the 200m Butterfly at the 2005 World Trials Qualifier in Indianapolis, IN on Monday, qualifying her for the World University Games which will be held in Izmir, Turkey in August. The World University Games will be Vandenberg's first taste of international competition.
Vandenberg came into the finals with the fourth best time (2:12.94) and maintained that place, swimming 2:12.01 to qualify for the World University Games. The top-two finishers in the race qualified for the World Championships, held in Montreal, Canada in July, while the third and fourth place finishers qualified to the World University Games. Although, Vandenberg finished fourth in the competition, the third place finisher (Elaine Breeden) is not old enough to compete at the University Games, thus making Vandenberg the top qualifier for the U.S.
"This is very good news and exciting for Kim," said Head Swim Coach Cyndi Gallagher. "This is going to be her first international competition and we are all very excited for her."
Vandenberg also swam in the 100m Fly, finishing sixth in the B final with a time of 1:01.48.
Also competing at the World Trials were sophomores Katie Arnold, Katie Nelson, and Isabel Miesner. Arnold placed eighth in the 100 Back (1:04.56) and 48th in the 50m Free (27.65). Nelson placed 24th in the 400m Free (4:21.71) and 23rd in the 800m Free (9:00.30), while Miesner finished 35th in the 200m IM (2:23.96).