Aug. 5, 2004
Junior-to-be Kim Vandenberg won the 200m butterfly at the 2004 USA Nationals in Palo Alto on Wednesday night, picking up UCLA's first individual national championship since the late 1970's. Vandenberg won in a time of 2:11.08, which was a faster time then she swam at the Olympic Trials, while teammate Krista Daley finished 16th in the same event with a time of 2:20.90.
"Coming off Trials, this is a different meet, but it's still Nationals," Vandenberg said. "I've never accomplished this before, so it's something I can add to my (swimming) experience, and I'm really happy with how the summer ended. I've really worked hard this past year."
Vandenberg also advanced to the finals slated for Thursday evening in the 200m freestyle after finishing 12th in the preliminaries with a time of 2:04.67.
"It is an amazing feat to be able to come off Olympic Trials and train for three more weeks and then emotionally get fired up for Nationals, said Head Coach Cyndi Gallagher. "She did an outstanding job."
In other action on Thursday, senior-to-be Kim Scarborough and sophomore-to-be Courtney Iversen swam in the 400m Individual Medley Relay. Scarborough finished 30th in a time of 5:03.44, while Iversen finished 32nd in a time of 5:04.33.
Complete results can be found at www.usaswimming.org