Aug. 7, 2006
Kim Vandenberg, who ended her eligibility with the Bruins in June, won the second 200m butterfly national title of her career on Friday, narrowly winning a tightly contested battle to the end with a lifetime-best swim of 2:08.51 at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine, CA.
Vandenberg came out on top of a tight race, edging Mary DeScenza of Athens Bulldog Aquatics at the finish, 2:08.51 to 2:08.73.
DeScenza established a slight lead at the 100-meter mark, only to have Vandenberg overtake her by a fraction of a second at the 150. The two went stroke-for-stroke down the final length, and at 10 meters, it was still anyone's race.
"I knew I had to swim my best, and I knew I could do better than 2:09," Vandenberg said. "I didn't see anyone. I was really focused on my own race. (DeScenza) really pushed me to work harder, and I thank her for that. She's a great competitor."
The two touched the wall about two seconds ahead of the rest of the field. Kathleen Hersey of Swim Atlanta was third in 2:10.53.
"Kim had an exciting race," said Head Coach Cyndi Gallagher. "It was one of the few swims of the meet where the underdog won and it was great to see it happen to her. She's had a great summer and trained really hard in and out of the pool. She's done everything she could do to make this happen, so it wasn't unexpected, but I still expect her to go faster."
Vandenberg won her first 200 Fly title in the summer of 2004. Her win now puts her on the U.S. roster for the PanPacific Championships, which will take place in Victoria, British Columbia on August 17.
Fuccillo swam a lifetime-best in the 200 Breast, finishing 36th in a time of 2:36.83. She was 58th in the 100 Breast (1:14.71) and 65th in the 400 IM (5:03.24).
Imagane finished 57th in the 800 Free (9:01.24).
Miesner placed 38th in the 200 Fly (2:18.43).
Nelson finished 32nd in the 400 Free (4:19.53) and 25th in the 800 Free (8:52.12).
Stanton was 54th in the 200 Back (2:21.64) and 78th in the 100 Back (1:07.56).
Thurman swam a lifetime-best of 27.08 in the 50 Free to finish 73rd overall.
Wong competed in the relay events.
Vandenberg finished eighth in the 100 Fly with a time of 1:00.57, 31st in the 50 Free (26.62) and 34th in the 100 Free (57.25).
"We had a successful national meet, with some kids swimming lifetime-bests," added Gallagher. "It shows how well our summer training has been going"
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