Aug. 15, 2007
Head UCLA swim coach Cyndi Gallagher had a triumphant run as the head coach for the U.S. women's team at the World University Games in Bangkok, Thailand. Under her guise, the team did exceedingly well, breaking two meet records while picking up over 10 medals.
The U.S. relays had an incredibly strong showing, winning gold in two of the three events contested. They also set World University Games records in both the 400 Free and 800 Free Relays. In both relays, the participants broke the records in the prelims and the finals en route to gold medals.
"It was an honor being head coach of this very talented and enthusiastic team," said Gallagher. "Being able to spend two weeks with this team (one week in a training camp in Singapore and one week in Thailand) was an unbelievable experience. The entire team got along so well and made it fun and easy to coach them.
"They came in prepared to compete, and we were all proud of how they represented USA swimming. The relay's were especially rewarding because we won two gold medals in the 400 Free Relay and 800 Free Relay breaking the Games record in both events. They also won the silver in a hard fought battle in the 400 Medley Relay. This meet was an excellent preparation for Beijing in 2008, and I am certain we will see some of these athletes in the Olympic Games!"
Gallagher and former Bruin Kim Vandenberg also got good news this week as Gallagher was named to the U.S. coaching staff for the Japan International Grand Prix and Vandenberg was invited by the Japanese Organizing Committee to compete at the meet. The meet will be held August 21-24 in Chiba, Japan.