March 26, 2007
Former Bruin and 16-time All-American Kim Vandenberg will compete in the 200 Butterfly at the World Swimming Championships in Melbourne, Australia on Wednesday. It is Vandenberg's first time competing at the World meet.
"Kim's dedication to reach her potential in swimming is inspirational," said head UCLA swim coach Cyndi Gallagher. "She has been focused on swimming fast at the World Championships since she got beat by the world record holder, Australian, Jessicah Schipper. She had lifetime-best swims at the Grand Prix meet in Missouri while the college team was at the Pac-10's.
"She is exicted to have another international swimming experience as she continues to train for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. Swimming against the Australians and the best Americans will only help her become a better athlete."
Vandenberg earned a spot on the U.S. World team after winning the 200 Fly national title and placing sixth at the Pac-Pacific Games last August.
She is also slated to swim in the Dual in the Pool, a meet between the Australian National Team and U.S. National Team, on April 3.
World Championship Sports Network (WCSN), the premier destination for fans of Olympic and lifestyle sports, has partnered with Fox Sports Net, the International Federation of Swimming (FINA), and USA Swimming to deliver comprehensive coverage of the 12th FINA World Championships in Melbourne, Australia. WCSN will produce segments for Fox Sports Net affiliates across the U.S., WCSN's own television channel, as well as provide exclusive live and on-demand coverage via its broadband network at WCSN.com.
Events in each of the five aquatic disciplines FINA represents - swimming, diving, synchronized swimming, open water swimming, and water polo - will be featured on all the outlets, with WCSN.com providing live exclusive coverage of the swimming events and final water polo matches online. The FINA World Championships are held every two years and 2007's event is anticipated to be the largest ever, consisting of approximately 2,000 competitors from 175 nations, more than the aquatic events at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.
Another former Bruin, Malin Svahnstrom, will also be competing at the World Championships. Svahnstrom, who swims for Sweden, will compete in the 200 IM and on the 800 Freesytle Relay.
Results can also be found on the USA Swimming website.