2012 4×200 Relay Gold Medalist Vollmer Won’t Swim 200 Free at Trials


100m fly American record holder and former world record holder Dana Vollmer will not be swimming the 200 free at Olympic Trials.

At the 2012 Olympics, Vollmer slipped under the 56 second mark in the 100m fly to win gold and break the world record. She also swam the 2nd leg of the American 4×200 free relay, splitting a 1:56.02 for the third-best leg of the relay. The Americans went on to win gold and break both the national and Olympic Games meet record in the event.

Vollmer didn’t compete for awhile after winning a bronze in the 100 fly at the 2013 World Championships, then came back to the sport after giving birth to her son Arlen last spring. She posted modest times at Summer Nationals in 2015, but has pounded out some very strong times this spring, including a 56.9 100 fly and a new personal best of 24.69 in the 50 free, all without a full shave and taper.

Since her comeback, Vollmer has swum the 200 free just once, posting a 2:01.07 at the Mesa Pro Swim Series stop to get the OT cut. Vollmer’s best is a 1:55.29 from 2009, but hasn’t been under 1:57 since before 2012. Her swim this spring was her only time racing the event since 2012.

Vollmer is the top seed in the 100 fly, and is also seeded 3rd in the 100 free and 5th in the 50 free.

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About Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon

Karl Ortegon studied sociology at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, graduating in May of 2018. He began swimming on a club team in first grade and swam four years for Wesleyan.

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