Dana Vollmer

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Dana Vollmer
Personal information
Full name Dana Whitney Vollmer[1]
National team  United States
Born (1987-11-13) November 13, 1987 (age 28)
Syracuse, New York
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Butterfly, freestyle
Club California Aquatics
College team University of California, Berkeley;
University of Florida

Dana Whitney Vollmer (born November 13, 1987) is an American competition swimmer, Olympic gold medalist, and former world record-holder. At the 2004 Summer Olympics, she won a gold medal as a member of the winning United States team in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay that set the world record in the event.[2] Eight years later at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Vollmer set the world record on her way to the gold medal in the 100-meter butterfly, and also won golds in the 4×100-meter medley relay and 4×200-meter freestyle relay.

Vollmer has won a total of thirty two medals in major international competitions, including nineteen gold medals, eight silver, and five bronze, spanning the Olympics, the World Championships, the Pan American Games, the Pan Pacific Championships, and the Goodwill Games.

Early years[edit]

Vollmer was born in Syracuse, New York,[3] and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex region in Granbury, Texas. As an age group swimmer, Vollmer swam for coach Ron Forrest at the Fort Worth Area Swim Team (FAST).

In 2003, Vollmer underwent heart surgery to correct a condition called supraventricular tachycardia, which produces a quickened pulse rate of about 240 beats per minute. After that surgery, an electrocardiogram indicated to her cardiologists that she might have the Long QT. Then, further testing ruled out this condition. Her physicians recommended that she always have a defibrillator at the poolside whenever she swims in case of a heart emergency.

College career[edit]

Vollmer first enrolled in the University of Florida, and swam for coach Gregg Troy's Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Southeastern Conference (SEC) competition in 2006. As a freshman, she earned four honorable mention All-American honors. After her first year, she transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where she finished her NCAA and Pacific-10 Conference career competing for coach Teri McKeever's California Golden Bears swimming and diving team from 2007 to 2009. Vollmer was the Bears' most valuable swimmer for three consecutive years, the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year in 2009, and the 2008–09 recipient of the Honda Sports Award for Swimming and Diving, recognizing her as the outstanding college female swimmer of the year.[4] She earned 20 All-American honors as a Golden Bear swimmer, won an individual NCAA championship in the 100-yard butterfly in 2007, and led the Bears to their first NCAA team championship in 2009.

Swimming career[edit]

Early career[edit]

At the age of 12, Vollmer was the youngest swimmer to compete at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, but did not qualify for the U.S. Olympic team. She was also the youngest swimming competitor a year later at the 2001 Goodwill Games.

2004 Summer Olympic Games[edit]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, Vollmer won a gold medal as a member of the winning U.S. team in 4×200-meter freestyle relay, together with Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper and Kaitlin Sandeno. In addition to winning the gold medal, the U.S. relay team broke the previous world record in the event that had stood for 17 years.[5]


At the 2007 World Aquatics Championships, Vollmer won a gold medal in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. She also won the silver medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and 4×100-meter medley relay.

Vollmer just missed making the 2008 Olympic team, placing seventh at the 2008 US Olympic Trials in the 200-meter freestyle with 1:58.67, 0.51 seconds behind the 6th-place finisher, 5th in the 100-meter butterfly with 58.64, and 9th in the 100-meter freestyle with 54.84, 0.03 seconds behind 8th place qualifier Amanda Weir.[6][7][8]


On February 25, 2009, she set her first individual American record, breaking Natalie Coughlin's 200-yard freestyle record with a time of 1:41.53.

At the 2009 World Championships in Rome, Italy, Vollmer won two medals, a silver and a bronze. In the 200-meter freestyle, Vollmer set an American record in the semi-final with a time of 1:55.29. In the final of the 200-meter freestyle, Vollmer placed third, and her American record was broken by Allison Schmitt.[9] In the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, Vollmer swam the leadoff leg in 1:55.29. The American team finished in second place behind China with a time of 7:42.56.[10]

At the 2011 World Aquatics Championships in Shanghai, Vollmer won a total of three medals, two gold medals and one silver. In her first event, the 4×100-meter freestyle relay, Vollmer won a silver medal with Natalie Coughlin, Jessica Hardy, and Missy Franklin. After setting the national record in the semi-finals of the 100-meter butterfly (56.47), Vollmer won the gold medal in the final with a time of 56.87. In the 4×100-meter medley relay, Vollmer the gold medal along with Natalie Coughlin, Rebecca Soni, and Missy Franklin with a time of 3:52.36, better than three seconds ahead of second-place finisher China (PRC). Swimming the butterfly leg, Vollmer had a split of 55.74.

The final time of 3:52.36 for the medley relay was the second-fastest mark of all time, just behind the Chinese-held world record of 3:52.19.[11]

2012 Summer Olympic Games[edit]

At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, the U.S. qualifying meet for the Olympics, Vollmer qualified for the U.S. Olympic team for the second time (the first being in 2004) by finishing first in the 100-meter butterfly and third in the 200-meter freestyle. In the final race of the 100-meter butterfly, Vollmer won in a time of 56.50 seconds, better than one second ahead of second-place Claire Donahue. In the semi-final, Vollmer had broken her own American record of 56.47 with her time of 56.42. Vollmer also competed in the 100-meter freestyle, but just missed a spot on the 4×100-meter freestyle relay by finishing seventh (54.61).

At the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, she again broke her American record and set an Olympic record with a time of 56.25 seconds in her 100-meter butterfly qualifying heat. In the 100-meter butterfly final, she won the gold medal and set a new world record with her time of 55.98.[12] Vollmer also competed in the 4×200-meter freestyle relay. She swam the second leg with a time of 1:56.02, as the U.S. team won gold with a time of 7:42.94. In her final event, the 4×100-meter medley relay, Vollmer won another gold with Missy Franklin, Rebecca Soni and Allison Schmitt. Swimming the butterfly leg, Vollmer recorded a split time of 55.48, as the U.S. team set a new world record with a time of 3:52.05, bettering the previous record of 3:52.19 set by China in 2009.

Life outside swimming[edit]

Vollmer is an ambassador for the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women" program.

She is married to Andy Grant, a former swimmer for Stanford University.[13] The couple announced they were expecting their first child on October 10, 2014, and gave birth, March 6, 2015 to a baby boy.[14]

Personal best times[edit]

Long course[edit]

Event Time Venue Date Notes
50 m butterfly 25.80 Charlotte May 12, 2012
100 m butterfly 55.98 London July 29, 2012 AM, NR
200 m butterfly 2:09.86 Indianapolis March 31, 2012
50 m freestyle 25.09 Indianapolis March 4, 2011
100 m freestyle 53.30 Rome July 31, 2009
200 m freestyle 1:55.29 Rome July 28, 2009

Short course[edit]

Event Time Venue Date Notes
50 m butterfly 25.83 Dubai December 16, 2010
100 m butterfly 55.59 Berlin October 30, 2010 NR
100 m freestyle 52.58 Dubai December 16, 2010

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Dana Vollmer biography". The Biography Channel. Retrieved December 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ "US Women Break the Oldest World Record in the Book, the 800 Freestyle Relay". Swimming World Magazine. August 18, 2004. Archived from the original on May 20, 2011. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  3. ^ Sports-Reference.com, Olympic Sports, Athletes, Dana Vollmer. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  4. ^ Collegiate Women Sports Awards, Past Honda Sports Award Winners for Swimming & Diving. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
  5. ^ "2004 Olympic Games swimming results". CNN. Retrieved July 22, 2007. 
  6. ^ "2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Women's 200-metre freestyle (final).". Omega Timing. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  7. ^ "2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Women's 100-metre butterfly (final).". Omega Timing. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  8. ^ "2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials – Women's 100-metre freestyle (semi-final).". Omega Timing. Retrieved July 31, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Women's 200 m freestyle results (final)" (PDF). Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  10. ^ "Women's 4×200 m freestyle relay results (final)" (PDF). Retrieved May 1, 2010. 
  11. ^ "FINA World Championships, Swimming: United States Smokes Women's 400 Medley Relay; Rattles World Record; Sets American Record, Textile Best". Swimming World Magazine. July 30, 2011. Retrieved July 30, 2011. 
  12. ^ Reuters (July 28, 2012), UPDATE 1-Olympics-United States' Dana Vollmer won women's swimming 100m butterfly heat 6, retrieved July 28, 2012 
  13. ^ DanaVollmer.com, About. Retrieved July 29, 2012.
  14. ^ Dana Vollmer's Twitter, [1]. Retrieved November 17, 2014.

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Preceded by

Sarah Sjöström
Women's 100-meter butterfly
world record-holder (long course)

July 29, 2012 – August 2, 2015
Succeeded by

Sarah Sjöström