LOS ANGELES, December 19 — UCLA swimmer Kim Vandenberg has been named the Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimmer of the Month for November, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced this week.
Vandenberg, a junior from Moraga, CA., is the Bruins' record-holder in both fly events. Her 100 pr is 53.29 while in the 200 she has a best of 1:55.13 from this year's Pac-10s at Belmont Plaza. Her 200 ranks 12th all-time (performers) and she is fourth-fastest among active collegians behind Georgia's Mary DeScenza (double-defending NCAA champ); Stanford's Dana Kirk (defending Pac-10 champ) and Arizona's Emily Mason.
Vandenberg won the 100 and 200 yard butterfly events at the Boilermaker Invitational in WestLafayette, IN. Nov. 5-6. Her times in both (54.10/1:55.69) were, at the time, second-fastest nationally for the 2004 season. Vandenberg followed by winning the 100 freestyle, 100-200 butterflys in UCLA's dual meets with Arizona State and Arizona a few weeks later. She also swam third-leg on the Bruins' winning 200 Medley relay team against Arizona State.
The 2002-2003 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Newcomer of the Year, Vandenberg placed fifth in the 200 meter fly at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Long Beach last July.
This is the first monthly honor for Vandenberg, and also UCLA's first-ever Swimmer of the month all-time.