Oct. 15, 2009
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Former UCSB swimmer Katy Freeman was officially named the member of the USA National Team for the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool it was announced on Monday. Freeman will travel to Manchester, England for the meet that will run from Dec. 18-19.
Freeman, was an All-American in 2009 for the Gauchos and is also a NCAA Woman of the Year nominee from the Big West Conference. She will vie for the 2009 NCAA Woman of the Year award that will be presented this fall.
Duel in the Pool is a swimming competition in which stars from two nations compete with each other. The concept of this competition was started in 2003 to develop competition and rivalry between the two largest swimming powerhouses: Australia and the USA. This year, Australia hosted Japan while British Swimming will host the USA. These meets have been extremely popular in Australia as well in Europe and since they started in 2003, many world records have been broken at these competitions.
"I am incredibly excited to have the opportunity to represent the U.S. at the Duel in the Pool," said Freeman. "Having had my first experience at an international meet this past summer, I know that there's no feeling quite like getting up behind blocks wearing the USA logo on your suit and cap. I am looking forward to meeting new teammates, competing against other countries and seeing a different part of the world."
Freeman took third in the 200-meter breaststroke and fifth in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2008 U.S Open, which qualified her to swim in the 2009 World University Games. At the 2009 World University Games, Freeman was the only American to qualify for the finals in the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke events.
Prior to the World University Games, Freeman earned All-American honors at the 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Freeman also competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials in 2008 where she placed in both the 100 ad 200-meter breaststroke.
Freeman is currently an assistant coach for the UCSB swim team while completing her degree in socio-cultural linguistics.
The UCSB women's swim team will officially open the 2009-10 season on Saturday, Oct. 24 when the Gauchos host UCLA and Oregon State in a triple-dual meet at Campus Pool. The first event is scheduled for noon.