Dana Vollmer was considered the favorite to win the 100 meter butterfly going into the 2012 Olympics. She's off to a good start after winning her heat and finishing with the top time.
The Cal star was in the final heat in the 100 meter butterfly, and she made her mark early on by setting the pace from the start. Vollmer led at the turn and then posted a 56.25 time, a new Olympic and American record. It's the fourth best time in history and the best ever time posted in the 'post-swimsuit' era. Vollmer seems to have established herself at the prohibitive favorite going into the semifinals tonight.
Among all other Cal swimmers, Sara Isakovic from Slovenia finished with a time of 59.86 seconds, and Hannah Wilson from Hong Kong managed a 59.59 seconds. Neither Golden Bear made the semifinals. Lu Ying of China finished second, Alicia Coutts of Australia finished third, Sarah Sjostrom fourth. The semifinals are slated for tonight, the finals Sunday night.
Click here for all the results from the 100 meter butterfly from NBC Olympics.
Talk about Vollmer's performance with Cal fans over at the California Golden Blogs.