Retirement can wait for Dana

July 6, 2013

Dana Vollmer didn’t out and out say she contemplated retirement following her success in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

But the former Granbury SEALS standout hinted at such late last week after winning gold in the Phillips 66 National Championships and World Team Trials in Indianapolis.

“After coming off an Olympic year, I initially was going to take a year and step away and try to think about if I retired, what would I do?” Vollmer said.

She changed her mind, and now she’s on the U.S. Team as it prepares for the Fina World Championships July 28-Aug. 4 in Barcelona.

Her time of 57.53 in the finals of the 100-meter butterfly was the third fastest in the world this year. She holds the world record of 55.98, set when she won a gold medal in the event in the London Olympics, one of three gold medals she won last summer.

She clocked a 57.75 in winning preliminaries.

“It wasn’t as fast as I wanted to be,” she said of her time in Indianapolis. “I’ve been all over the map. Each day of training has made a difference for me.”

Vollmer said instead of taking time off, she returned to working out with her teammates again.

“I love working out in the pool, being with my teammates,” she said. “I started coming to morning practices and building off those morning workouts.

“Some people will say it’s only one practice a day, but I also do yoga and pilates.”

Vollmer said her favorite workout has always been in the pool, however.

“It was finding a balance for me,” she said.

And now that she’s headed to Barcelona, the training will intensify.

“I’ll keep doing what I’ve been doing, get back in training, and keep working on the minor stuff,” she said.

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