Cal sophomore Amanda Sims, a seven-time North Coast Section champion at Montgomery High, won the 100-yard butterfly tonight at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas.
Sims’ victory is a stunner. She entered seeded seventh in the event, which included a pair of American record holders and former Olympians in Stanford junior Elaine Breeden and Cal senior Dana Vollmer.
Sims won in a time of 51.28 seconds, more than two seconds better than her performance at NCAAs last year when she finished 15th in 53.49. Breeden, the U.S. record holder in the 200 fly, finished second in 51.34. Vollmer, the U.S. record holder in the 200 free and 2007 NCAA champion in the 100 fly, placed fourth in 51.69.
I wrote a story for Saturday’s Press Democrat, but I couldn’t get in touch with Sims. I left on a message on her cell phone, but her mom, Fran, who is in College Station, said her daughter had a massage and a team meeting that ocuupied much of her night.
At least Fran Sims had a good quote.
When I asked her how she was doing she said, “I think I’m having an out-of-body experience.”