Sept. 12, 2006
SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara senior Pat Cary, an All-American in the 100 and 200 butterfly at the NCAA Championships last spring, has been selected to represent the United States at the Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro next July.
Cary qualified by finishing fifth with a time of 2:00.35 in the 200 fly at the U.S. Nationals at Irvine, Calif., in August.
"We talked to him about staying and committing himself to training during the summer," said UCSB assistant coach Jeremy Kipp. "His long course training this summer was a key and being selected for the Pan American Games is a huge reward for him. He has really taken a step-up and he has put himself in a position to make a run at qualifying for the Olympics in 2008."
Cary, who finished fifth in the 200 fly and 14th in the 100 fly at last year's NCAA Championships, could also compete in the 100 fly at the Pan Am Games. He led the Gauchos to the Big West Championship in 2006 and will return for his final season in 2007 as one of the favorites to win the NCAA Championship in the 200 fly.