Olympic Swimmer Kaitlin Sandeno Signs With USC
April 25, 2001
Olympic medalist and six-time U.S. national champion Kaitlin Sandeno from El Toro High in Lake Forest, Calif., has signed a letter of intent with the Trojans, USC Coach Mark Schubert announced today.
'I'm a happy man,' Schubert said. 'She's an incredibly versatile swimmer and still improving. But beyond her swimming, she's a vibrant girl, a strong team person and a great addition to our program.
'She's always been a strong freestyler and breaststroker. Last year she improved her fly enough to make the Olympic team and then reached the finals. This season her backstroke improved and she really improved her walls and underwater.'
Sandeno made the 2000 U.S. Olympic team in three events - the 800m freestyle, 200m butterfly and 400m IM. She won a bronze medal in the 800m free while taking fourth in the 400m IM and fifth in the 200m fly.
Arguably the top prep recruit in the country, Sandeno most recently won titles at the 2001 U.S. Spring Nationals, swimming to first-place finishes in the 400m IM and the 200m fly. She also took seconds in the 400m and 800m free. She qualified to swim in all four of the above events at the World Championships this July in Japan.
Sandeno, who swims for the Nellie Gail Saddleback Valley club, owns five U.S. national titles in the 400m IM and one in the 200m fly. In addition to her national titles this spring in the 400m IM and 200m fly, she has won the 400m IM at the 2000 U.S. Olympic Trials, 2000 Spring Nationals and the 1999 Spring and Summer Nationals.
She won gold medals in the 400m and 800m free at the 1999 Pan Am Games, setting a meet record in the latter.