Fromer Trojan Benko Wins Gold At World Championships

April 5, 2002

Fromer Trojan All-American Lindsay Benko won her second career Short Course World Championships gold medal when she finished first in the 200m backstroke on Friday (April 5) in Moscow, Russia.

Benko, who won the gold medal in 2000 in the 400m free, won the 200m back in 2:04.97, a Short Course World Championships record. Benko dominated the race, finishing well ahead of second-place Reiko Nakamura of Japan (2:07.30). Benko won bronze in the event in 2000.

Later in the finals, Benko, who was ninth in the 100m free on Thursday, anchored the U.S. 400m medley relay, which placed second to Sweden in 3:57.17. Benko's relay split in the free was 53.33.

Sophomore Klete Keller and junior Erik Vendt won a bronze medal on Thursday as part of the U.S. 800m free relay. Vendt swam the second leg while Keller was the anchor. The U.S. finished third in 7:08.73. Senior Rodrigo Castro was the leadoff for Brazil in the same race, helping his country to a fourth-place finish. Individually, Vendt was sixth in the 400m IM (4:10.89).

On Friday, Keller reached the finals of the 400m free, but finished eighth in 3:49.18. He went 3:46.09 in the prelim.

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