Vendt Second In 400m Free At Summer Nationals

Aug. 12, 2002

Swimming against a friendly rival and former teammate, USC senior Erik Vendt finished second in the 400m freestyle, just behind former Trojan Klete Keller, on the opening day of the 2002 U.S. Spring Nationals on Monday (Aug. 12) in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Vendt finished in 3:49.89, shattering his personal best of 3:51.23 that he swam in 1998 when he won the title at the Summer Nationals. Keller, who led the entire race, didn't win by much, finishing first in 3:48.60.

For Vendt, it is the first of seven events that he's entered in, though the 400m IM (Thursday, Aug. 15) and the 1500m free (Friday, Aug. 16) figure to be his best shots at titles.

Sophomore Kaitlin Sandeno missed qualifying for the finals of the 400m IM by less than a tenth of a second and ultimately finished 11th overall, swimming to third in the consolation finals (4:52.00). Junior Jana Krohn was 12th in the 100m fly (1:00.69).

Sophomore Paul Fahey and junior Trent Staley both earned second swims to reach the bonus finals of their respective events. Fahey finished 21st in the 200m IM (2:06.77) while Staley was 23rd in the 400m free (3:58.48).

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