Sandeno, Vendt Win Three Races Each To Kick Off Swimming, Diving Season
Nov. 1, 2002
A hat trick worth of wins from senior Erik Vendt and sophomore Kaitlin Sandeno paced USC's swimming and diving teams in their season-opening efforts as the No. 8 women's team opened a 92-75 lead over No. 7 Texas and the No. 5 men's team trailed top-ranked Texas, 103-63, after the first day of a two-day dual meet at Texas on Friday (Nov. 1) at the Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas.
Texas A&M's men's team and Stanford's women's team are also racing in the meet, but are not scoring against USC.
Vendt posted wins in the 400y IM (3:48.42), 500y free (4:19.88) and the 200y breast (1:58.92). In the breast, Vendt edged the defending NCAA champion in the event, Brendan Hansen, who was second in 1:58.95.
Sandeno, off to a great start to her sophomore campaign after a severe back strain kept her out for most of her freshman year, opened with wins in the 400y IM (4:12.32), the 200y back (1:58.89) and the 500y free (4:49.51).
Freshman Kammy Miller was second in the 200y breast (2:14.25) while Mellouli complemented his second in the 400y IM with another second in the 500y free (4:20.62).
Senior co-captain Michala Kwasny, the two-time defending Pac-10 champ in the 400y IM, was third in the event (4:17.88) and freshman Joy Galloway was fourth (4:23.63). Junior Jana Krohn was third in the 100y fly (54.61) in a tight race while senior co-captain Jeff Lee also took third in the 100y fly for the men (49.13). Junior Trent Staley finished third in the 200y back in 1:47.83. USC's only men's diver, Ray Vincent, was fifth in the 1-meter.
The meet will conclude on Saturday (Nov. 2). It begins at 12 p.m. (CST).