Former Trojan Lindsay Benko Sets World Record

Jan. 27, 2003

Former Trojan All-American and Olympic gold medallist Lindsay Benko became the first woman to crack the four-minute barrier for the 400-meter freestyle, slashing a full half-second from Claudia Poll's 1997 standard of 4:00.03 with her 3:59.53 on the final day of the final stop in the 2002-03 FINA World Cup tour in Berlin on Sunday (Jan. 26).

Benko's feat in the short course swim earned a bonus of a $20,000 car.

'It's fantastic to be the first woman under the four-minute mark,' said Benko, 26, after a frenzied sell-out crowd of 2,500 cheered her to a sensational final 100 meters.

'I have really worked long and hard for this,' said Benko, who also owns the world record in the 200-meter free short course. 'I've narrowly missed it often, but I knew that I was in great shape coming in here. The crowd was great and cheered me home to that magical record.'

Benko also took second at the meet in the 200-meter free.

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