Trojans Take Care Of UCLA As Sandeno Wins Three Races

Feb. 15, 2003

Sophomore Kaitlin Sandeno won three races, sophomore Blythe Hartley won two diving events and senior co-captains Michala Kwasny and Asa Sandlund, competing in their final home meet, won one race apiece as the No. 4 USC women's swimming and diving team defeated No. 12 UCLA, 162-138, on Saturday (Feb. 15) at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.

USC improved to 5-3 overall and 3-2 in the Pac-10 and won its 10th in a row over UCLA. The Bruins fell to 5-4, 3-3.

Sandeno took firsts in the 200y back (1:58.15, season's best), 200y free (1:49.09) and the 200y fly (1:58.06) while Hartley won both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard events with junior Nicci Fusaro taking second in both.

Kwasny touched first in one of her specialities, the 400y IM (4:16.68) and Sandlund took first in the 500y free (4:51.96).

USC finished 1-2-3 in the 500y free with sophomore Margie Pedder taking second (4:52.13) and Troy's third senior, Heather Valerio, taking third (4:55.62).

The Trojans also swept the 1650y free with Pedder taking first (16:35.96, season's best), followed by Sandlund (16:39.69) and freshman Joy Galloway (16:49.62).

Junior Jana Krohn won the 100y fly (55.15) and also took second in the 200y free (1:50.05). Freshman Kammy Miller won the 100y breast in 1:04.22. USC won the 200y medley relay while UCLA won the 200y free relay. The Bruins also swept the 50y free and went 1-2 in the 100y free.

The win gives USC five points in the Lexus Gauntlet Challenge - a season-long competition between USC and UCLA. Troy currently leads the Bruins, 42.5 to 27.5. This unique program awards points for the winner of each Bruin-Trojan head-to-head contest throughout the year and the Lexus Gauntlet trophy will be awarded to the school with the most points at year's end. USC won the inaugural trophy in 2002.