USC Wins 800y Free Relay For First Women's Pac-10 Relay Title

Feb. 28, 2003

Sophomores Kaitlin Sandeno and Blythe Hartley each won their second titles while Troy's 800y free relay posted USC's women's first ever Pac-10 relay win on the second day of the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Friday (Feb. 28).

USC is in third after two of three days. UCLA is in first with 848.5 points. Stanford is second with 797 points, while USC is in third with 663 points. Cal remains in fourth place with 656 points and Arizona is fifth with 623 points. Arizona State stands in sixth place (486), Washington is in seventh (393.5), Oregon State is eighth (338) and Washington State is currently in ninth place (207).

The relay unit of junior Jana Krohn, sophomore Margie Pedder, senior Michala Kwasny and sophomore Kaitlin Sandeno won the 800y free relay in 7:12.49, just more than a second off of USC's school record of 7:11.34 and more than four seconds ahead of second-place Arizona.

Sandeno won her second event of the meet in the 400y IM a day after winning the 500y free. She won in 4:09.14, edging teammate Kwasny, who took second in 4:10.76. Freshman Joy Galloway was fifth in 4:18.46. The win marked the third year in a row USC has won the event. Kwasny won the event the previous two years. All three above times were season's best marks as Sandeno and Kwasny improved on their NCAA automatic cuts while Galloway posted an NCAA consideration time.

Hartley, the 2002 NCAA Women's Diver of the Year, won the 3-meter springboard a day after winning the 1-meter. Hartley won going away with 606.70 points, well ahead of junior teammate Nicci Fusaro (516.60), who was the Pac-10 defending champion in the event. Three different USC divers have won the event in the last three years. Kellie Brennan won it in 2001. USC has won at least one Pac-10 diving event eight years in a row.

Krohn took second to Cal's Natalie Coughlin in the 100y fly, swimming a 52.97. Senior Asa Sandlund was USC's top finisher in the 200y free, taking 12th in a season's best and NCAA consideration time of 1:50.53.

Freshman Kammy Miller took sixth in the 100y breast in 1:02.60. Her prelim time of 1:02.00, however, was good enough for an NCAA automatic time.

USC's 200y medley relay of Sandeno, Miller, Krohn and Kwasny took fourth in 1:41.76.

In the men's diving competition, going on concurrently with the women's, sophomore Ray Vincent took fourth in the 1-meter with 289.90 points. The meet concludes on Saturday (March 1).

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