Sandeno Wins Title At Nationals, Krohn Takes Second

Aug. 6, 2003

Kaitlin Sandeno and Jana Krohn, teammates and leaders of the women's swimming and diving team, finished first and second, respectively, in the 200m fly while Trent Staley took third in the 200m back at the 2003 U.S. Summer Nationals in College Park, Md., on Wednesday (Aug. 6).

Sandeno blew away the field in the 200m fly in 2:08.78 to win her seventh career national title. The time was also good enough to make her the fifth fastest woman in the event this year. Krohn, in her third U.S. National final race since she's been at USC, out-touched a handful of swimmers for second-place in 2:12.22.

It was Sandeno's second top-2 finish in the first two days of the meet. She was second in the 800m free on Tuesday in 8:34.61.

Sandeno was actually in third after 50 meters and still in second as she hit the wall after 100 meters in 1:02.48. Olympic gold medallist Mysty Hyman led in 1:02.36 while 16-year old Andrea Axtell, who was in second after 50, was now third in 1:02:85.

Sandeno turned on the jets during the next 50, clocking it in 33.50 as Hyman and Axtell fell off the pace. Krohn and eventual third-place finisher Sara McClarty hung tough, but were battling for second-place after 150 meters.

Swimming a faster final 50 than her second 50, Sandeno won with ease and then could watch teammate Krohn fend of McClarty for second place, her best ever finish at Nationals. Fellow Trojan Margie Pedder also put forth a strong showing, taking 10th overall in 2:13.81.

Staley made his second consecutive finals appearance in the 200m back at nationals. Eighth a year ago, he finished third on Wednesday in 2:01.44. Like Krohn, it was his top finish ever at nationals.

Michael Phelps, the hottest swimmer on the planet, ran away with the 200m back, leaving Staley to battle for second with Nate O'Brien and Chad Barlow. Staley was fifth after 50 meters and moved into fourth after 100 meters. He moved past Barlow, into third, after 150 and finished in 2:01.44, less than half of a second after O'Brien.

J.D. Abercrombie won the consolation finals of the men's 200m fly in 1:59.85, a time that would have placed third in the championships finals (if he'd qualified in the morning). Recently graduated Erik Tolmachoff was 12th in 2:02.49

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