Sandeno Wins Third National Title

Aug. 10, 2003

Ho Hum.

For the third time of the meet, USC junior-to-be Kaitlin Sandeno won a national title, clinched the women's individual high-point award in the process and led Trojan Swim Club to the women's team championship on Saturday (Aug. 9) at the 2003 U.S. Summer Nationals in College Park, Md.

Sandeno, who earlier in the meet won the 400m IM and the 200m fly, finished first in the 200m IM in 2:12.97. It was the fourth-fastest time of the world this year and broke the 11-year-old meet record of 2:13.10, set by Summer Sanders in 1992.

'I think right now, my sprinting is there,' said Sandeno, who was named the women's Kiphuth Award winner with a meet-high 93 points. 'I just need more time and my 800 (free) and 400 IM will be right where I want it to be.

'This is the most wins I've ever gotten at Nationals, so overall, things are right where I want them to be. I'm happy. Being a year out (from Olympic Trials), it's really encouraging. I'm really excited.'

Sandeno exploits complemented an overall strong Trojan Club effort that featured a combined nine wins among the men's and women's teams.

The women's team won the team title with 298 points, well ahead of second-place Texas Aquatics (237).

Recently graduated Michala Kwasny capped a solid meet with her third finals appearance, this one a sixth-place finish in the 200m IM in 2:18.10.

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