Sandeno Wins Twice To Lead Trojans Against Texas

Oct. 24, 2003

Junior Kaitlin Sandeno won two races and anchored a relay victory, freshman Kalyn Keller earned a win in her debut and seniors Jana Krohn and Nicci Fusaro also posted firsts on the first day of a two-day short-course meters meet against Texas on Friday (Oct. 24) at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.

After day one, Texas held a slim 84-83 lead. Texas was also scoring against Stanford, but the Cardinal led 88-79.

Sandeno won both the 400m IM (4:39.15) as well as the 200m back (2:11.68), impressively posting NCAA automatic qualifying times in her first official swims of the year. Sandeno was a good 10 seconds ahead of Keller in the 400m IM, though Keller's 4:49.94 was still good for second place and an NCAA B cut. Sandeno's time in the 200m back was just .06 off of the school record set by Paige Francis (2:11.62).

Texas junior Sarah Wanezek led a Longhorn sweep in the 100m free, but that event was followed by Sandeno's win in the 200m back.

The Longhorns did it again in the 200m breast, taking the top three spots. Freshman Elizabeth Tinnon finished first in 2:33.06 to lead the trio.

Krohn responded for the Trojans in the 100m fly, winning in 1:01.11, touching a moment ahead of Wanezek, second in 1:01.26. Both were NCAA B cuts.

In the next event, Keller won what is bound to be the first of many victories at USC, taking the 400m free in 4:10.48, a strong swim and an easy NCAA B cut. Junior Margie Pedder was second in 4:12.98.

Meanwhile, at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, the diving portion of the meet was being held, which is where Fusaro won her first event of her senior year, taking the 1-meter in 284.60. Texas' Ali Hartzell (277.15) and Katura Horton-Perinchief (230.00) were second and third, respectively, and USC sophomore Lindsay Draper (221.05) was fourth.

USC closed out the first day of the swimming competition with a stirring win in the 200m free relay, posting a come-from-behind win. The quartet of freshman Caitlin Connealy, sophomore Joy Galloway, Krohn and Sandeno won in 1:44.30, just ahead of Texas' 1:44.45. The Longhorns had a three-quarter second lead after 100 meters, but Krohn and Sandeno chased down Connie Brown and Kristin Siminski for the win and key points in the meet.

The final day of the meet begins at 11 a.m. on Saturday at USC.

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