Trojans Defeat Texas In Close Finish

Oct. 25, 2003

Junior Kaitlin Sandeno won two more races while freshmen Kalyn Keller and Cait Connealy, junior Margie Pedder and senior Nicci Fusaro also posted wins to help USC post a slim victory over Texas, 169-165, to wrap up the two-day short-course meters meet on Saturday (Oct. 25) at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium.

Sandeno also combined with freshman Kristina Sieper, senior Jana Krohn and sophomore Joy Galloway in the 200m medley relay as they edged Texas' relay, 1:56.27 to 1:56.37, to open Saturday's swimming.

Keller, who won the 400m free on Friday, won her second event by winning the 1500m free in 16:14.97, an NCAA automatic qualifying time and only .20 off of Asa Sandlund's school record of 16:14.77. Pedder was second in 16:25.43, an NCAA B cut. Galloway was third in 16:38.40, also a B cut.

Connealy won her first race as a Trojan by taking the 200m free in 2:01.83 (B cut), ahead of Texas sophomore Kristin Siminski (2:02.29) and Krohn (2:02.47).

Sandeno won her first race of the day in the 100m back, setting a school record with a swim of 1:00.64 (NCAA A cut), breaking Paige Francis' mark of 1:01.12. Longhorn sophomore Elizabeth Wycliffe was second (1:01.91) and junior Sarah Wanezek was third (1:01.95).

Over in Pasadena at the Rose Bowl Aquatics Center, senior Nicci Fusaro scored valuable points in the diving well, winning the 3-meter with 539.20 points, well ahead of second-place Ali Hartzell of Texas, who had 477.35.

Texas freshman Elizabeth Tinnon won the 100m breast (1:09.65), leading a Texas sweep in the event. But Pedder came back for the Trojans in the 200m fly, winning in 2:13.21 (NCAA B cut). Krohn (2:15.82) and Keller (2:15.89) took second and third, respectively, for a Trojan sweep.

Wanezek led a Texas sweep in the 50m free in 25.96, but Sandeno brought USC back in the 200m IM, winning in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:13.32.

Texas won the 400m free relay in 3:47.62 and almost finished 1-2. But Sandeno brought USC back on the final leg to secure second place.

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