Sandeno Wins At Texas Invitational

Dec. 4, 2003

In a meet featuring some of the fastest teams in collegiate swimming, USC flexed its distance muscle at the Texas Invitational, dominating both the men's and women's 400m free in the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin on Thursday (Dec. 4).

USC placed four swimmers in the finals of the 400m freestyle, led by junior Kaitlin Sandeno's first-place swim of 4:13.03. She was followed closely by freshman Kalyn Keller, who was second in 4:14.43. Junior Margie Pedder was fifth (4:19.93) while sophomore Stacy Vazhenin was eighth (4:26.30).

USC's men's team also had a big showing in the 400m free, though the event was won by former Trojan Erik Vendt (who still trains with the Trojans) in 3:52.44. Vendt won the same event in the same pool at the 2003 NCAA Championships.

And like he did last year, sophomore Ous Mellouli also swam well in the race. He finalled last year and in this meet took second in 3:53.51. Freshman teammate Larsen Jensen was third (3:54.93) while senior Trent Staley was fifth (3:59.17).

Sandeno later came back to take second in the 200m IM in 2:16.11. In the men's event, Mellouli went 2:05.78, good for third in the tightly contested race. Junior Jana Krohn was fifth in the 100m fly (1:02.08).

The meet continues Friday and Saturday.

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