Sandeno Qualifies For 4th Olympic Event At U.S. Trials
July 11, 2004
USC's Kaitlin Sandeno did it again, qualifying for her fourth event at the 2004 Athens Olympics when she took second in the 200m fly at the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials on Sunday (July 11) in Long Beach, Calif.
Sandeno, already set to compete in the 400m free, 400m IM and 800m free relay, added the 200m fly to her Olympic to-do list.
Trojan senior-to-be Sandeno finished second in 2:09.94, behind only Dana Kirk, who led wire-to-wire in 2:08.86. Sandeno was actually in sixth halfway through the race and in fourth as she turned into her final 50 meters. But she motored home in the final quarter of the race in a finals-best 34.06, passing Mary Descenza and Kimberly Vandenberg and keeping eventual third-place finisher Whitney Myers at bay.
Former USC NCAA title winner Lindsay Benko, who qualified for the 200m free on Saturday, earned a spot in the finals of the 100m free on Sunday by finishing eighth overall in the semifinals in 55.69. A top two finish will get her in individually and a top four finish will put her on the 400m free relay.
Former USC All-American Gabriel Woodward finished sixth in the men's 100m free final in 49.45. Again, the top four in the event earned a spot on the 400m free relay, but the fifth- and sixth-place finishers in the event could make the team if there are enough multiple event top-two finishers in other events.
USC 2004 grad Trent Staley barely missed qualifying for the finals of the 200m back, taking ninth in the semifinals in 2:01.45, a tenth of a second from finishing eighth.
Trojan senior-to-be Paul Fahey took 14th in the 200m IM semifinals in 2:05.75.
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USC has sent more athletes to the Olympic Games than any other university. From 1904 to 2000, there have been 340 athletes who attended USC before, during or after their Olympic appearance. They have collected 217 medals (104 gold, 59 silver and 54 bronze), including at least one gold medal in every summer Olympics since 1912.