Sandeno Wins 3 Golds At Short Course World Championships

Oct. 8, 2004

Trojan Olympic medallist Kaitlin Sandeno continued her wonderful 2004 by winning three gold medals on Thursday (Oct. 7) at the 7th FINA World Championships in Conseco Fieldhouse.

Sandeno won three gold medals and set two American records, leading Team USA to a stellar performance in which it won gold in each of the five finals contested, along with two silvers and a bronze.

'Michael's got nothing on me,' Sandeno said with a laugh about American star Michael Phelps.

'Actually, he's got his own agenda, but his events are a little more spread out. I just like to have all my events on one day and get it over with.'

Sandeno certainly got the job done, winning gold in the 200m fly, 400m IM and the 800m free relay. Her time of 4:30.12 in the 400m IM was an American record. She then capped her eveningby anchoring the 800m free relay, which set the American record with a time of 7:47.72.Teammates Dana Vollmer, Rachel Komisarz and former Trojan great Lindsay Benko shared the honor.

All this despite suffering from a concussion sustained while warming up this morning.

'I was just excited I swam this well tonight,' Sandeno said. 'I'm not in the best of shape, so I just wanted to go out there and have fun. I think I swim off adrenaline very well.'

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