Sandeno Wins Fourth Gold Medal At 2004 Short Course World Championships

Oct. 11, 2004

Trojan senior Kaitlin Sandeno, the hottest U.S. swim star this side ofMichael Phelps, picked up where she left off on Wednesday, taking herfourth gold medal of the 2004 Short Course World Championships inIndianapolis, Ind., on Saturday (Oct. 9) in the 400m free. Sandeno was incommand from start to finish and cruised easily to a win in 4:02.01.

'I'm so happy,' Sandeno said. 'It has been a lot of heart and confidence,and I just wanted to have a great time here. Indianapolis has been great.'

Sandeno, a triple medallist at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece,said the support of the fans in Indianapolis has been unbelievable.

'It's like being rock stars,' she said. 'The fans go nuts, and the kids askfor so many autographs. It is overwhelming because we are not used to it.The city of Indianapolis has been so welcoming. We love it, and weappreciate it so much.'

USC junior All-American Ous Mellouli has had an excellent meet, winninggold in the 400m IM in 4:07.02 and bronze in the 200m IM (1:56.23).

Former Trojan NCAA title winner Lindsay Benko was part of the Americans'400m free relay team that won with an American and U.S. Open record time of3:35.07.

'I'm so honored to be a part of this race,' Benko said. 'It's somethingthat I missed out on in Athens, and I was really happy to be on this team,especially to swim with Jenny (Thompson) in her last relay race. She hasbeen such an inspiration to all of us, so to be able to be up there withher tonight was great. You always have lots of confidence when Jenny isanchoring your team.'

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