Sandeno Strong At U.S. World Championship Trials

April 3, 2005

Former Trojan star Kaitlin Sandeno finished second in the 400m IM and likely secured her second event at the 2005 World Championships as she continued her strong swimming this week at the 2005 U.S. World Championship Trials on Sunday (April 3) in Indianapolis, Ind.

Sandeno, in her fourth finals appearance of the meet, took second in 4:41.87, behind only teen phenom Katie Hoff. Sandeno set the American record in the event when she won silver in the race at the 2004 Olympics. While first-place finishers are automatic qualifiers for the World Championships later this year, second-place finishers are usually included on the team as well, no not automatically.

Sandeno also finished fifth in the 200m free on Saturday, good for a spot on the 800m free relay.

Fellow former Trojan Klete Keller is also competing and has already earned a spot on the 800m free relay. Keller swam the anchor leg that beat the favored Australians in the event at the Olympics last year.

USC sophomore Sean Sussex made the `B' final of the 50m free, taking 14th overall in 23.40. (0.19 off the USC record). Sophomore Sam Masson was 13th in the 100m back on Saturday (57.26).

Swimmers are not only vying to qualify for the U.S. World Championships team but the American World University Games team as well.The meet runs through April 6.

Results can be found at USA Swimming.

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