Sandeno Leads U.S. To World Championship Relay Win

July 28, 2005

Former USC star Kaitlin Sandeno rose to the ocassion once again on one of swimming's biggest international stages, anchoring America's come-from-behind win in the 4x200m freestyle relay on Thursday at the XI FINA World Championships at Parc Jean-Drapeau in Montreal.

Sandeno, along with Natalie Coughlin, Katie Hoff and Whitney Myers, won gold in 7:53.70, the second fastest time ever in the race, defeating an Australia quartet that clocked 7:54.07, third fastest ever. Sandeno was part of the American squad that set the world record in the race (7:53.42) at the 2004 Olympics.

The U.S. trailed for most of the race and Sandeno entered the pool in second place. But the two-time NCAA champ as a Trojan and two-time Olympic vet with multiple medals already on her resume, didn't blink at the half-second deficit. She swam the final 200 meters in 1:57.57, finishing the comeback that started with almost a two-second disadvantage after the first 200 meters. Sandeno took over the lead with 100 meters left and held on to spark a U.S. celebration.Sandeno will swim the 400m IM on Sunday.

China rallied for the bronze, overcoming Great Britain.

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