Vendt, Mellouli, Kwasny Post Wins At Texas Invite
Dec. 5, 2002
Vendt won the 500y free in 4:17.06, an NCAA automatic time and the fastest mark in the country this year. Kwasny won the 200y IM in 1:58.00, another automatic time, while Mellouli won the men's 200y IM in 1:47.26, an NCAA consideration time.
Both the men's and women's teams placed four finalists in the respective finals of the 500y free.
For the women, sophomore Kaitlin Sandeno paced a Trojan finalist quartet with a second in the 500y free (4:39.94, NCAA auto). The mark broke the school record of former Trojan Lindsay Benko, a 2000 Olympic teammate of Sandeno's. Freshman Margie Pedder was fourth (4:46.92, NCAA consideration), senior Asa Sandlund was fifth (4:48.00, NCAA consideration) and freshman Stacy Vazhenin was seventh (4:51.22, NCAA consideration).
Junior Jana Krohn was second in the 100y fly in 52.99, an NCAA automatic though slightly slower than her impressive prelim swim of 52.91. Sandeno was sixth (54.51, NCAA consideration) and sophomore Marisa Kozak was seventh (54.60, NCAA consideration).
Junior J.D. Abercrombie made a pair of final appearances, taking fifth in the 100y fly (48.17) and fourth in the 200y IM (1:49.00).
Overall, the women's team is second in team scoring (228) while the men's squad is fourth (200).