Vendt, Mellouli, Kwasny Post Wins At Texas Invite

Dec. 5, 2002

Seniors Erik Vendt and Michala Kwasny and freshman Ous Mellouli all posted wins on the first day of the Texas Invitational at Texas in Austin on Thursday (Dec. 5).

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.

Behind Vendt, Mellouli was second (4:19.63, NCAA auto), junior Trent Staley was fifth (4:22.92, NCAA consideration) and senior Jeff Lee was sixth (4:23.15, NCAA consideration).

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).

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