Vendt, Sandeno Win 400y IM At Texas Invite
Dec. 6, 2002
After dominating the 500y free on opening night, USC owned the 400y IM on the second night of the Texas Invitational on Friday (Dec. 6) in Austin.
Sophomore Kaitlin Sandeno (4:10.06) and senior Michala Kwasny (4:11.84) finished 1-2 on the women's side while senior Erik Vendt (3:41.49) and freshman Ous Mellouli (3:46.30) did the same in the men's race. All four times are NCAA automatic qualifying performances.
While Sandeno was still a bit off of the USC women's record in the event, a 4:06.54 by Kristine Quance in 1997, Vendt's time approached his school record set last year, 3:40.65.
Sandeno made another finals appearance on Friday, taking fourth in the 100y back, her 55.13 another NCAA automatic. Kwasny also finalled again, the other coming with an eighth in the 200y free. She swam a 1:51.13 in the finals, but her 1:49.43 in prelims was an NCAA consideration mark. Junior Jana Krohn was sixth in the event (1:48.74, NCAA consideration).
Freshman Kammy Miller posted a third in the 100y breast (1:02.23, NCAA consideration) while sophomore Alice Orr was seventh (1:04.21). Mihaly Flaskay, on the men's side, was third in the event (54.37, NCAA consideration).
Jeff Lee was seventh in the back (49.94).
Overall, the women's team is still in second in the team scoring (477) while the men's squad remains in fourth (391).