Sandeno and Vendt Sweep 1650y Free at Texas Invite

Dec. 7, 2002

For the third consecutive night, USC dominated the distance events at the Texas Invitational as sophomore Kaitlin Sandeno broke a school record in winning the 1650y free while senior Erik Vendt merely approached his school mark on Saturday (Dec. 7) in Austin.

Sandeno, swimming as if she's making up for lost time from her injury-plagued freshman season, flexed her muscles and swam an amazing 16:04.08, breaking Michelle Ford's 1984 mark of 16:12.00. The time would have been third at last year's NCAAs. Senior Asa Sandlund swam a great race as well, taking second in 16:21.75, like Sandeno, posting an NCAA automatic time.

Vendt won his 1650y free in 14:42.97, about five seconds off his best. Freshmen Ous Mellouli (15:03.21) and Tyler Storie (15:33.88) were third and fifth, respectively, while swimming NCAA consideration times.

Vendt and Sandeno weren't finished with their miles, however. Sandeno went on to take the 200y fly (1:56.00) and Vendt was second in the 200y breast (1:56.87), both NCAA autos. Freshman Margie Pedder was third in the 200y fly (1:57.75, NCAA auto) and senior Michala Kwasny was fifth (1:58.86, NCAA auto).

Freshman Kammy Miller continued her stellar work in the breaststroke by winning the 200y breast in 2:13.85, another NCAA auto. Sophomore Alice Orr made her second breast finals, taking seventh in 2:19.00.

Sophomore Marisa Kozak (1:59.37) and junior Trent Staley (1:44.33) both took fourth place in NCAA consideration times in their respective 200y back events.

Junior Mike Gausman was second in the 200y fly (1:45.52) while junior J.D. Abercrombie was third (1:45.93) and senior Jeff Lee was fifth (1:46.15). All were NCAA consideration times.

The women finished third overall as a team (672) while the men were fourth (578).

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