Trojans Fall At California

Jan. 31, 2003

Sophomore Margie Pedder won a pair of races and Troy swept the diving events, but No. 9 California was too much for USC's No. 5 women's swimming and diving team, beating the Trojans, 167-133, on Friday (Jan. 31) in Berkeley, Calif.

The Trojans fells to 4-2 overall, 2-1 in the Pacific-10 Conference.

Pedder touched the wall first in the 500y free (4:53.11) and the 1000y free (9:56.66). Senior co-captain Asa Sandlund took second in both events.

Sophomore Blythe Hartley and junior Nicci Fusaro went 1-2 in the 1-meter and then reversed the order on 3-meter.

Senior co-captain Michala Kwasny earned a victory in the 200y IM (2:03.01), but on the whole, the Trojans took too many seconds and not enough firsts, including on both relays.

Sophomore Kaitlin Sandeno swam a season's best 1:48.29 in the 200y free, but took second to Cal's Natalie Coughlin, one of the world's fastest racers. Sandeno, an Olympic medalist herself who is still working to regain the form she had before her back injury as a freshman last year, also swam a season's best in the 200y back (1:58.40), but was edged by the Bears' Helen Silver (1:58.25).

Freshman Kammy Miller took second in both the 100y and 200y breaststrokes, finishing behind Olympian Staciana Stitts in both races.

Junior Jana Krohn took second in the 100y free (51.13) and in the 100y fly (54.84), falling to Coughlin in the latter.

USC will compete at No. 4 Stanford on Saturday (Feb. 1) at noon.

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