Sandeno, Kwasny, Hartley Win Titles On First Day Of Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 27, 2003

USC sophomores Kaitlin Sandeno and Blythe Hartley and senior Michala Kwasny each won titles to lead USC on the first day of the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Thursday (Feb. 7).

USC is in third after one day with 353 points. UCLA is first with 418.50 with Stanford second with 409 points. Cal stands in fourth place (301) and Arizona State is fifth (239). The following schools are currently placed sixth thorugh ninth: Arizona (217), Washington (144.5), Oregon State (139) and Washington State (95).

Sandeno broke her own school record to win the 500y free in 4:39.50 for her first career Pac-10 crown, edging her previous USC best of 3:39.94. Hartley successfully defended her title in the 1-meter springboard with a winning total of 332.85. Kwasny, meanwhile, won her third career Pac-10 title by touching first in the 200y IM in 1:58.67. Her previous two titles were in the 400y IM the previous two years.

Sandeno's first place in the 500y free paced a quartet of Trojans who made the finals. Sophomore Margie Pedder (4:44.88) and freshman Joy Galloway (4:48.54) were third and fifth, respectively, each posting season best marks. Senior Asa Sandlund was eighth in 4:51.96 in her second career conference finals appearance in the event.

In Kwasny's win, she edged second-place Agnes Kovacs of Arizona State by less than half of a second while Trojan sophomore Marisa Kozak was eighth (2:04.77, season's best) in her first career Pac-10 finals race. She improved 21 places from last year when she was 29th in the event.

Finishing behind Hartley in the 1-meter was junior Nicci Fusaro, who took fifth with 286.25 points. She has made the finals in all seven Pac-10 events in which she's competed.

USC's 400y medley relay of Sandeno, freshman Kammy Miller, junior Jana Krohn and Kwasny took third in a season's best mark of 3:41.18. Troy's 200y free relay was seventh.

In the men's diving competition, going on concurrently with the women's sophomore Ray Vincent took second in the 3-meter with 587.95 points.

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