Sandeno, Kwasny, Hartley All Win Again At Pac-10 Championships

March 1, 2003

Sophomores Kaitlin Sandeno and Blythe Hartley each won their third titles and senior co-captain Michala Kwasny won her second for USC on the final day of the 2003 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash., on Saturday (March 1).

USC finished third with 1138 points. UCLA, without winning a single event, won the team title with 1399 points, ahead of second-place Stanford 1308. Arizona was fourth (1013), followed by Cal (940.5), Arizona State (765), Washington (578.5), Oregon State (544) and Washington State (299).

Including USC's 800y free relay win, the Trojans won a combined nine titles, the most of any school and the most ever by a Women of Troy squad in Pac-10 competition. The last USC team to win more was the 1982 team that won a combined 13 titles in the Western Collegiate Athletic Association.

Sandeno, who won the 400y IM and the 500y free earlier in the meet, set two school records en route to winning the 1650y free. Her 15:54.41 broke her own record of 16:04.08 set earlier this year. Her time of 9:37.83 after the first 1000 yards broke Lindsay Benko's 1999 1000y free record of 9:40.63.

Sophomore Margie Pedder was second in the 1650y free in an NCAA automatic time of 16:04.94 while senior co-captain Asa Sandlund was third in 16:22.12. Freshman Joy Galloway gave USC four of the top five finishers in the event by taking fifth in an NCAA consideration time of 16:27.79.

Kwasny won her fourth career Pac-10 title by taking the 200y fly for the first time in a season's best 1:55.75. She improved on her NCAA automatic time (previously 1:58.86) and was less than a second off of her school record 1:55.08. Junior Jana Krohn, second in the 100y fly, was fourth in 1:57.13, also an NCAA automatic time, while Pedder came back from racing the mile earlier in the session to take sixth in 1:58.34 (an NCAA automatic time, but off her season's best).

Hartley, the 2002 NCAA Women's Diver of the Year who won the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard earlier, completed the Pac-10 sweep by winning the platform with 489.20 points. Hartley became only the second Pac-10 woman ever to sweep all three events. The first was Stanford's Katie Connors in 1988. Junior Nicci Fusaro posted her second second-place finish of the meet with 434.85 in the platform. She finalled in all three events for the third consecutive season. USC has won at least one Pac-10 diving event eight years in a row.

In the men's diving competition, going on concurrently with the women's, sophomore Ray Vincent won his first career Pac-10 title by winning the platform with 503.85, well ahead of his competition. He finalled in all three events on the weekend. Vincent's win was USC's first for the men since Justin Dumais swept all three events in 1999.

Freshman Kammy Miller, sixth in the 100y breast on Friday, was fourth in the 200y breast with 2:14.13. Her prelim time of 2:13.07, however, was a season's best and improved on her NCAA automatic time. Sophomore Marisa Kozak took third in the 200y back in 1:58.60, a season's best and an NCAA consideration mark.

USC's 400y free relay of Kwasny, Krohn, Galloway and Pedder finished fifth in 3:25.24.

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