Sandeno Wins Third Race At Janet Evans Invitational

July 12, 2003

Kaitlin Sandeno (USC) won her third race of the weekend while Jayme Cramer (Stanford) broke the first meet record, leading a parade of eight different winners on the third day of the Janet Evans Invitational at USC's McDonald's Swim Stadium on Saturday (July 12).

A USC All-American and Olympic medalist, Sandeno came from behind to defeat Stanford's Kristen Caverly, who is swimming for Met West, to win the 400m IM. Sandeno finished first in 4:44.16 while Caverly was second in 4:45.40. Former Trojan All-American Michala Kwasny was third (4:51.90).

Sandeno, ranked third in the world this year in the 400m IM, led after 200 meters of fly and back, but Caverly put together a strong 100 meters of breaststroke to take a slight lead. She still led by .05 with 50 meters to go, but Sandeno tracked her down for the win.

Cramer led for the entire race as he broke the first meet record of the weekend, winning the 200m free in 1:49.37. The swim broke Australian Olympic great Michael Klim's 1997 time of 1:49.87. Auburn's Ben Jones took second in 1:50.75 while Club Wolverine's Peter Vanderkaay was third in 1:51.50.

Gabe Woodward (Nova) won the 50m free in 23.25, turning in his second-fastest time ever. Former Stanford All-American Sabir Muhammad was second (23.32) while Evan Lane (California Aquatics) was third (23.52).

For Woodward, a former USC All-American, it was a solid step toward his goal of making the 2004 Olympics.

'That was enjoyable. I'm just having fun,' Woodward said. 'I've only been training for about eight weeks with Novas, so this is good. I haven't swum much the last couple years, but I decided to try and make the relays for 2004. I want to give it a good shot.'

In one of the more hotly contested races of the evening, Eric Diiulio (Palo Alton) won the men's 400m IM in 4:29.71, followed by Louis Vayo (Fast) in 4:30.85 and Dan Trupin (Stanford) in 4:31.58. John Dorr (UNAT) actually led heading into the final 100 meters of freestyle with six swimmers less than two seconds off him, but he fell to fourth.

Dana Vollmer (Fast-NT), 15, won the women's 200m free in 2:01.01. Trailing by a hair after 100 meters, she passed Colleen Lanne (Nova) after 150 meters and stretched her lead in the final 50. Kalyn Keller (UNAT) also passed Lanne for second (2:01.99) as Lanne finished third (2:02.71).

Ashley Roby (Athens Bulldog) won the women's 200m breast in 2:30.95. Keri Hehn (Minnesota) was second (2:32.10) while Caverly was third (2:32.58).

Greg Owen (Ford) fought off three Stanford swimmers to win the 200m breast in 2:20.01. The Cardinal's Gary Marshall was second (2:20.92) while Stanford teammate Michael Bruce was third (2:21.06).

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