Sandeno Does It Again, Wins Second Title At U.S. Summer Nationals

Aug. 7, 2003

USC junior Kaitlin Sandeno continued her superb swimming at the 2003 U.S. Summer Nationals, winning the 400m IM for her second straight title to give her three top 2 finishes in as many races on Thursday (Aug. 7) in College Park, Md.

Sandeno, who won the 200m fly on Wednesday and was second in the 800m free on Tuesday, won the 400m IM in 4:40.82, which made her the third fastest woman in the event this season.

Sandeno's national title was her eighth of the career and the sixth in the 400m IM (first since 2001). She led wire to wire, challenged briefly by former teammate Michala Kwasny after 100 meters and Sara McClarty after 200. After 300 meters, she held more than a five-second lead and cruised to the win. Kwasny finished fifth in 4:50.31.

Fellow Trojan junior Paul Fahey made his first national final in the men's 400m IM. He finished seventh in 4:28.45 after qualifying fourth in 4:25.36. Trent Staley won the bonus consolation race in 4:26.00, which would've been good enough for sixth had he qualified for the finals race.

Jana Krohn also won a bonus consolation race, taking 17th overall in the 200m free (2:02.88).

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