Sandeno Qualifies Second Fastest In 200m Fly On Day Three Of NCAA Championships

March 20, 2004

Junior Kaitlin Sandeno, already with a pair of NCAA titles in her back pocket, began the quest for a third when she qualified for the finals of the 200m fly with the second-fastest time of the morning session on the third day of prelims at the 2004 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday (March 20) at Texas A&M's Student Rec Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas.

Sandeno was one of three Trojans to qualify for second swims in the 200m fly as juniors Margie Pedder and Marisa Kozak earned consolation appearances by qualifying 11th and 16th, respectively. Junior Joanna Fargus also earned a second swim in the 200m back.

USC freshman Kalyn Keller and Pedder will also compete in the 1500m free in a timed final that will kick off the finals tonight. Keller is the top-seeded swimmer while Pedder is third. Pedder, in fact, will swim the mile about an hour after competing in the 200m fly.

Sandeno swam a 2:07.69 in the 200m fly, cruising into the wall and touching just behind top qualifier Whitney Myers, an Arizona freshman who finished in 2:07.30. Sandeno's time toppled the USC record of 2:10.92, set by Paige Francis in 2000. Sandeno has also re-set USC records in the 200m IM, 400m IM, 50m free, 400m free relay and 800m free relay.

Pedder earned her second swim with a 2:11.63 while Kozak was the last qualifier for consolation finals in 2:12.67. It was especially notable for Kozak, who swam the race for the first time at the Pac-10 time trials and competed in it in race competition today for the first time.

Fargus, who has had a solid year after returning from an injured ankle as a sophomore, broke the USC record in the 200m back in 2:10.33, but fell a second short of qualifying for the finals. She will be the top qualifier in the consolation heat. Sophomore Stacy Vazhenin also swam in the event, finishing 37th in 2:16.10.

USC's 400m free relay barely missed out on a second swim, but the unit of Fargus, freshman Cait Connealy, senior Jana Krohn and Sandeno did set a USC record in 3:46.14. For Krohn, who earned All-American honors last night in the 100m fly, it was a school record on her final NCAA race as a Trojan.

USC has now set records in the 400m and 800m free relays, the 400m free, 200m IM, 400m IM, 50m free, 100m fly, 200m fly and 200m back.

The meet, normally competed in yards, is being swum in short course meters because it is an Olympic year. The meet concludes tonight with finals at 7 p.m. (CST).

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