Kalyn Keller Earns Second Olympic Berth

July 13, 2004

USC's Kalyn Keller qualified for her second event of the 2004 Olympics while Trojan grad Erik Vendt will be the top-ranked swimmer in the 1500m free final at the U.S. Swimming Olympic Trials on Tuesday (July 13) in Long Beach, Calif.

Keller, a sophomore-to-be who was second in the 400m free last week, took second in the 800m free in 8:26.33 to earn the right to swim in her second Olympic event. Diana Munz, a 2000 Olympian, won the race, barely edging Keller in 8:26.06.

USC senior-to-be Kaitlin Sandeno, in a bid to qualify in her fifth event in Athens next month, finished out of the running and in sixth in 8:32.74.

Munz led for the first 350 meters before Keller took over the lead after 400 meters. Keller led Munz by half of a body length for about 250 more meters before Munz retook the lead near the 650 mark. Munz maintained close to a quarter-second lead the rest of the way.

Meanwhile, Vendt, who already made his second Olympic team after finishing second in the 400m IM at the start of the meet, swam the fastest 1500 meters in prelims (15:18.15) to qualify first in the event on Wednesday (July 13).

Vendt, who made the team in the event in 2000, led a trio of Trojans that earned spots in the final. Former USC NCAA title winner Klete Keller was second in 15:18.75 while Larsen Jensen, a freshman in 2004 who took the spring semester off to concentrate on his training for the Trials, was third in 15:24.75. Like Vendt, both Keller and Jensen are already on the team.

Former USC All-American John Abercrombie took sixth in the 100m fly in 53.70.

USC senior-to-be Tyler Storie finished 28th in the event in his first Olympic Trials appearance.

On Monday, former USC great Lindsay Benko, trying to make the team in her second individual event, finished seventh in the 100m free. She will swim the 200m free and the 800m free relay.