Four Trojan Swimmers Earn Medals At 2004 Olympics
Aug. 14, 2004
ATHENS, Greece -- Four Trojan swimmers - Kaitlin Sandeno, Erik Vendt, Klete Keller and Lindsay Benko -- won medals on the first day of competition at the 2004 Olympics on Saturday (Aug. 14).All four won medals for the second consecutive games with Sandeno, Vendt and Keller coming through in especially exciting races.Sandeno won the silver in the 400m IM, barely missing gold but smashing the 12-year American record in the process. She was out-touched at the wall by defending Olympic champ Yana Klochkova of the Ukraine, who won in 4:34.83. Sandeno finished in 4:34.95, obliterating Summer Sanders' 1992 mark of 4:37.58. It was Sandeno's first silver after winning bronze in the 800m free in 2000.Vendt won his second consecutive silver in the 400m IM. He finished behind Tom Dolan in 2000 and behind Michael Phelps on Saturday. Phelps set a world record while Vendt (4:11.81) out-dueled third-place Laszlo Cseh of Hungary (4:12.15) and fourth-place Alessio Boggiatto of Italy (4:12.28) down the stretch.Keller became only the sixth man to win two medals in the 400m free when he repeated his bronze effort in the event. World record holder Ian Thorpe (3:43.10) won in a tight race over teammate Grant Hackett (3:43.36) while Keller lowered his American record in 3:44.11.Benko won her second career Olympic medal thanks to her prelim swim in the 4x100m free relay. She won gold on the 4x200m free relay in 2000.