Kaitlin Sandeno Wins Gold As Part Of Record-Setting Relay
Aug. 18, 2004
ATHENS, Greece -- USC swimmer Kaitlin Sandeno earned her first gold medal and third medal of the 2004 Olympics as a member of the world-record-setting women's 800-meter freestyle relay Wednesday (Aug. 18).Sandeno, along with Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper and Dana Vollmer, smashed swimming's oldest record with a world-record 7:53.42 -- more than 2 seconds better than the old mark of 7:55.47 set 17 years earlier to the day by the former East Germany.Piper was the only swimmer retained from the morning preliminaries, when the Americans had the fastest time. Two other Trojans, alum Lindsay Benko and incoming freshman Rhi Jeffrey, also earned gold medals since they swam in the preliminaries.This was Sandeno's third medal of the 2004 Olympics. She earned a silver in the 400-meter individual medley, shattering the American record with a time of 4:34.95, and then earned the bronze in the 400-meter freestyle event with a mark of 4:06.19.With the gold medals for Sandeno, Benko and Jeffrey, a total of 11 medals have been won by a current, former or future Trojan in the 2004 Games. Athletes who attended USC before, during or after their Olympic appearance now have collected 108 golds, 62 silvers and 58 bronzes.