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Women's NCAAs, Day 2: Sandeno Blasts American Record in the 400 IM -- March 19, 2004 Kaitlin Sandeno at 2004 NCAAs

By Phillip Whitten

400 meter individual medley
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 19. THE 400 IM figured to be a battle among USC’s Kaitlin Sandeno, Arizona’s Emily Mason and Auburn’s Kirsty Coventry.

Sandeno quickly turned the battle into a rout, as she slashed the NCAA record (4:33.46), US Open record (4:33.44) and American record (4:31.76) with a brilliant 4:30.44. The records she broke were not your usual run of records either. The US Open mark was set by Tracy Caulkins in 1981 and had lasted 23 years, while the American record was set by Allison Wagner in 1993.

The USC junior was only 3-hundredths off Yana Klochkova’s world record pace after the breaststroke, but was unable to match the Ukrainian’s blistering final freestyle leg.

Coventry was second in 4:34.20 while Mason finished in 4:35.38.

Sandeno’s splits:
Fly: 1:01.20
Back: 1:07.10
Breast: 1:18.73
Free: 1:03.41

Official Results: 400-Meter Individual Medley Finals

EVENT: 8 WOMEN's 400 Meter Individual Medley

NCAA Record: 4:33.46 Alenka Kejzar Southern Methodi 2001
NCAA Meet Record: 4:33.81 Christina Teuscher Columbia 2000
World Record: 4:27.83 Yana Klochkova UKR 2002
American Record: 4:31.76 Allison Wagner USA 1993
US Open Record: 4:33.44 Tracy Caulkins USA 1981
QUALIFYING FOR "A" Cut: 4:15.93
QUALIFYING FOR This Meet: 4:17.57

RESULTS of FINALS

RANK NAME YEAR TEAM PRELIM TIME

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

1) SANDENO, KAITLIN JR SOUTHERN CAL. 4:34.74 4:30.44**
1:01.20 1:07.10 1:18.73 1:03.41
** NCAA Record: NCAA Meet Record: American Record: US Open Record:
2) COVENTRY, KIRSTY JR AUBURN 4:37.33 4:34.20
1:02.66 1:06.49 1:20.47 1:04.58
3) MASON, EMILY JR ARIZONA 4:35.85 4:35.38
1:02.06 1:09.88 1:19.98 1:03.46
4) PENDLETON, BETHANY SR WISCONSIN 4:38.28 4:36.40
1:03.31 1:09.55 1:21.21 1:02.33
5) McLARTY, SARA SR FLORIDA 4:38.07 4:38.47
1:04.50 1:10.63 1:20.11 1:03.23
6) BINDER, ADRIENNE FR AUBURN 4:39.69 4:40.00
1:05.65 1:10.96 1:20.89 1:02.50
7) EMBERTSON, MARI JR OREGON STATE 4:40.08 4:40.74
1:05.21 1:12.41 1:17.72 1:05.40
8) DUERK, LAUREN SO AUBURN 4:40.13 4:41.46
1:07.67 1:09.20 1:18.62 1:05.97

CONSOLATION FINAL

9) TAFLINGER, BROOKE SR INDIANA 4:41.32 4:39.42
1:04.64 1:12.18 1:18.67 1:03.93
10) BRADLEY, KRISTEN SO INDIANA 4:42.54 4:39.75
1:06.04 1:11.18 1:19.63 1:02.90
11) GORLESKY, ERIN SR INDIANA 4:42.05 4:40.29
1:06.11 1:12.22 1:20.02 1:01.94
12) KLEIN, MELISSA FR GEORGIA 4:42.12 4:41.64
1:04.82 1:12.97 1:18.70 1:05.15
13) DAVIS, LAURA SO STANFORD 4:43.30 4:42.48
1:04.66 1:13.48 1:19.99 1:04.35
14) CARROLL, KATIE FR NOTRE DAME 4:42.74 4:42.51
1:04.86 1:12.64 1:20.98 1:04.03
15) CARUSONE, ASHLEY FR FLORIDA 4:43.52 4:42.74
1:04.82 1:11.92 1:22.65 1:03.35
16) CASSIDY, ANDREA SR SOUTHERN METHOD. 4:43.26 4:44.93
1:05.24 1:10.92 1:23.17 1:05.60