LOS ANGELES, July 10. KALYN Keller and Sung Mo Cho won the women's and men's 800-meter freestyle, respectively, to begin the first day of the 10th annual Janet Evans Invitational this evening at the USC McDonald's Swim Stadium in the U.S. Grand Prix meet hosted by the University of Southern California.
Keller, from Phoenix, Ariz. and swimming for Sun Devils Aquatics, swam a PR 8:33.23, seven one-hundredths of a second off the meet record set by Janet Evans in 1995 (8:33.16).
USC junior-to-be Kaitlin Sandeno was second in 8:38.93 while Alyssa Kiel (Lake Erie Silver Dolphins), the top seed in the event, was third in 8:44.70.
Sandeno led for the first 500 meters, but Keller passed her by the 600 meter mark and led the remainder of the race to win by over five seconds.
Keller's splits: 4:18.31 – 4:14.92.
Cho, a Korean training in Mexico, won the men's timed final in 8:02.77, touching ahead of Peter Vanderkaay (Club Wolverine, 8:06.75) and Chris Thompson (Club Wolverine, 8:08.27). Thompson entered the meet as the top seed.
In a near repeat of the women's race, Vanderkaay held the lead for the first 500 meters only to be overtaken by Cho by the 600. Cho came home in a quick 57.77 in the final 100 to seal the win.
The meet continues Friday through Sunday with prelims beginning at 8:30 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. each day. Keep checking back to SwimInfo.com for regular updates.