INDIANAPOLIS, October 7. LESS than an hour after winning the 200 fly, and only minutes after accepting her gold medal for that come-from-behind triumph, Kaitlin Sandeno was on the block again. This time, for the 400 IM.
But unlike the 200 fly, the 21 year-old Trojan with seemingly boundless energy went hard right from the start, turning first at 25 meters and never relinquishing that lead despite repeated challenges by 15 year-old teammate Katie Hoff.
Sandeno split 1:03.86 for the fly, 1:08.46 for the back, 1:15.68 for the breast and 1:02.12 for the free to finish in 4:30.12, breaking her own American record of 4:30.44 set at the NCAAs this year.
Hoff was a strong second in 4:33.09, while Aussie Lara Carroll upset Olympic bronze medallist Georgina Bardach of Argentina for the bronze.