U.S. World Champs Trials, Day 3 Finals: Hoff Rolls Ahead; Sandeno Collects Individual Trip to Montreal

By John Lohn
Photos by Peter Bick

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., April 3. THE outcome of this race was predictable, what with the way she's been swimming the last few days. Still, Katie Hoff continues to amaze.

Already the winner of the 200 individual medley (American record) and the 200 freestyle, Hoff blasted her opposition in the 400 individual medley, as she clocked 4:39.25, more than two seconds quicker than the 4:41.87 of Kaitlin Sandeno, the Olympic silver medalist in the event.

Hoff wasted little time taking command, as she turned in first after the butterfly leg. The 15-year-old from the North Baltimore Aquatic Club padded her lead on the backstroke and, after the breaststroke, appeared as if she might challenge Sandeno's American standard (4:34.95).

While Hoff tired in the last 100 meters, she still managed to post the fastest time in the world this year. While she has three victories under her belt, Hoff still has the 200 butterfly, 200 backstroke and 100 freestyle ahead – provided she doesn't scratch one of the events.

"My goal coming into the meet was just to make the team in the 200 and 400 I.M.," Hoff said. "To make it in the 200 free is just amazing. I think the 400 I.M. was weighing me down all weekend, and now that I'm done with that, all the pressure is kind of off of me right now."

Sandeno, who picked up a relay spot out of the 200 free but failed to qualify in the 200 I.M., held off Alicia Aemisegger for second. Sandeno held a nearly three-second edge on Aemisegger at the midpoint, but Aemisegger pulled to within a second after the breaststroke leg. At the wall, Sandeno prevailed by just .45.

Sandeno touched the wall in 4:41.87 and Aemisegger registered a time of 4:42.32. Kristen Caverly placed fourth in 4:44.97 while Ariana Kukors was fifth in 4:46.78.

Event 15 Women 400 LC Meter IM
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World: W 4:33.59 9/16/2000 Yana Klochkova, UKR
American: A 4:34.95 8/14/2004 Katilin Sandeno, USA
U.S. Open: O 4:37.67 7/7/2004 Katie Hoff, N. Baltimore
Oly Trials08: T 4:55.89
Meet Cut: 4:57.79
Name Age Team Prelims Finals FINA
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=== A – Final ===

1 Hoff, Katie 15 North Baltimore 4:43.31 4:39.25T 964
r:+0.83 29.95 1:03.26 (33.31)
1:38.92 (35.66) 2:13.72 (34.80)
2:52.55 (38.83) 3:32.65 (40.10)
4:06.25 (33.60) 4:39.25 (33.00)
2 Sandeno, Kaitli 22 Trojan Swim Club 4:47.60 4:41.87T 937
r:+0.75 29.82 1:03.75 (33.93)
1:39.64 (35.89) 2:14.72 (35.08)
2:55.95 (41.23) 3:37.29 (41.34)
4:10.32 (33.03) 4:41.87 (31.55)
3 Aemisegger, Ali 17 Germantown Acade 4:45.69 4:42.32T 933
r:+0.77 30.35 1:05.10 (34.75)
1:41.85 (36.75) 2:17.51 (35.66)
2:57.35 (39.84) 3:38.35 (41.00)
4:10.77 (32.42) 4:42.32 (31.55)
4 Caverly, Kriste 20 Stanford Univ. 4:46.63 4:44.97T 907
r:+0.80 30.38 1:04.70 (34.32)
1:40.84 (36.14) 2:17.42 (36.58)
2:57.17 (39.75) 3:37.49 (40.32)
4:11.27 (33.78) 4:44.97 (33.70)
5 Kukors, Ariana 15 King 4:49.56 4:46.78T 890
r:+0.86 30.84 1:05.39 (34.55)
1:41.98 (36.59) 2:17.88 (35.90)
2:58.69 (40.81) 3:40.57 (41.88)
4:14.40 (33.83) 4:46.78 (32.38)
6 Smit, Julia 17 Three Village Sw 4:50.40 4:48.05T 878
r:+0.79 30.38 1:05.50 (35.12)
1:42.51 (37.01) 2:18.17 (35.66)
3:00.16 (41.99) 3:42.55 (42.39)
4:15.80 (33.25) 4:48.05 (32.25)
7 Ohlgren, Ava 17 Bulldog Aquatic 4:52.61 4:50.46T 856
r:+0.70 30.18 1:05.18 (35.00)
1:43.39 (38.21) 2:19.97 (36.58)
3:02.24 (42.27) 3:45.84 (43.60)
4:19.39 (33.55) 4:50.46 (31.07)
8 Retrum, Leah 19 U of Florida/Don 4:49.37 4:51.09T 851
r:+0.73 30.48 1:04.72 (34.24)
1:40.38 (35.66) 2:15.78 (35.40)
2:58.86 (43.08) 3:42.96 (44.10)
4:17.34 (34.38) 4:51.09 (33.75)

=== B – Final ===

9 Forster, Jennif 16 Wtrc Sharks 4:56.13 4:50.46T 856
r:+0.74 30.18 1:04.59 (34.41)
1:41.57 (36.98) 2:17.45 (35.88)
2:59.89 (42.44) 3:43.25 (43.36)
4:17.47 (34.22) 4:50.46 (32.99)
10 Kiel, Alyssa 18 Lake Erie Silver 4:54.69 4:50.72T 854
r:+0.77 31.47 1:07.12 (35.65)
1:45.41 (38.29) 2:22.57 (37.16)
3:04.15 (41.58) 3:46.28 (42.13)
4:18.91 (32.63) 4:50.72 (31.81)
11 #Crippen, Clair 16 Germantown Acade 4:53.14 4:51.63T 846
r:+0.91 31.22 1:05.82 (34.60)
1:44.24 (38.42) 2:21.26 (37.02)
3:03.74 (42.48) 3:46.29 (42.55)
4:19.73 (33.44) 4:51.63 (31.90)
12 Kalisz, Courtne 14 North Baltimore 4:55.23 4:52.09T 842
r:+0.84 30.61 1:04.66 (34.05)
1:41.26 (36.60) 2:17.34 (36.08)
3:00.12 (42.78) 3:44.72 (44.60)
4:19.21 (34.49) 4:52.09 (32.88)
13 Labosky, Marie 22 Germantown Acade 4:56.34 4:52.73T 837
r:+0.78 31.28 1:07.20 (35.92)
1:44.54 (37.34) 2:20.63 (36.09)
3:03.86 (43.23) 3:46.60 (42.74)
4:20.40 (33.80) 4:52.73 (32.33)
14 Hawley, Claire 20 Penn State Unive 4:56.11 4:54.95T 818
r:+0.69 31.18 1:06.63 (35.45)
1:46.34 (39.71) 2:24.64 (38.30)
3:07.21 (42.57) 3:50.27 (43.06)
4:23.17 (32.90) 4:54.95 (31.78)
15 Pendleton, Beth 22 Wisconsin Aquati 4:56.28 4:56.30 807
r:+0.86 30.41 1:05.86 (35.45)
1:43.45 (37.59) 2:20.94 (37.49)
3:04.12 (43.18) 3:48.34 (44.22)
4:22.38 (34.04) 4:56.30 (33.92)
16 Dunnigan, Amand 17 North Baltimore 4:55.81 4:56.60 804
r:+0.89 32.59 1:08.92 (36.33)
1:47.91 (38.99) 2:25.39 (37.48)
3:07.47 (42.08) 3:49.78 (42.31)
4:23.53 (33.75) 4:56.60 (33.07)

=== C – Final ===

17 Smith, Kirsten 15 Marlins of Ralei 4:56.59 4:51.73T 845
r:+0.73 31.42 1:07.97 (36.55)
1:45.48 (37.51) 2:22.76 (37.28)
3:04.24 (41.48) 3:45.52 (41.28)
4:18.81 (33.29) 4:51.73 (32.92)
18 McCann, Katie 21 U of Florida/Mag 4:58.35 4:53.88T 827
r:+0.78 30.88 1:06.12 (35.24)
1:42.43 (36.31) 2:18.73 (36.30)
3:02.10 (43.37) 3:46.71 (44.61)
4:20.97 (34.26) 4:53.88 (32.91)
19 Mueller, Justin 18 U. Of Michigan/S 4:56.88 4:54.40T 822
r:+0.77 30.83 1:06.10 (35.27)
1:45.10 (39.00) 2:23.78 (38.68)
3:03.78 (40.00) 3:45.32 (41.54)
4:20.86 (35.54) 4:54.40 (33.54)
20 Rodriquez, Jess 14 Mission Aurora C 4:58.27 4:55.17T 816
r:+0.84 31.41 1:07.40 (35.99)
1:45.02 (37.62) 2:22.20 (37.18)
3:05.30 (43.10) 3:49.20 (43.90)
4:23.18 (33.98) 4:55.17 (31.99)
21 Shaw, Elizabeth 16 Nova of Virginia 4:58.61 4:57.85 794
r:+0.76 30.69 1:05.08 (34.39)
1:43.76 (38.68) 2:21.39 (37.63)
3:05.09 (43.70) 3:49.30 (44.21)
4:24.21 (34.91) 4:57.85 (33.64)
22 Palera, Megan 19 Penn State Unive 4:57.40 4:57.86 794
r:+0.92 31.89 1:08.56 (36.67)
1:46.98 (38.42) 2:24.64 (37.66)
3:07.96 (43.32) 3:51.77 (43.81)
4:25.01 (33.24) 4:57.86 (32.85)
23 Morris, Kailey 17 Big Cat Aquatics 4:57.97 4:59.57 781
r:+0.74 31.11 1:05.85 (34.74)
1:44.55 (38.70) 2:22.42 (37.87)
3:07.06 (44.64) 3:52.55 (45.49)
4:26.82 (34.27) 4:59.57 (32.75)
24 Stupp, Julie 19 Parkway/Auburn 4:58.31 5:01.88 763
r:+0.74 31.20 1:07.23 (36.03)
1:46.69 (39.46) 2:25.39 (38.70)
3:09.27 (43.88) 3:53.09 (43.82)
4:27.93 (34.84) 5:01.88 (33.95)

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