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Sandeno Swims Way to Some Redemption

She defeats Klochkova in 200 individual medley at Mission Viejo meet to avenge runner-up finish to Ukrainian star in the 400 at the Olympics.

June 20, 2005|Jonathan Abrams | Times Staff Writer

It wasn't the Olympics, but Kaitlin Sandeno still exacted some revenge from Yana Klochkova on Sunday at the final day of the TYR Swim Meet of Champions at Mission Viejo.

Sandeno, who was runner-up to Klochkova in the 400 individual medley at the 2004 Olympics, defeated Klochkova in the 200 medley with a time of 2:16.46. Klochkova finished third in 2:18.96, and Maiko Fujino of Japan was second in 2:16.80.

"It's always great to beat great competitors," said Sandeno, who won four of her six finals at the four-day meet. "I focus on myself when I'm swimming, but I'm still really competitive."

Sandeno, a senior at USC, led early in the race, but Fujino passed her in the third-leg breaststroke. She used a surge in the last 15 meters of the freestyle to go ahead.

"I saw her [Fujino] out the corner of my eye charging fast in lane six," Sandeno said. "I knew I had to give it my all in the freestyle."

Sandeno was the women's top scorer with 108 points. Emily Mason, of Ford Aquatics, finished second with 104.

Justin Mortimer, who raced in five finals, led the men with 90 points, and Takeshi Matsuda was second with 77.

Mortimer finished second in 15:25.68 to Matsuda's 15:24.31 in the 1500 freestyle. He caught Matsuda, who led for most of the race, with 100 meters to go, but couldn't pass him in the last portion.

"My plan was to build the race slowly and catch up on the way," Mortimer said. "I did my best to race him. He's a great competitor."

Larsen Jensen, who holds the second-fastest time in the 1500 freestyle, came in fourth in 15:34.50.

Lyndon Ferns, a member of South Africa's 400 freestyle relay team that won the gold medal in the 2004 Olympics, set a meet record in the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.75. The previous mark of 53.79 had been set by Takashi Yamamoto in 2002.

"It's good to end with a win," he said. "I'm coming off a rest, and this was a good base time."

Jessica Hardy, a Long Beach Wilson graduate and UC Berkeley recruit, won the women's 100 backstroke in 1:09.46, and Ai Shibata set a meet record of 16:21.36 in the 1500 freestyle. The time was the fifth-fastest this year.

Japanese team member Genki Imamura set a meet standard in the men's 100 backstroke.

Imamura touched in 1:01.66. The previous record of 1:02.43 had been established by Akira Hayashi in 2000.

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