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2000 Swim Meet of Champions - Day 2

Jun 24, 2000

"Not here, not in my event, not in my pool" was the self talk going on before Mission Viejos Chad Carvin dominated the Mens 400 meter freestyle in an impressive 3:52.37. The final time was not the only impressive part, but the way he got there in 56.2-58.7-58.7-58.7. Carvin decided that he wanted to leave no doubt in the minds of his competition, a rather impressive field including Erik Vendt, Klete Keller, Mark Warkentin, and Japan Olympians Yota Arase and Masato Hirano that they could come to his house, but they couldn't play his game. Hirano finished about three seconds back in 3:55.20. The Women's 400 was a similar story with Nellie Gail Gators Kaitlin Sandeno chasing Japans Sachiko Yamada until the last 150 meters where Sandeno took the lead and never looked back winning in 4:13.14 to Yamada's 4:14.06.

In the Men's 200 Backstroke, World Record Holder Lenny Krayzelburg not only took down the Pool and Meet Recordsin 1:58.95, but also let the World Ranked Championship Final know that Lenny is clearly in control of his signature event. Irvine's Aaron Peirsol gave his best effort and did make up ground in the last 50, but there wasn't enough pool left to catch Krayzelburg. The Women's 200 backstroke was an impressive 1-2-3 sweep by the always great backstrokers of Japan with Tomoko Hagiwara breaking both the Meet Record she set a year ago as well as the Pool Record in 2:11.27.

Leader changes were the story in the men's 200 butterfly. Japan's Hisayoshi Tanaka looked as if he would dominate the race and make second place the exciting element for the fans until the last 50 where Japan's Takashi Yamamoto and Mission Viejo's Mexican Olympian Juan Veloz came on to finish 1-2 respectively in 2:00.02 and 2:00.16. Another Japan 1-2-3 sweep in the womens 200 fly with Kailin Sandeno taking fourth in a very close final 15 meters. Junko Onishi took the Gold in 2:10.46 with 2nd-4th places all going 2:11's.

Irvine's Jason Lezak won the men's 100 freestyle from lane 8 in the Big Final edging out Phoenix's Anthony Ervin. Lezak took the event in 50.46 with Ervin about a half second behind. Trojan Swimmer Lindsay Benko tried on her new Speedo Sharkskin suit as did Japan's Sumika Minamoto for the women's 100 freestyle. Minamoto outtouched Benko by 11/100ths of a second in 56.70.

Irvine won both the men's and women's 400 freestyles in meet record times.