Kaitlin Sandeno

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Kaitlin Sandeno
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Personal information
Full name Kaitlin Shea Sandeno
Nationality  United States
Born (1983-03-13) March 13, 1983 (age 31)
Mission Viejo, California
Height 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Weight 119 lb (54 kg)
Sport Swimming
Stroke(s) Individual medley, freestyle, butterfly
College team University of Southern California

Kaitlin Shea Sandeno (born March 13, 1983) is an American former competition swimmer who is an Olympic gold medalist, world champion and former world record-holder. Sandeno was a member of the American team that set a new world record in the 4x200-meter freestyle relay at the 2004 Summer Olympics.[4]


At the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, Sandeno won the bronze medal in the 800 m freestyle[5] event, along with 4th place in the 400 m individual medley (IM) and 6th place in the 200 m butterfly. In 2003, while enrolled at the University of Southern California, she won the US national championship in the 200m butterfly, 200 m IM, and 400 m IM events.

The 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece saw Sandeno win three more Olympic medals: a silver medal in the 400 m IM, a bronze medal in the 400 m freestyle, and a gold medal in the 4x200 m freestyle relay. The American team of Natalie Coughlin, Carly Piper, Dana Vollmer, and Sandeno also broke the seventeen-year-old world record (previously held by East Germany) by more than two seconds with their victory in the 4x200 m freestyle relay.

After failing to qualify for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team, Sandeno announced her retirement. She is currently looking to start a new career in sports broadcasting. As of May 2010, Sandeno has joined with Think Physical Therapy and started a venture called Swim Tank where she will do stroke analysis for swimmers. For the 2010 Southern California Swim Season, Sandeno was an assistant swim coach at Mater Dei High School, a private catholic high school in Santa Ana, California. As a high school student, Sandeno attended a public high school in Lake Forest.

In 2014, Sandeno called the swimming races at the Youth Olympics on NBC.[6]


At a younger age, Sandeno swam for the Nellie Gail Saddleback Valley Gators in Orange County, California, coached by Vic and Renee Riggs. She swam as one of the top competitors in freestyle events, and helped the Gator team.

Sandeno attended El Toro High School in Lake Forest, CA and was on the El Toro High School Swim Team.

In September, 2008, Sandeno teamed up with Anna Kournikova and Katya Myers to win the female celebrity category of the 2008 Malibu Triathlon.

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  1. ^ "Montreal 2005 Results". Archived from the original on 2007-01-28. Retrieved 2007-06-09. 
  2. ^ a b "7th FINA World Championships - 25m Indianapolis 2004". Archived from the original on 2007-09-26. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  3. ^ "Shanghai 2006 results". Archived from the original on 2007-03-06. Retrieved 2007-07-24. 
  4. ^ "2004 Olympic Games swimming results". CNN. Retrieved 2007-07-22. 
  5. ^ "ESPN Sydney Swimming". Retrieved 2009-03-14. 
  6. ^ "NBC Olympics, Universal Sports announce Youth Olympics coverage". Retrieved 2014-09-28.