Kaitlin Sandeno is the second International Swimming League general manager to announce a resignation this week, telling SwimSwam on Thursday that she has left her role with the DC Trident.
Sandeno led the Trident through their first three years of the league’s history, a period that saw great improvement for the team. In year 1, the Trident finished in 3rd place in the American Derby meet, a narrow 7.5 points ahead of New York Breakers, to lock up 6th place position in an 8 team league. That year, the team coined their famous “third is first” chant.
In year 2, the Trident slid to 9th in the expanded 10 team league, but a successful draft, arguably the most-successful in the league (with the #2 pick), shot them up the standings in 2021.
While the Trident were again 9th in the regular season, they won the Playoff play-in match, which was the first meet win in franchise history, and the first time that they advanced to the Playoff round.
They came away 8th in those playoffs, but did manage to beat Iron in the opener of that round.
Sandeno is at least the second ISL general manager to announce their resignation this week after Rob Woodhouse of the London Roar announced his resignation as well.
Woodhouse said that his departure came because he lost “belief in the vision and strategy of the league.”
Like many of the league’s general managers, Sandeno was herself an Olympic medalist. She won gold in the 800 free relay in Athens in 2004, silver in the 400 IM, bronze in the 400 free, and another bronze in the 800 free in Sydney in 2000.
Sandeno has continued to work in swimming after her athletic career ended: besides managing the Trident, she has also worked as the in-house poolside announcer for a number of major USA Swimming events.