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U.S. women break 17-year-old record

Updated: August 21, 2004, 5:56 AM ET
By Carrie Sheinberg | Special to ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- Finally, for one night, the waves died down. For one night, the mist cleared. And for one night, the U.S. women's swim team owned the spotlight.

Swimming in the wake of the Michael Phelps armada for the past week, Kaitlin Sandeno and Natalie Coughlin have been quietly collecting medals of their own. There were few who noticed. But Wednesday night, without a final for Phelps to swim in, all eyes were on the U.S. women's 4x200 freestyle relay team.

With nothing ...

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