Kirk, Baumgartner And Rose Compete At National Championships

Aug. 13, 2002

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. - Current Stanford swimmers Tara Kirk and Megan Baumgartner, as well as former Cardinal standout Gabrielle Rose highlighted performances by Stanford affiliates competing on the second day of the 2002 Phillips 66 National Championships on Tuesday. Current California swimmer Natalie Coughlin (California Aquatics) had the top effort of the day, breaking the world record in the 100 meter back by becoming the first woman to ever swim the event in under a minute with a time of 59.58.

Kirk (MetWest Stanford), a two-time NCAA champion and American record holder in the 100 yard breaststroke, finished fifth in the 100 meter breaststroke with a time of 1:09.03. Kristy Kowal (Athens Bulldogs) won a close race (1:08.53, 1:08.52 prelims) as the top five competitors all finished within 0.50 seconds of the winner.

Rose (Novaquatics, Inc.), who completed her collegiate eligibility at Stanford in 2000, placed a close second in the 200 meter individual medley (2:14.26), just 0.19 seconds behind event winner Maggie Bowen (Auburn Aquatics, 2:14.07).

Baumgartner (MetWest Stanford) finished 72nd in the 100 meter back with a time of 1:07.13.

Diana Munz (Lake Erie Silver Dolphins) won the other event of the day, recording a 4:08.43 in the 400 meter free.

The Met West Stanford National Training Center team sits in a tie for 26th place with 14 points after two days of competition at the 2002 Phillips 66 National Championships. The event will continue through Saturday, August 17. Full results and more information are available at usa-swimming.org .

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