Tara Kirk Breaks American Record In 100 Breast At Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 28, 2003

Federal Way, Wash. - Stanford's Tara Kirk broke her own American record in the 100 breast (58.41) and defending champion Stanford remained in second-place and in striking distance of leader UCLA on the second day of competition at the 2003 Pac-10 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center. Kirk extended her unbeaten collegiate winning streak to 26 in a row in the 100 breast and also played a role in Stanford's other victory on Friday by swimming the breaststroke leg on the Cardinal's winning 200 medley relay team that also featured Amy Wagner, Dana Kirk and Sarah Jones. The relay squad won the event in an NCAA 'A' qualifying and season-best mark of 1:38.80.

'Tara Kirk had nearly a perfect swim,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick on her American record. 'She looked like a million dollars.'

UCLA enters Saturday's final seven events with 930.5 points, followed by Stanford (921). USC (728), Arizona (675) and California (662) to round out the top five. Arizona State (519), Washington (393.5), Oregon State (338) and Washington State (207) are in sixth through ninth places.

California's Natalie Coughlin set a new Pac-10 meet record of 51.10 to win the 100 fly. USC's Kaitlin Sandeno won the 400 yard IM (4:09.14), while Washington's Kim Harada (200 free, 1:46.87) and Arizona's Beth Botsford (100 back, 53.21) won the other two swimming events contested. All the individual event victories met the NCAA 'A' qualifying standard.

USC won the 800 free relay in a time of 7:12.49 with a team of Jana Krohn, Margie Pedder,Michala Kwasny and Kaitlin Sandeno.

USC's Blythe Hartley won her second diving competition in as many days by scoring 606.20 points in the three-meter competition.

Wagner (100 back, second-place, 54.09) and Dana Kirk (100 fly, third-place (53.32) both recorded new NCAA 'A' marks as Stanford's top finishers in their respective events as did Jones in the prelims of the 100 back, 54.83) before eventually finishing eighth in the event.

Stanford's other top individual event finishers included Kristen Caverly (400 IM, third-place, 4:11.89, NCAA 'A' mark), Tami Ransom (200 free, 22nd-place, 1:51.75) and Ashlee Rosenthal (three-meter diving, 507.35 points). Stanford finished sixth in the 800 free relay in a season-best time of 7:20.97 with a team of Dana Kirk, Lacey Boutwell, Ashley Daly and Tami Ransom.

The 2003 Women's Swimming and Diving Championships conclude on Saturday. Preliminaries begin at 11:00 am, with finals starting at 6:00 pm. The seven events contested to be contested on Friday will include the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and 400 free relay.

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