Tara Kirk Takes Third And Fifth In 100 And 200 Breast At Duel In The Pool

April 6, 2003

Indianapolis, Ind. - Tara Kirk finished third in the 100 and fifth in the 200 meter breast at the 2003 Mutual of Omaha Duel In The Pool between the United States and Australian national teams Sunday at the Indiana University Natatorium. The USA team defeated the Australian squad, 196-74, and captured 21 of the 26 events. Kirk finished the 100 in 1:08.90 and clocked in at 2:32.56 in the 200. Amanda Beard of the United States won both the 100 (1:08.17) and 200 (2:25.77).

'I had a good season in collegiate, national and international competition,' said Kirk, who plans on taking a short break before beginning to train for July's 2003 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. 'I would have liked to have swum my best times at the NCAA Championships but winning both the 100 and 200 breast was still great and winning my first USA Swimming national title in the 100 breast this week was the icing on the cake.'

Former Stanford swimmer Jenny Thompson came from behind in the anchor leg of the 400 meter free relay to give the USA a victory in the first event of today's Duel In The Pool. The American team of Lindsay Benko, Natalie Coughlin, Rhi Jeffrey and Thompson set a new U.S. Open record with a time of 3:38.95.

'I knew it would be great to start off with a win,' said Thompson, who had a team-best split of 53.88. 'I don't know where that swim came from. It was one of my fastest splits ever. I just wanted to get my hand on the wall first and win for my team. I was just happy my body obliged.'

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