Dana Kirk Wins 200 Fly At Trials To Earn Spot On U.S. Olympic Team

July 11, 2004

Long Beach, Calif. - Current Stanford swimmer Dana Kirk won the 200 fly in the only finals competition contested Sunday at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials to earn a spot on her first U.S. Olympic Team and join her sister, Tara. The Kirks became the first sisters ever to earn a spot on the same Olympic Team. Dana Kirk covered the long-course meters event at the Charter All Digital Center in a time of 2:08.86 on Sunday, easily outdistancing second-place Kaitlin Sandeno of USC (2:09.94). Tara Kirk was named to the team on Saturday after finishing second in Friday's 100 breast.

Tara Kirk had another big day on Sunday as well, finishing second in the semifinals of the 200 breast in a personal-best time of 2:26.25 to qualify for the finals of the event on Monday. Kirk finished behind Amanda Beard, who clocked in at 2:23.32 to set a new U.S. Open mark. Current Stanford swimmer Kristen Caverly will also be in Monday's finals after taking fifth in the semis with a personal-best mark of 2:28.80. Caverly's appearance in the finals of the 200 breast will be her third finals appearance of the meet. She was fourth in the finals of the 200 IM on Saturday, finishing the course in a career-best time of 2:14.52, and third in the 400 IM finals on Wednesday.

First-place finishers in each event at the Trials automatically earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, while second-place finishers can be added throughout the Trials. The entire 26-member U.S. Olympic Women's Swimming Team will be officially named on July 15, one day after the conclusion of the Trials that run through July 14.

Misty Hyman was the only other swimmer associated with Stanford to swim in a final on Sunday, taking eighth in the 200 fly with a time of 2:13.34.

Former Stanford swimmers Jenny Thompson and Gabrielle Rose both earned a spot in Monday's 100 free finals by taking third and fifth, respectively in the semifinals of the event on Sunday. Thompson clocked in at 54.94, while Rose's time was 55.42. Former Stanford swimmer Shelly Ripple-Johnston was 18th in the prelims of the 100 free with a time of 56.88, while current Stanford swimmer Lacey Boutwell was 21st in 56.99. Current Stanford swimmer Laura Davis was 40th in the prelims of the 200 breast in 2:39.68.

Thompson, the most decorated women's swimmer in the history of the Olympics with eight gold medals from the three previous Olympic Games, was second in the 100 fly (58.98) on the opening day of the Trials last Wednesday and is looking to make her fourth consecutive Olympic squad.

Current Stanford swimmers that have competed or are scheduled to participate in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials include Boutwell (100 fly, 50 free, 100 free); Caverly (400 IM, 200 IM, 200 breast), Lauren Costella (400 free, 400 IM), Ashley Daly (100 fly, 200 IM); Davis (100 fly, 200 fly, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM); Kirsten Gilbert (100 breast); Morgan Hentzen (400 free, 800 free) and Dana Kirk (100 fly, 200 fly).

Former Stanford swimmers that have competed or are scheduled to participate in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials include Jessica Foschi (200 free, 400 free, 200 IM); Hyman (100 fly, 200 fly, 100 back, 200 back); Tara Kirk (100 breast, 200 breast); Ripple Johnston (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, 200 IM); Rose (100 free) and Thompson (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly).

The 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials action from Sunday aired on a same-day tape-delayed basis on NBC (8-9 pm, PT). A wrap-up of the entire event will also be shown tape-delayed on NBC on Sunday, July 18 (10 am - 12 pm, PT).

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