Kirk And Thompson Come Up Big For Team USA At Olympics Friday

Aug. 20, 2004

Athens, Greece - Jenny Thompson (1991-95 at Stanford) and Tara Kirk (2000-04 at Stanford) came up with big performances for Team USA in women's swimming competition at the Olympics on Friday. Thompson earned a spot in Saturday's 50 free finals by tying for seventh overall in the semifinals with a time of 25.17. Thompson had earned a place in the semifinals by taking 11th during the heats earlier in the day with a 25.50 mark. Inge De Bruijn of the Netherlands will be the top seed in Saturday's finals after clocking in at 24.56 in Friday's semis.

Thompson will have an opportunity to break two Olympic swimming records on Saturday as she heads into her two events currently tied for both total Olympic swimming medals (11) and gold Olympic swimming medals (8).

Kirk swam the fastest breaststroke leg of the day in the first heat of the women's 4x100 medley relay on Friday. Her blistering time of 1:07.08 helped the American team post the second-best qualifying mark (4:02.82) for the finals of the event to be held on the last day of Olympic swimming competition Saturday. Australia will go into Saturday's finals as the top qualifier after posting a 4:01.17 in the second heat Friday. Kirk, who is expected to give way to Amanda Beard as the U.S. breaststroker in the finals of the event, will still receive her first Olympic medal if the Americans finish in the top three on Saturday. Thompson is expected to swim the butterfly leg in the finals of the event.
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