Lauren Costella Third In 1500 Free On Final Day Of World Championship Trials

April 6, 2005

Indianapolis, Ind. - Current Stanford swimmer Lauren Costella finished third in the 1500 free (16:44.22) Wednesday on the sixth and final day of the long-course meters 2005 World Championship Trials held at the IU Natatorium. Desiree Stahley also placed 20th in the event with a time of 17:20.88.

Kate Ziegler of The Fish won Wednesday's lone event in a time of 16:26.59.

Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (2000-04) highlighted the performances by Stanford associates at the meet by sweeping the 100 and 200 breaststroke events to make the World Championships Team, while current Cardinal Kristen Caverly's second-place showing behind Kirk also put her on the squad.

Caroline Bruce, a freshman at Stanford in 2004-05, qualified for the World University Games Team.

Caverly was Stanford's top finisher on the individual scores list for the meet, ranking tied for sixth with 47. Other Stanford associates that scored included Tara Kirk (12th, 40), Bruce (13th, 38), Costella (41st-T, 21) and Dana Kirk (68th-T, 11).

Current Cardinal swimmer Brooke Bishop also competed at the meet but did not score.

The 2005 World Championships will take place July 17-31 in Montreal, Canada, while the 2005 World University Games will be held August 11-21 in Izmir, Turkey.

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