Tara Kirk Highlights Big Day For Stanford At World Championship Trials

April 5, 2005

Indianapolis, Ind. - Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk highlighted a big day for Stanford associates when she captured the 200 breast on the fifth day of the long-course meters 2005 World Championship Trials being held at the IU Natatorium. Kirk, a nine-time NCAA champion at Stanford as a collegiate swimmer from 2000-04, turned in a time of 2:26.64 to complete a sweep of the breaststroke events at the meet. The victories have earned Kirk, who is representing Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics at the event, a spot on the 2005 World Championships Team.

'What Tara Kirk has done here at the World Championship Trials really puts her in good position for the next three years,' said Stanford head women's swimming coach Richard Quick in reference to the 2008 Olympics. 'I'm so proud of what she has accomplished this year.'

Current Stanford swimmers Kristen Caverly and Caroline Bruce swam alongside Kirk in Tuesday's race with Caverly taking second-place in a personal-best time of 2:27.31 to also earn a spot on the World Championships Team. Bruce finished fifth in 2:31.38 and has earned a place on the World University Games Team.

'I'm very proud of all three,' said Quick about the trio. 'It's obviously really good for Stanford and says something about our program when we have three of the top five finishers in a single event at a meet like the World Championship Trials.'

Brooke Bishop, a freshman at Stanford in 2004-05, also competed on Tuesday in the 100 free with a 33rd-place showing in a time of 57.54.

California Aquatics' Natalie Coughlin (100 free, 54.76) and Kate Ziegler (800 free, 8:34.83) of The Fish were the other winners on the women's side of the meet Tuesday.

The six-day event is scheduled to conclude Wednesday with a 1500 free timed final. Lauren Costella and Desiree Stahley are slated to compete for Stanford.

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