Tara Kirk Places Third In 100 Breast Semifinals At World Championships

July 26, 2005

Montreal, Canada - Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (2000-04) placed third in the semifinals of the 100 meter breast at the 2005 FINA World Championships on Monday evening. Fellow American Jessica Hardy set the long-course meters world record in the event by winning the semifinal in a time of 1:06.20. Former world record holder Leisel Jones, the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist in the event, was second in a time of 1:06.93. Kirk's time of 1:07.20 was just nine-hundredths of a second shy of her personal-best time of 1:07.11 recorded earlier this year at the 2005 U.S. World Championship Trials.

The three swimmers are among eight that will compete in the finals of the event on Tuesday evening.

The eight-day meet began on July 24 and continues through July 31.

• 2005 FINA World Championships

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