Tara Kirk And Kristen Caverly Qualify For 200 Breast Finals At FINA World Championships

July 29, 2005

Montreal, Canada - Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (2000-04) and current Stanford swimmer Kristen Caverly (2005-06 senior) both earned spots in the finals of the 200 meter breast with their performances in the heats and semifinals of the event at the 2005 FINA World Championships on Thursday. Kirk, who got the last spot in the semifinals with a 16th-place showing in the heats, rebounded to take fourth in the finals with a time of 2:27.31. Caverly swam the semifinals in a 2:28.82 mark for the eighth and final spot in Friday evening's finals.

'I wasn't expecting to be that fast,' Kirk told USA Swimming after the semifinals. 'I had a very difficult preparation, training at home, training in a different city, and getting my workouts in different places each day, so it was kind of a puzzle I tried to put together.'

Kristen Caverly picked up a spot in the finals of the 200 meter breast at the 2005 FINA World Championships with her eighth-place semifinal finish Thursday

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

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