Tara Kirk Qualifies For 50 Breast Finals At FINA World Championships

July 30, 2005

Montreal, Canada - Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (2000-04) continued a productive 2005 FINA World Championships on Saturday. Kirk was fourth in the semifinals of the 50 breast with a personal-best mark of 31.26 that earned her a spot in the finals of the event. Kirk had made the semis by swimming 31.71 earlier in the day to finish sixth overall in heat competition.

She also contributed the breaststroke leg of a United States' 4x100 medley relay team that qualified second to Australia for the finals. Kirk clocked in at 1:07.94 during her 100 breaststroke leg of the relay. Jeri Moss's 1:02.26 freestyle led off the Americans, followed by Kirk, Mary DeScenza (58.63, 100 fly) and Lacey Nymeyer (55.36, 100 free) as Team USA finished with an overall time of 4:04.43.

The eight-day long-course meet began on July 24 and concludes Sunday when the finals for both the 50 breast and the 4x100 medley relay are scheduled to be contested.

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