Kirk Sisters Highlight Stanford Performances At 2005 Summer Senior Nationals Saturday

Aug. 6, 2005

Irvine, Calif. - A second-place finish in the 100 fly by current Stanford swimmer Dana Kirk (2005-06 senior) and a third-place showing in the 100 breast by her sister and former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (2000-04) highlighted performances by Stanford affiliates Saturday at the 2005 ConocoPhillips Summer Senior National Championships. Brooke Bishop also made the 'A' finals in the 100 back, finishing fourth.

Dana Kirk checked in with a time of 59.31 to finish second behind 100 fly winner Elaine Breeden of Wildcat Aquatics (59.20). Tara Kirk's time in the 100 breast was 1:08.57 with Jessica Hardy of Irvine Novaquatics winning the event in 1:07.45. Bishop clocked a 1:03.90 as Helen Silver of California Aquatics captured the race in 1:02.64.

Bishop (57.13) and Dana Kirk (58.16) also swam the first and third legs for a Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics 400 free relay team that finished seventh in a time of 3:51.56. California Aquatics won the event in a time of 3:44.99 with a team of Lauren Medina (56.78), Lauren Andrews (56.90), Erin Reilly (56.06) and Emily Silver (55.25).

All three of Stanford's finalists were competing for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics.

Brittany Reimer of Canada/SKSC was the other winner on Saturday, taking the 400 free in 4:10.13.

Other Stanford associates competing on included Andrea Axtell (Longhorn Aquatics, 2005-06 freshman), Laura Davis (Terrapins Swim Team, 2005-06 senior), Elizabeth Durot (Dynamo Swim Club, 2005-06 sophomore), Morgan Hentzen (Industry Hills Aquatics, 2005-06 junior), Fionna O'Donnell-McCarthy (Lake Erie Silver Dolphins, 2005-06 freshman), Alexa Merz (Westside Aquatics, 2005-06 freshman), Caroline Rodriguez (Rockwood-OZ, 2005-06 sophomore) and Desiree Stahley (2005-06 junior, Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics).

Individually, Hentzen was a 'B' finalist and 14th-place overall finisher in the 400 free (4:17.96), while Axtell won the 'C' finals and finished 17th overall in the 100 back (1:03.89).

Bishop (100 fly, 25th, 1:02.24), Durot (400 free, 31st, 4:21.10), Stahley (400 free, 54th, 4:24.42) and Axtell (100 fly, 84th, 1:04.56) added preliminary efforts.

Several Stanford affiliates also were members of other 400 free relay teams. O'Donnell-McCarty swam the third leg (58.35) for the ninth-place Lake Erie Silver Dolphins squad (3:53.08). Durot picked up the second stanza (58.56) for a 10th-place Dynamo Swim Club (3:53.49). Davis was third (58.66) on a 12th-place Terrapins Swim Team relay (3:53.54). Axtell swam third (58.19) for a 13th-place Longhorn Aquatics team (3:54.07). Merz anchored (59.67) 35th-place Westside Aquatics (4:00.32), while Stahley (59.75) led off a Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics 48th-place team (4:04.95).

The five-day long-course meters meet that began Tuesday at the William J. Woollett Aquatic Center will continue with the fifth and final day of action Sunday. Heats start at 9:30 am, PT, while the Sunday evening finals session that will wrap up the meet is scheduled to begin at 6:30 pm, PT.

Stanford head coach Richard Quick, who announced his retirement effective at the end of the 2005 summer season on April 19, 2005, will be coaching in his final meet. Quick has spent the last 17 seasons as Stanford's head coach and the past 29 campaigns as a collegiate head coach, winning 12 NCAA titles with the final seven coming at Stanford.

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