Tara Kirk Wins 100 Breast Gold At Short Course Worlds

April 8, 2006

Shanghai - Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (2000-04) captured the gold medal in the 100 breast at the Short Course World Championships on Saturday, marking her first individual gold since winning the 50 meter breast at the World University Games in 2001. Kirk's time of 1:05.25 set a new Championship record.

'I haven't heard that song played just for me in a really long time, so it was great to hear our national anthem while I stood on the podium,' said Kirk. 'I've been looking for a win like this for a long time, and I finally got it, so I'm pretty excited.'

'It's great to do it in front of a Chinese crowd,' she continued. 'I'm half Chinese, so it was really special for me to win gold at this meet. I'm looking forward to hopefully doing it again in Beijing (in 2008).'

'Tara's swim was fantastic,' added Mike DeBoor, women's head coach. 'I think that performance really showed her maturity and leadership. Hopefully that will lead into one more good night tomorrow to end the meet on a positive note. The kids have really swam well overall, and we've had some strong performances this week.'

Kirk had already been part of a U.S. silver medal 400 medley relay team (3:55.65) on Friday and was fourth in the 50 breast (30.61) on Thursday.

Quotes courtesy of USA Swimming

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