Busy Saturday For Thompson And Kirk At 2003 World Championships
July 26, 2003
Barcelona, Spain - Former Stanford swimmer Jenny Thompson (1991-95) and current Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (senior in 2003-04) had busy days at the 10th FINA World Championships on Saturday at the Palau Saint Jordi. Thompson, the most decorated American in World Championships history, won her 13th career World Championships medal and her fourth this year by earning a silver in the 50 meter fly with a time of 26.00. Thompson also qualified for the 50 meter free final on Sunday's final day of competition by taking third in both Saturday's semifinals (25.09) and heats (25.27).
Kirk qualified for Sunday's finals in the 50 meter breast by finishing fifth in the semis (31.40) after recording a time of 31.81 in the heats (also fifth overall). In addition, Kirk contributed to the U.S.A.'s silver medal 4x100 medley relay team by swimming the breast leg (1:08.11) in the heats to help the Americans record a time of 4:04.06 that seeded the U.S. first for the finals. China was able to post a meet record (3:59.89) and beat an American team without Kirk that recorded a 4:00.83 in the finals.
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