Tara Kirk Named One Of Five Finalists For Collegiate Woman Athlete Of The Year

June 16, 2004

New York, N.Y. - Stanford's Tara Kirk (Bremerton, WA/Bremerton HS) was announced as one of five finalists for the prestigious Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year on Wednesday. The winner of the 28th annual Honda-Broderick Cup will be revealed at a press conference in New York City on Monday (8:00 am, PDT) at the Low Library of Columbia University.

The Collegiate Women Sports Awards are sponsored by American Honda Motor, Co., Inc. The Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year balloting involves all NCAA-member institutions, with nominees selected from among 12 women chosen as the most outstanding in their sports during the school year.

Kirk had been named the nation's Most Outstanding Collegiate Woman Athlete in swimming and diving earlier this year on April 2 to receive a Honda Award. Other Honda winners that were also named as Broderick-Cup finalists Wednesday included Catherine Reddick (North Carolina, soccer); April Ross (USC, volleyball); Diana Taurasi (Connecticut, basketball) and Jessica van der Linden (Florida State, softball).

'It's great to be in the company of all of these amazing student-athletes,' said Kirk. 'The finalists for this award have all done great things in their respective sports.'

'Tara Kirk is a tremendously deserving student-athlete,' added Richard Quick, a three-time Olympic head coach and Kirk's collegiate coach at Stanford. 'We are very excited that she is one of the finalists. It's a tremendous honor and something that she will cherish.'

Kirk, who completed her collegiate eligibility for Stanford at the NCAA Championships in March of 2004, is looking to become the first Stanford student-athlete to win the honor.

Kirk currently holds one world record (100 breast - short course meters) and six American marks (50 breast - short course meters; 100 breast - short course yards; 100 breast - short course meters; 200 breast - short course yards; 200 breast - short course meters; 400 medley relay - short course yards).

She is also Stanford's school record holder in the 100 and 200 yard breast, and a member of the school-record setting 400 yard medley relay team. Kirk won 11 NCAA crowns during her collegiate career and earned 16 All-American honors. She became the first women's swimmer to ever win an NCAA title in a breaststroke event for four consecutive years by winning each the national title in each of her collegiate seasons in the 100 breast and finishing her collegiate career with an unbeaten 35-0 record in the event. She also won the 200 breast in each of her final three campaigns and captured her final 19 races collegiately at the distance. She rounded out her NCAA titles by swimming the breaststroke leg on Stanford's winning 200 and 400 yard medley relay teams at both the 2001 and 2002 NCAA Championships. Kirk also added 14 career Pac-10 titles, including three in the 100 yard breast and three in the 200 yard breast.

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