Tara Kirk Takes Second In Olympic Trials 100 Breast Final
July 9, 2004
Long Beach, Calif. - Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk took a close second place in the 100 breast on the third day of the long-course 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Center. Kirk clocked in with a time of 1:07.69 to finish just five-hundredths of a second behind winner and former Arizona swimmer Amanda Beard (1:07.64). Kirk had been the top seed in the finals after winning Thursday's semis in a personal-best 1:07.33.
'Tara raced well enough in the critical moments of the end of the race tonight to jump into second-place,' said Stanford head women's swimming coach Richard Quick. 'She did a wonderful job of finishing.'
Kirk finished just .11 seconds ahead of third-place finisher Megan Quann, the gold medalist in the 100 breast at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.Kirk became the second former Stanford swimmer to finish second in an event at the Trials, following Jenny Thompson's second-place showing in the 100 fly (58.98) on Thursday. First-place finishers in each event at the Trials automatically earn a spot on the United States' Olympic Team, while second-place finishers may be added throughout the week. Thompson is the most decorated women's swimmer in the history of the Olympics, bringing a home a total of eight gold medals as a member of the three previous U.S. Olympic teams. Kirk has never participated in the Games.
Kristen Caverly, who finished third in the 400 IM on the opening day of the Trials on Wednesday, earned another spot in the finals on Friday by taking sixth in the 200 IM semifinals with a personal-best time of 2:15.73.
Former Stanford swimmer Jessica Foschi tied for 30th in the prelims of the 200 free.
Former California swimmer Natalie Coughlin automatically qualified for the U.S. Olympic Team on Friday by winning the 100 back in 1:00.91.
Current Stanford swimmers that have competed or are scheduled to participate in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials include Lacey Boutwell (100 fly, 50 free, 100 free); Caverly (400 IM, 200 IM, 200 breast), Lauren Costella (400 free, 400 IM), Daly (100 fly, 200 IM); Davis (100 fly, 200 fly, 100 breast, 200 breast, 200 IM); Kristen Gilbert (100 breast); Morgan Hentzen (400 free, 800 free) and Dana Kirk (100 fly, 200 fly).
Former Stanford swimmers that have competed or are scheduled to participate in the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials include Foschi (200 free, 400 free, 200 IM); Misty Hyman (100 fly, 200 fly, 100 back, 200 back); Tara Kirk (100 breast, 200 breast); Shelly Ripple Johnston (50 free, 100 free, 200 free, 100 fly, 200 IM); Gabrielle Rose (100 free, 200 free) and Thompson (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly).
The 26-member U.S. Olympic Women's Swimming Team will be chosen on July 15, one day after the conclusion of the event that runs through July 14.
Friday's action from the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials aired on a same-day tape-delayed basis on NBC from 8-9 pm, PT. Action this Sunday, July 11 (8-9 pm, PT) will also air on a same-day tape-delayed format. A wrap-up of the entire event will also be shown tape-delayed on Sunday, July 18 (10 am - 12 pm, PT).