Stanford's Kirk Sisters Have Big Day At Olympic Trials Saturday

July 10, 2004

Long Beach, Calif. - Sisters Tara and Dana Kirk had a big day Saturday on the fourth day of the long-course 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials at the Charter All Digital Aquatic Center. Tara Kirk did not compete but was officially named to the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team, based on her second-place performance in the 100 breast on Friday. Kirk's selection is her first on the U.S. Olympic Team, while she also became the first swimmer from Stanford to earn a spot on the 2004 Olympic squad. Dana Kirk captured the semifinals of the 200 fly in a time of 2:09.36 to earn the top seed for the finals of the event on Sunday.

First-place finishers in each event at the Trials automatically earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic Team, while second-place finishers can be added throughout the week.

'Tara Kirk beat three of the four Olympians she swam against in Friday's 100 breast to make the Olympic Team,' said Stanford head coach Richard Quick. 'It's a huge accomplishment and a real credit to her because she didn't swim her best race but did a wonderful job of finishing.'

Former Stanford swimmer Jenny Thompson, the most decorated women's swimmer in the history of the Olympics with eight gold medals from the three previous U.S. Olympic Teams, was second in the 100 fly (58.98) on the opening day of the Trials on Wednesday and is looking to make her fourth consecutive Olympic Team.

Current Stanford swimmer Kristen Caverly was fourth in the finals of the 200 IM on Saturday after finishing the course in a career-best time of 2:14.52. Caverly was also third in the 400 IM finals on the opening day of the Trials on Wednesday.

Former Stanford swimmer Misty Hyman, the defending 200 fly Olympic champion, qualified for Sunday's finals in the event by finishing sixth in Saturday's semis with a time of 2:11.79. Hyman had won the 200 fly prelims earlier in the day, clocking in at 2:12.12 to edge second-place Dana Kirk (2:12.48). Current Stanford swimmer Laura Davis was 35th in the prelims of Saturday's 200 fly with a time of 2:18.25.Winners on the women's side on Saturday included 16-year-old Dana Vollmer (200 free, 1:59.20) and 15-year-old Katie Hoff (2:12.06).

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), Ashley 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 Jessica Foschi (200 free, 400 free, 200 IM); 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) and Thompson (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly).

The entire 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.

The 2004 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will air on a same-day tape-delayed basis on NBC from 8-9 pm, PT. A wrap-up of the entire event will also be shown tape-delayed on Sunday, July 18 (10 am - 12 pm, PT).

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