Former Stanford Swimmer Tark Kirk Wins 100 Breast At World Championship Trials

April 3, 2005

Indianapolis, Ind. - Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (2000-04) qualified for the 2005 World Championships team by winning the 100 breast Sunday on the third day of the long-course meters 2005 World Championship Trials being held at the IU Natatorium. Kirk, competing for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, finished in a personal-best time of 1:07.11 that makes her the second-fastest American of all-time in the event and just .06 shy of the current American record held by Megan Quann (1:07.05). The time also makes her the fifth-fastest performer all-time in the event.

'This was a great accomplishment for Tara Kirk,' said Stanford women's swimming head coach Richard Quick. 'It was a great swim and a great win.'

Current Stanford swimmers Brooke Bishop, Caroline Bruce and Kristen Caverly also competed on Sunday.

Caverly was fourth in the 400 IM (4:44.97), while Bruce finished sixth in the 100 breast (1:10.10) and Bishop took 11th in the 50 free (26.29).

Katie Hoff, a 15-year-old competing for the North Baltimore Aquatic Club, won her third event of the meet by capturing the 400 free in 4:39.25. Kara Lynn Joyce of the Athens Bulldog Swim Club captured the 50 free in 25.17.

The 200 fly and 200 back, as well as heats of the 800 free are scheduled to be contested Monday at the six-day meet which runs through next Wednesday, April 6.

Caverly qualified for the World University Games team on the first day of the meet Friday by finishing fourth in the 200 IM before her fourth-place finish in the 400 IM on Sunday. Lauren Costella and Dana Kirk are also competing for the Cardinal.

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