Stanford Swimmers On Winning Relay Team At Santa Clara International Meet

June 25, 2005

Santa Clara, Calif. - Three current Stanford swimmers - Desiree Stahley, Brooke Bishop and Dana Kirk - swam the final three legs on a winning Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics 800 free relay team on the third day of action Saturday at the long-course meters 2005 Santa Clara International Meet. Stahley (2:08.48), Bishop (2:05.84) and Kirk (2:07.17) followed Katherine Wong (2:07.60) to give the relay squad a time of 8:29.09.

Kirk will be a senior at Stanford in 2005-06, while Stahley enters her junior season and Bishop will be a sophomore.

Individually, former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (2000-04) had the best performance by a Stanford affiliate with a second-place showing in the 100 breast for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics. Kirk finished the race in a time of 1:08.50 to just be edged out by the meet record 1:08.25 posted by Jessica Hardy of Irvine Novaquatics. Kirk had won the 200 breast a day earlier.

Bishop also appeared in the 'A' finals of the 100 back, finishing sixth with a mark of 1:04.02. Aya Terakawa of Irvine Novaquatics won the race in 1:02.09.

Laura Davis (2005-06 senior) and Dana Kirk both made the 'B' finals of the 400 individual medley captured by Kirsty Coventry of Auburn Aquatics in a time of 4:43.29. Davis was 13th in a time of 4:58.83 while swimming for the Terrapins Swim Team, while Kirk finished 18th with a mark of 5:05.32 after going 5:04.53 in the prelims. Lauren Costella (2005-06 junior) was a 'C' finalist in the event, taking 25th overall in 5:06.85.

Davis also made the 'C' finals of the 100 breast with a 20th-place overall finish (1:15.09).

Elizabeth Durot (2005-06 sophomore) took 28th in the 200 free (2:06.65) swimming for the Dynamo Swim Club, while Stahley was 44th in the event in a time of 2:08.01. The event was won by Natalie Coughlin of California Aquatics in a time of 1:59.97, just shy of the previous meet record of 1:59.83 she set in the prelims.

Prelim and finals action in five individual events (200 fly, 50 free, 200 IM, 200 back, 800 free), as well as finals only competition in the 400 medley relay will take place Sunday at the Santa Clara International Swim Center on the final day of the meet, which is one of four stops on the Grand Prix circuit leading up to the FINA World Championships from July 24-31 in Montreal.

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