Tara Kirk Takes 100 Breast Bronze At FINA World Championships

July 26, 2005

Montreal, Canada - Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (2000-04) took the bronze medal in the finals of the 100 meter breast at the 2005 FINA World Championships on Tuesday evening. Australia's Leisel Jones, the bronze medal winner of the event at the 2004 Olympics, won the long-course meters event with a time of 1:06.25. Jones just edged the time of 1:06.62 posted by American Jessica Hardy, who led most of the race before Jones overtook her in the final 10 meters. Kirk finished in 1:07.43.

Hardy had qualified as the top seed for Tuesday's finals when she broke the world record with a time 1:06.20.

'I think both of us would have liked to get the gold,' said Kirk. 'But, I am really happy to have a medal.'

'I'm really proud of Tara Kirk's performance against some incredible competition,' added Richard Quick, who is retiring as Stanford's head coach at the end of the 2005 summer schedule and has continued to coach Kirk in her post-collegiate career.

The eight-day meet began on July 24 and continues through July 31.

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