Tara Kirk Fourth In 50 Breast On Final Day Of FINA World Championships

July 31, 2005

Montreal, Canada - Former Stanford swimmer Tara Kirk (2000-04) concluded the 2005 FINA World Championships on Sunday by taking fourth in the finals of the 50 breast in a time of 31.38. Australia's Jade Edmistone won the event with a world record time of 30.45.

Kirk won a pair of medals earlier in the eight-day long-course meters meet that wrapped up on Sunday.

She picked up the bronze medal in the 100 breast last Tuesday with a time of 1:07.43.

She was also awarded a silver medal after contributing the breaststroke leg (1:07.94) during heat competition Saturday for a United States 4x100 medley relay team (4:04.43) that qualified second for the finals in the event. Kirk did not swim in the finals but an American squad earned a silver with a time of 3:59.92.

Kirk also participated in the 200 breast along with current Stanford swimmer Kristen Caverly (2005-06 senior) as the Stanford affiliates ended up tying for sixth with identical times of 2:28.60 in the finals of the event.

Kirk also set a new personal-best during the semifinals of the 50 breast on Saturday, recording a time of 31.26.

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