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Kirk, Giovanni come away with medals; Adrian’s time changed

May 5th, 2014 by Annette Griffus

Dana Kirk, a Bremerton native and 2004 Olympian, won the 50-yard butterfly Sunday at the U.S. Masters Spring National Championships in Santa Clara, Calif.

Kirk finished in 24.97 seconds in the 25-29 age division, just off the national age-group record of 24.41 by Tanica Jamison in 2010. Kirk had an impressive weekend, placing first in the 100 individual medley, the 50 and 100 fly and third in the 50 and 100 free.

Dr. Melissa Giovanni, a CK graduate, proudly shows off the medal haul from the US Masters Spring National Championships last weekend in Santa Clara, Calif. (Contributed photo)

Dr. Melissa Giovanni, a CK graduate, proudly shows off the medal haul from the US Masters Spring National Championships last weekend in Santa Clara, Calif.
(Contributed photo)

Dr. Melissa Giovanni, a graduate of Central Kitsap and former member of Olympic Aquatic Club in Bremerton, earned six top-10 medals at the nationals during her three days of competition. Giovanni finished fourth in the 400 individual medley in 5 minutes, 12.0 seconds in the 30-34 age division. She also placed fifth in the 1,000 freestyle (11:27.21), sixth in the 200 free (2:03.24), seventh in the 50 free (25.82 seconds) and eighth in the 500 free (5:37.42). Giovanni also placed in four relays.

Also, Masters swimming clarified Nathan Adrian’s time in the 100 free on Saturday as 41.13. It’s still a national age-group record. USMS announced a timing error had recorded his time at 41.08.

One more thing, check out this great clip of Nathan talking about his 92-year-old teammate.

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