Category Archives: NCAA

Bremerton’s Tara Kirk added to Stanford Hall of Fame

Stanford University announced on Wednesday that Bremerton Olympian Tara Kirk is one of eight members of its 2015 Hall of Fame Class.

Here’s what her bio says about her induction:

US Olympic Trials Swimming“Kirk, who won 11 NCAA titles in record-breaking times, became the first swimmer in NCAA history to win a breaststroke event for four consecutive years in the 100-yard breaststroke. She swam breaststroke leg on Stanford’s winning 200 and 400 yard medley relay teams in 2001 and 2002 in addition to her seven NCAA individual crowns from 2001 to 2004. Kirk also won 14 Pac-10 titles, was a 17-time All-American and two-time team captain. She held American records in seven different events (five individual and two relay) while at Stanford, holding the American record in the 100 yard breaststroke for 10 years. Kirk was undefeated in all 35 of her college races in the 100 breaststroke and won her final 19 collegiate 200 breaststroke races.

During her senior year, Kirk set a world record in the 100-meter breaststroke (short course), captured the Honda Award, presented to the nation’s Most Outstanding Collegiate Women’s Athlete for swimming and diving, was named the NCAA Swimmer of the Year, and received the Honda-Broderick Cup, presented to the best college female athlete in the country. She has won 15 medals in international competition, including a silver medal in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Her younger sister, Dana Kirk, also a Stanford swimmer, also made the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, and they became the first sisters to swim on the same U.S. Olympic team. Kirk graduated with a BA in human biology and MA in anthropological sciences and was a Rhodes Scholar finalist in 2005. She works as an associate at the UPMC Center for Health Security, where her primary focus is improving public health policy and practice to reduce the impacts of disasters and terrorism.”

The eight inductees will be honored at a private reception and dinner at Bing Concert Hall on Friday, Oct. 16. The class will also be introduced at halftime of Stanford’s football game against UCLA on Thursday, Oct. 15 (7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN).

NCAA approves sprint medley, synchronized diving

On Thursday, the NCAA announced five new rule changes for the 2015-16 men’s and women’s collegiate swimming and diving seasons.

You can read the full story at swimswam.com, but here’s a quick rundown on the major changes;

  • Synchronized diving approved for dual and invitational meets to replace any springboard or platform event.
  • Backstroke starting wedges approved
  • 100 IM approved for inclusion at conference championship meets
  • Removing requirement to separate hands before taking dolphin kick on breaststroke pullout
  • Requirement for allowing strobe lights for deaf or hearing-impaired swimmers.

 

Bremerton, help out an Olympian!

All right Bremerton, it’s your turn to help out an Olympian and native.

Dana Kirk, a 2004 Olympian and Bremerton/Stanford graduate, needs your votes for her swim team, Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics-Dana Kirk Swimming (DKS) in the USA Swimming Go After Your Goals video contest. The video that receives the most votes will win $5,000.

As Dana explains in the video:

“We are a small independent team that competes within the large structure of the PASA (Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics) program. Being financially independent, and not affiliated with a country club or pool, we have to rent lane space at high rates and cannot always afford the luxury of high quality equipment.”

Here’s the link to Dana’s video. Now go vote and vote often!

Michigan wins NCAA men’s title

The University of Michigan won its first NCAA men’s swimming and diving championship since 1995 on Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Michigan held off two-time defending champion California for the win. Arizona was third. The Pac-12 had a strong showing with four teams finishing in the top 10. USC was fourth and Stanford seventh.

Southern California’s, Vlad Morozov swept the 50 and 100-yard freestyle events, broke the NCAA mark in the 100. Morozov, who earned a bronze medal at the London Olympics last year as a member of the 400 freestyle relay, finished in 40.76 seconds. The old record was held by Brazil’s Cesar Cielo from 2008 in 40.92.

Bremerton native, California alum, and Olympic gold medalist, Nathan Adrian, who was in attendance at the meet, still holds the American record of 41.08.

Morozov’s swim was just one of many for the meet; including Cal senior Tom Shields, who tied Michael Phelps 200 butterfly time; Arizona’s Kevin Cordes, who set an American record in the 200 breast in 1:48.68 and was named the Swimmer of the Year; and Andrew Teduits of Wisconsin gave the Badgers their first NCAA title since 1959 with a win in the 200 backstroke. Kristian Ipsen of Stanford was named the Diver of the Year.

In an interesting note, Nathan does have a tie to Michigan. His former coach from The Race Club in the Florida keys, Mike Bottom, is the head coach for the Wolverines. Bottom was named the NCAA coach of the year on Saturday.

Nathan trained with TRC and Bottom for a year leading up to the 2008 Olympic Trials where he qualified for his first Olympics.

Nathan Adrian making appearance at NCAA men’s championship

Bremerton’s Nathan Adrian will be at the NCAA Division I men’s swimming and diving championships, not only to root on his alma mater, California, but also for a meet-and-great with fans through the USA Swimming Foundation.

The free event is Saturday from 4-6 p.m. (Eastern) in Indianapolis at the NCAA Conference Center.

National team director Frank Busch will also be on hand.

Click this link to find out more information.

Cal had a strong showing on the first day of NCAAs Thursday, but the two-time defending champions trail Michigan, 153 to 123.5.

You can read about it here.

 

University of Utah swim coach under investigation

University of Utah swimming coach Greg Winslow is under police investigation for sexual abuse of a 15-year-old girl, but that’s not all claim the swimmers and parents.

In a story by Eric Adelson of Yahoo!Sports Canada, Winslow abused his students for years and the university did nothing about it.

Click here for the link to the story.

 

Weiner betters his time in the mile at Pac-12

Arizona State freshman Brendan Weiner bettered his time in the preliminaries of the 1,650-yard freestyle Wednesday at the Pac-12 men’s swimming and diving championships.

Weiner, a Central Kitsap product, finished the mile in 15 minutes, 50.16 seconds — narrowly missing out on the consolation finals at the King County Aquatics Center in Federal Way — finishing 18th. His seed time was 16:28.95.

Weiner posts strong time at Pac-12

Arizona State freshman Brendan Weiner knocked more than three seconds off his seeding time in the preliminaries of the 200-yard freestyle Tuesday at the Pac-12 men’s swimming and diving championships.
Weiner touched the wall in his heat in one minute, 42.46 seconds at the King County Aquatics Center. His seed time coming into the event was 1:45.96.
Weiner, a Central Kitsap product, will also swim in the 1,650 Wednesday.