Stanford University announced on Wednesday that Bremerton
Olympian Tara Kirk is one of eight members of its 2015 Hall of
Here’s what her bio says about her induction:
“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).
All right Bremerton, it’s your turn to help out an Olympian and
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
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.”
The University of Michigan won its first NCAA men’s swimming and
diving championship since 1995 on Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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