Dana Kirk Takes 200 Fly at US Trials, Joins Sister Tara on US Olympic Team

By Phillip Whitten

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 11. STANFORD’S Dana Kirk struggled on the final 50 meters of the 200m fly, but with every painful stroke her goal came closer to reality.

Summoning her last ounce of will the 20 year-old from Tacoma, Washington, stroked to the wall, touching first in 2:08.86. With that touch, she made Olympic history, joining older sister Tara as the first sisters to swim on the same US Olympic team.

Kirk split a painful 1:00.19 – 1:08.67, as her 35.45 for the final 50 was bettered by four other swimmers. But she had built a monster lead and touched more than a second ahead of Kaitlin Sandeno, who came storming back from fourth place at the final turn to earn her fourth berth on the 2004 US Olympic squad. Third place went to 19 year-old Whitney Myers, of Tucson Ford, in another pr, 2:10.76. Talented, versatile and ready to rumble, Myers looks to be a star of the near future.

For Misty Hyman, 2000 Olympic gold medallist, there would be no miracle tonight. Hyman swam an aggressive race, turning in 1:01.51 at the 100-meter mark, but she faded down the home stretch and finished eighth.

RESULTS

Event 15 Women 200 LC Meter Butterfly
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World: W 2:05.78 8/4/2002 Otylia Jedrejczak, POL
American: A 2:05.88 9/20/2000 Misty Hyman, USA
U.S. Open: O 2:05.96 8/13/1981 Mary T. Meagher, Lakeside
Meet: M 2:07.53 6/30/1984 Mary T. Meagher, Mission Viejo
Oly. Tr. Cut: 2:16.69
Name Age Team Semis Finals
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=== Finals ===

1 Kirk, Dana 20 Palo Alto Stanfo 2:09.36 2:08.86
28.49 1:00.19 (31.70)
1:33.41 (33.22) 2:08.86 (35.45)
2 Sandeno, Kaitlin 21 Usc 2:11.71 2:09.94
29.63 1:02.55 (32.92)
1:35.88 (33.33) 2:09.94 (34.06)
3 Myers, Whitney 19 Tucson Ford Deal 2:11.24 2:10.76
29.51 1:02.33 (32.82)
1:36.31 (33.98) 2:10.76 (34.45)
4 Descenza, Mary 19 Athens Bulldog S 2:10.93 2:10.89
28.58 1:01.19 (32.61)
1:34.93 (33.74) 2:10.89 (35.96)
5 Vandenberg, Kimberly 20 Ucla Swimming/Or 2:11.62 2:11.24
29.11 1:01.63 (32.52)
1:35.74 (34.11) 2:11.24 (35.50)
6 Bassi, Noelle 20 Berkeley Aquatic 2:12.06 2:12.71
30.31 1:03.45 (33.14)
1:37.48 (34.03) 2:12.71 (35.23)
7 Yevak, Katie 21 Athens Bulldog S 2:12.41 2:12.75
29.70 1:03.75 (34.05)
1:37.71 (33.96) 2:12.75 (35.04)
8 Hyman, Misty 25 Arizona Desert F 2:11.79 2:13.34
28.81 1:01.51 (32.70)
1:36.54 (35.03) 2:13.34 (36.80)

=== Semi-Finals ===

9 Breeden, Elaine 15 Wildcat Aquatics 2:12.48
10 McLarty, Sara 21 Daytona Beach Sw 2:12.69
11 Kalisz, Courtney 14 North Baltimore 2:12.90
12 Hill, Elizabeth 18 Dynamo Swim Club 2:13.63
13 Eads, Courtney 17 The Claremont Cl 2:14.56
14 Axtell, Andrea 17 Longhorn Aquatic 2:15.18
15 Lewis, Kristen 22 Ucla Swimming/Or 2:16.12
16 Vollmer, Dana 16 Fort Worth Area 2:16.27

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