Wednesday, July 07, 2004


The 2004 U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials begin today in Long Beach and will end next Wednesday, July 14.

Bremerton natives Tara Kirk, Dana Kirk, and Justin Adrian have qualified for the trials and hope to become Olympians. The Kirk sisters' accomplishments have been well-documented, but Adrian is in Long Beach as well. He qualified for the trials last December in the 100 butterfly at the U.S. Open. Adrian has been one of the top swimmers at Washington for the past four years. Consider that the UW swimming program almost was eliminated before Adrian stepped foot on campus.

Tara Kirk will compete in the 100 breast and the 200 breast while Dana will compete in the 100 fly and the 200 fly. Tara owns the world record in the 100 breast (short course).

Here's the schedule this week for the Kirks and Adrian:

Prelims 100 Butterfly (Dana Kirk)
Semifinals 100 Butterfly (Dana Kirk)

Prelims 100 Breast (Tara Kirk)
Semifinals 100 Breast (Tara Kirk)
Finals 100 Butterfly (Dana Kirk)

Finals 100 Breast (Tara Kirk)

Prelims 200 Butterfly (Dana Kirk)
Semifinals 200 Butterfly (Dana Kirk)

Prelims 200 Breast (Tara Kirk)
Semifinals 200 Breast (Tara Kirk)
Finals 200 Butterfly (Dana Kirk)

Prelims 100 Butterfly (Justin Adrian)
Semifinals 100 Butterfly (Justin Adrian)

Finals 100 Butterfly (Justin Adrian)

Only the top two in each final make it to Athens.

NBC Television Schedule
Friday, July 9 7-8 p.m. CDT (Live)
Sunday, July 11 7-8 p.m. CDT (Live)
Sunday, July 18 12-2 p.m. CDT (Taped)

Good luck, Tara, Dana, and Justin!

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