Friday, August 20, 2004
The USA women's 4x100 medley relay team (Haley Cope/Tara Kirk/Rachel "Der" Komisarz/Amanda Weir) finished with a first-place qualifying time of 4:02.82. Tara Kirk held down the breaststroke leg of the race, posting the fastest time out of the 16 breaststroke swimmers in the prelims. Of course, the breaststroke field was largely different, though it did include Sarah Poewe of Germany, who finished 0.06 seconds ahead of Tara in the 100m breaststroke final. Tara's time was 0.51 seconds faster than the time she posted in the 100m breaststroke final, but apparently this isn't unusual for swimmers to do in relay races.
Granted, the relay team that swims the final race will be almost wholly different (Coughlin, Beard, et al.), but Tara still medals if the final team does.
A gold medal for Team USA, Tara Kirk, and Bremerton? Amazing.
The final in the women's 4x1 medley relay will take place tomorrow at 10:10am Pacific time. Once again, your best bet for live coverage is the CBC, though it will be the weekend, so maybe NBC has a chance to show it, who knows. The Aussies will be in lane 4, the USA will be in lane 5.