2002-03 Honor Roll: Tara Kirk

The sixth winner of The Bootleg's Honor Roll award is swimmer Tara Kirk. Perhaps the top breaststroker in the nation, Tara was undefeated in NCAA competition at the 100 and 200 breast this past season.

In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in late-June), we introduced The Bootleg Honor Roll and also released a list of 30 finalists for this award for the 2002/2003 school-year. Here is a link to that story.

The criteria are as follows:

Each academic year, The Bootleg’s Honor Roll will recognize the top ten Stanford student-athletes who have performed at an exceptional level, with athletic accomplishments that are both extraordinary and inspirational. While achieving athletic success, these athletes should also have displayed uncommon leadership, sportsmanship and respect towards their fellow teammates and opponents. Finally, these honorees’ performances and actions should also demonstrate their love for their particular sport as well as their school pride, the famed “Spirit of Stanford.”

During the month of July, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. The announced winners so far are baseball catcher Ryan Garko, water polo’s Tony Azevedo, volleyball's Logan Tom, soccer's Marcia Wallis and track & field's Grant Robison.

The sixth recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is swimmer Tara Kirk. The junior from Bremerton, WA won two NCAA individual championships in 2003 - the 100 and 200 breast stroke. She finished the season undefeated in both events and remains undefeated in her Stanford career at the 100 breast. She also holds the American record in both events - 58.41 seconds in the 100 and 2:07.36 in the 200. She is now a nine-time NCAA champion, including five individual titles. Tara's sister Dana was a freshman on the swim team this past season and finished sixth in the 100 fly at the NCAA's.

Tara will be back for her senior year but, as one of the top breaststrokers in the world, her eyes are clearly focused on Athens in 2004.

(photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

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