2003-04 Honor Roll: Tara Kirk

Tara Kirk certainly hasn't been lacking for awards this year. However, we decided to add one more to the pile and name her to the Bootleg Honor Roll for the 2003-04 season because of her utter dominance in breaststroke and, frankly, because it would be silly not to…

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In the May/June issue of The Bootleg Magazine (re-published on TheBootleg.com in early August), we released the 30 finalists for The Bootleg Honor Roll award for the 2003/2004 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 August, we will be releasing the 10 winners of this prestigious award, one by one. The previously announced winners of this award are Tony Azevedo, Amber Liu, Peter Marshall, Jed Lowrie and Matt Gentry.

The sixth recipient of The Bootleg Honor Roll award is swimmer Tara Kirk. Kirk finished her Stanford career with an unblemished 35-0 record in the 100 breast and a 19-race win streak in the 200 breast. This in itself would be enough to merit a spot on the Bootleg Honor Roll, but this Bremerton, WA native also has 11 NCAA titles to her name, two of which came this year, and the world record in the 100 breast, in addition to countless school and meet records. Kirk received a number of honors this season, not least of which was the Honda-Broderick Cup, awarded to the most outstanding female collegiate athlete in the United States. She also took home the prestigious Al Masters Award, which goes to the male and female Cardinal athletes who best exemplify the ideals of athletic performance, leadership, and academic excellence.

Kirk successfully qualified for the 100 breast at the U.S. Olympic Team in Athens where she won her first Olympic medal as part of the U.S. 4x100 medley relay team that captured the silver. Kirk also finished sixth in the 100 meter individual breast. Tara’s sister, Dana, was also a member of the 2004 U.S. Olympic swim team.

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