The talented Tara Kirk, will be making her first trip to Singapore for the event. She was part of the women’s 4 x 100 metre medley relay team that took Silver in Athens in 2004. Tara also has two silvers and a bronze medal at the World Championships 2007 (long course) and one gold and two silvers in the World Championships 2006 (short course) to her name. In addition, she currently holds the American Record in the 100 metre and 200 metre breaststroke, and still remains the only women to swim the 100 metre breaststroke in less than 58 seconds (short course yards).
Earlier this year, Tara was unfortunate to miss out on an Olympic spot by 1/100th of a second in the 100 metre backstroke after coming in third at the US trials. While the US swim team were notified about fastest qualifier, Jessica Hardy’s, testing positive for a banned substance prior to the Games, it was too late for Tara to replace Jessica on the Olympic team due to Olympic regulations. It is interesting to note that Tara’s Olympic trial time of 1min 06.34secs would have been good enough to beat Jessica’s replacement Rebecca Soni into second place at the Olympics. Tara will definitely be looking to put that behind her and wow the crowd in Singapore with her record winning times.
Completing the team will be experienced Olympic swimmer Kara Lynn Joyce. In the recent Beijing Olympics she won silver in both 4 x 100 metre freestyle and 4 x 100 metre medley relays to match the two silvers she won in Athens. Kara has also won gold medals in the relay events at the World Championships (Long course and short course). Kara also holds three American records these include 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay and 4 x 100 metre medley relay (short course), as well as 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay (long course).
Singapore hosted a round of the FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup for the first time last year. The event was sold out on both days as packed crowds came to watch over 100 elite athletes from over 13 countries battle for top honours. The crowds were not disappointed as they witnessed the first ever world record broken on Singapore shores when Natalie Coughlin of the United States broke the 100 metre short course world record with a time of 56.51secs. The FINA Technical Swimming Committee also gave its stamp of approval with the acknowledgement that the event was “world class”.
The FINA/Arena Swimming World Cup will be held at the Singapore Sports School from the 1st – 2nd November. Heats will be held at 9:30am and the finals at 5.30pm on both days. Tickets are $20 for single day, $30 for both days. Further discount available for purchases of over 50 tickets.
Please visit www.finaworldcup.com.sg or call 6258 1011 for more information.
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