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  Kirsten Gilbert
Kirsten Gilbert

Player Profile
Phoenix, AZ

High School:
Xavier College Preparatory




Last Club:
Phoenix Swim Club

SCY (Time, Stanford Top 10 Ranking):100 breast (1:01.80, #5), 200 breast (2:16.24). 200 IM (2:06.79)
SCM (Time):100 breast (1:09.80), 200 breast (2:32.85)
LCM (Time):100 breast (1:12.46), 200 breast (2:39.37)

Collegiate All-American (1) • Collegiate Victories (1)

General: Has been a tremendous member of the squad in the breaststroke, where she has the potential to score at the NCAA level • Wants to finish on the highest note possible • A tough, hard-nosed swimmer and an excellent athlete.

Cardinal Career: Stanford's No. 5 all-time performer in the 100 yard breaststroke with the time of 1:01.80 she recorded to earn All-American honors and finish 14th at the 2003 NCAA Championships as a sophomore.

As A Junior In 2003-04: Finished 22nd in the 100 (1:09.80 prelims) and 35th in the 200 (2:32.85 prelims) meter breast at the NCAA Championships • Was seventh at the Pac-10 Championships in both the 100 (1:02.61) and 200 (2:17.42, 2:16.33 prelims) yard breast • Also was 43rd in the 200 yard IM (2:06.90 prelims) at the Pac-10's and swam the second leg of an exhibition 200 yard medley relay squad (28.74/1:43.09) • Finished in the top five each of the 11 times she swam in the 100 or 200 breast after the season-opener • Was third in the 200 breast on three occasions (vs. Pacific, at USC, vs. California) and second in the 100 breast at Pacific • A member of a pair of third-place teams in the 400 free and 400 medley relay at USC • Ranked second on the team behind NCAA champion Tara Kirk in the 100 yard (1:02.61) and 100 meter (1:09.80) breast, as well as the 200 yard (2:16.33) and 200 meter (2:32.75) breast • Honorable mention Pac-10 All-Academic.

As A Sophomore In 2002-03: Came on at the NCAA Championships to earn All-American honors with a 14th-place finish in the 100 yard breast, swimming a career-best time of 1:01.80 (No. 5 on Stanford's all-time list) in the consolation finals • Also competed in the 200 yard breast at the NCAA's, finishing 34th in a time of 2:17.30 • Had a nice meet at the Pac-10 Championships, finishing seventh in the 100 (1:03.05, 1:02.71 prelims) and 13th in the 200 (2:17.29, personal-best 2:16.94 prelims) yard breast, as well as 35th in the 200 yard IM (career-best 2:06.79) • Had season-best second-place individual performances in the 100 breast versus UCLA and USC • Ranked second on the team in the 100 (1:01.80) and third in the 200 (2:16.94) yard breast • Second Team Pac-10 All-Academic.

As A Freshman In 2001-02: Had an amazing season, dropping 10.10 seconds off her previous best in the 200 yard breast with a career-best swim of 2:16.24 in the Pac-10 prelims • Finished eighth at the Pac-10's in both the 100 (1:02.90) and 200 (2:17.13) yard breast • Finished 18th in the 100 (1:02.20) and 31st in the 200 (2:17.90) yard breast at the NCAA Championships • Finished among the top five in each of her six dual meets in the 100 yard breast • Had four top five showings in the 200 yard breast during the regular season • Had a big meet against California with a pair of third-place finishes in the 100 and 200 yard breast • Tasted victory by swimming the second leg of a winning 200 yard medley relay team (30.12/1:44.09) at UCLA • Had an individual season-best second-place finish in the 100 yard breast versus Pacific.

International Competition: None. National Competition: Qualified for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials and finished 49th in the 100 meter breast (1:14.19) • Reached the "C" finals of the 100 meter breast (1:13.77, 1:13.28 prelims) at the 2004 Summer Senior Nationals and finished 21st • Has competed for the last four years at Senior Nationals • Placed second at the Four Corners Sectional Championships in the 100 meter breast in August 2001 • Placed 13th in the Short Course Junior Nationals in the 100 yard breast.

High School: A 2001 graduate of Xavier College Preparatory • A First Team All-American and 5A All-State selection in the 100 yard breast as she was undefeated in the event as a senior after a Second Team All-American performance in her junior campaign • A Second Team All-American in the 200 yard medley relay as a senior • Won state titles as a senior in the 100 yard breast and as a member of the 200 yard IM team • Finished fourth in the state in the 200 yard IM as a senior • Part of her school's national record 181 consecutive dual meet victories as her club was undefeated in dual meets during her careeer • Team won 5A state championship in three of her four prep seasons and was ranked 13th in the nation as a senior • Also earned a varsity letter as a member of the school's track and field team during her sophomore campaign • Earned her school's Outstanding Senior Athlete Award and was a co-captain • A member of the National Honors Society • Coached by Roric Fink (1999-2000) and Pierre LaFontaine (2000-01).

Club: Phoenix Swim Club (1997-2001) and team captain in 2000-01 • Coached by Roric Fink and Pierre LaFontaine.

Coaching Staff On Gilbert: "Kirsten really wants to finish on a high note, and we expect her to have a great senior season. She is a swimmer that has vastly improved during her time at Stanford and has the ability to repeat the performance of her sophomore year when she scored at the NCAA's in the 100 breast. We are very excited with what she has accomplished in her first three seasons. She is a great story that just keeps getting better."

Getting To Know Kirsten Gilbert
Parents:John and Patrice Gilbert
Major:Human Biology
Contemplated Profession:Clinical Psychologist
Spent Last Summer:Working as an office assistant at Stanford's Center for Narcolepsy
Hobbies:Hiking, skiing, scrapbooking
I would describe myself as:Energetic, focused, determined and caring
Did You Know:Kirsten danced for 12 years in jazz, tap and ballet before starting to swim as a freshman in high school
Since coming to Stanford, I have learned:Everyone is an interesting individual with their own unique story and that people are the most important things
Favorite place I have ever visited is:The Grand Canyon
What makes the Avery Aquatics Center so special is:The four amazing pools, amazing training and the sun
My parents were right when they told me:To be true to myself and follow my heart

Last Updated: 1/25/05

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