Wendy Quirk

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Wendy Quirk
Personal information
Full name Wendy Quirk
National team Canada
Born (1959-05-29) May 29, 1959 (age 57)
Montréal, Quebec
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 63 kg (139 lb)
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle, butterfly
Club Pointe-Claire Swim Club
College team University of Florida

Wendy Quirk (born May 29, 1959) is a former competition swimmer who represented Canada in international swimming events during the 1970s. Quirk won eleven medals in major international swimming championships, spanning the FINA World Championships, Pan American Games and Commonwealth Games.

International career[edit]

In her international debut as a 16-year-old, Quirk represented Canada at the 1975 Pan American Games in Mexico City, where she won a bronze medal for her third-place finish in the 100-metre butterfly. The following year at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Quirk placed fifth overall in the 200-metre butterfly, sixth overall in the 100-metre butterfly, and ninth overall in the 400-metre and 800-metre freestyle events.[1]

At the 1978 Commonwealth Games held in Edmonton, Alberta, Quirk won three gold medals in the 100-metre butterfly, 4x100-metre freestyle relay, and the 4x100-metre medley relay, a silver medal in the 200-metre butterfly, and a bronze medal in the 100-metre freestyle. Later that same year, she won bronze medals for her performances in the 100-metre butterfly and 4x100-metre freestyle relay in the 1978 World Aquatics Championships. In her final international appearance at the 1979 Pan American Games in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she won a pair of silver medals as a member of the Canadian relay teams in the 4x100-metre freestyle and 4x100-metre medley events, together with two bronze medals in individual events, the 100-metre butterfly and 400-metre freestyle.

College career[edit]

Quirk attended the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, where she swam for the Florida Gators swimming and diving team in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) competition under coach Randy Reese in 1977 and 1978.[2] During her two-year American college career, she received five All-American honors.[2] She also attended and graduated from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Profile at Sports Reference
  2. ^ a b Florida Swimming & Diving 2011–12 Media Supplement, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 62, 65, 79 (2011). Retrieved April 11, 2012.

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