Barbara Kirch started rowing with the Vesper Boat Club and then rowed at the University of Pennsylvania. She competed at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics in coxless pairs. Kirch won a silver medal in coxed fours at the 1982 World Championships and a bronze medal in double sculls at the 1987 Worlds. She was 1987 US Champion in both double and quad sculls.
Kirch later became a coach at Dartmouth College and then at U Penn, before become director of rowing and women’s varsity coach at Peddie School in New Jersey. She also coached the US junior women at the World Junior Championships in 1996-98. In 2010 she was named to the FISA Youth Rowing Commission.
|1984 Summer||24||Los Angeles||Rowing||Women's Coxless Pairs||United States||USA||5|
|1988 Summer||28||Seoul||Rowing||Women's Coxless Pairs||United States||USA||6|
|1984 Summer||24||Los Angeles||Rowing||United States||USA||Chari Towne||Final Round||3:44.35|
|1988 Summer||28||Seoul||Rowing||United States||USA||Mara Keggi||Final Round||A Final||7:56.27|
|1988 Summer||28||Seoul||Rowing||United States||USA||Mara Keggi||Round One Repêchage||Heat Two||8:05.55|
|1988 Summer||28||Seoul||Rowing||United States||USA||Mara Keggi||Round One||Heat One||8:16.85|