School is back in session this week for students at Palo Alto High. One very elite athlete, however, is still enjoying her summer vacation and will be in Hawaii through next Monday.
Palo Alto junior Jasmine Tosky has a very good reason for her absence this week. She'll be swimming for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics at the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, which run Thursday through Monday at the Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.
The event features the top National Youth Teams from the Pacific Rim, including the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan. The Junior Pan Pacific Championships represent the top international youth competition of 2010 and provide a showcase for the top swimming talent of tomorrow.
Tosky has the busiest schedule of the 46 American swimmers, male or female, entered. She's qualified in six individual events and also will swim on a handful of relays. Tosky won a remarkable five races at the USA Junior Nationals (Aug. 9-13) in Irvine and set meet records in three of them.
Those meet records make Tosky the No. 1 seed in each event -- the 200-meter free (1:58.54), 200 fly (2:09.28) and 200 IM (2:13.02). Tosky also is seeded No. 2 in the 400 IM (4:43.90), No. 4 in the 100 fly (59.43), No. 5 in the 100 free (55.52) and No. 9 in the 50 free (25.96).
All of Tosky's times are lifetime bests. The Junior Pan Pacs is her third major meet this month, following the U.S. National Championships and Junior Nationals.
Joining Tosky in Hawaii will be PASA teammates Madeline Schaefer and Adam Hinshaw.
Schaefer is seeded No. 3 in the 100 free (55.35) and No. 4 in the 50 free (25.37) while Hinshaw is No. 8 in the 800 free (8:12.09) and No. 12 in the 10K Open Water race.