Palo Alto's Tosky will swim in 200 IM final

Palo Alto High graduate Jasmine Tosky probably won't be a member of the 2012 U.S. Olympic swim team, but it won't be from lack of effort or opportunity.

The USC-bound Tosky had four races at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials on Wednesday in Omaha, Neb., with the long day paying off with her qualifying for the finals in the women's 200-meter individual medley.

Tosky clocked 2:13.87 while finishing seventh in the semifinals. She'll be joined in Thursday night's finals by Stanford's Maya DiRado, who was the No. 5 overall finisher in 2:12.62.

Only the top two finishers will earn berths on the U.S. Olympic team bound for London, England.

Cal senior Caitlin Leverenz was the No. 1 qualifier in the 200 IM in 2:10.51. World recordholder Ariana Kukors was fourth in 2:12.32, thus there's a lot of talent for Tosky and DiRado to overcome.

Tosky's other race on Wednesday was the semifinals of the 200 free, where the top six finisher from the finals will help make up the 800 free relay at the Olympics. Tosky, however, finished 11th in the semis in 1:58.91 and failed to make the eight-swimmer final.

Recent Stanford graduate Bobby Bollier, meanwhile, also finds himself in the finals on Thursday night after putting together a pair of strong 200 fly performances that included a win over world recordholder Michael Phelps in the semifinals.

Bollier, a 14-time All-American who led the prelims with a 1:56.69, posted the top semifinal time with a 1:56.06 to keep the pressure on Phelps heading into finals.

"I knew he (Phelps) was a little tired from the 200 free, but this is still a great time for me," Bollier said.

Bollier, who finished sixth in the 100 fly and seventh in the 200 fly at the 2008 Olympic Trials, is looking for his first Olympic berth. His top international experience has been a silver medal in the 200 fly at the World University Games.

Those surprised by Bollier's efforts shouldn't be. On the all-time 17-18 age-group list for long course meters, Bollier is right there with Phelps.

In the 200-meter fly, Phelps ranks No. 1 (1:53.93) and Bollier No. 2 (1:55.67). In the 200 free, Phelps is No. 1 (1:45.99) and Bollier is No. 2 (1:48.13). And, in the 100 fly, Phelps is No. 1 (51.10) and Bollier is No. 2 (52.57). To better put things into perspective, former Stanford Olympic champion Pablo Morales ranks No. 13 in the 100 fly and No. 14 in the 200 fly.

Fellow Stanford grad David Mosko, meanwhile, fell short of the eight-man final in the 200 fly by finishing 11th (1:58.85).

Graduate Eugene Godsoe swam in the finals of the 100 back, finishing fifth with a time of 53.61. Olympian Matt Grevers won the race in 52.08, the second-fastest time in history to Aaron Piersol's world mark of 51.94.

In other prelims on Wednesday:

Stanford grad Kate Dwelley was 25th in 2:00.89 in the 200 fly, current Cardinal Maddy Schaefer was 66th in 2:03.67 and teammate Andi Murez was 73rd in 2:04.03.

In the 200 IM, Stanford's Felicia Lee (27th in 2:17.31), former Palo Alto High standout Liv Jensen (50th in 2:18.86, Ally Howe of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (56th in 2:19.17), PASA teammate Alicia Grima (59th in 2:19.39) and Stanford's Kirstie Chen (70th in 2:20.05).

In the men's 200 fly, Stanford's John Lane missed out after taking 63rd in 2:02.91 while teammates Payne Montgomery (96th in 2:04.40) and Erich Peske (111th in 2:05.43) also failed to advance.

— Palo Alto Online Sports


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Posted by paly paly
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 27, 2012 at 10:54 pm

Jasmine Tosky is simply inspiring. As talented as she is, she is equally down to earth. My voice is sore from rooting!!! Another fantastic talent is Liv Jensen. They are two classy individuals.

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