Sacred Heart Prep junior Ally Howe went from being a big fish in a small pond to quite the opposite, yet held her own during last weekend's Arena Grand Prix long course swim meet in Mesa, Ariz.
Competing against numerous members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic swim team, Howe finished sixth in the women's 200-meter back stroke in 2:15.87, trailing (among others) Olympic champion Missy Franklin's 2:09.35).
Howe also won the consolation heat of the 100 fly in 1:00.78, while finishing ahead of Olympic medalist Rachel Bootsma and 2013 NCAA Swimmer of the Year Elizabeth Pelton, both from Cal.
Elsewhere in the meet, 25-year-old Bernard Thompson of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) won the men's 200 breast in 2:14.51 and finished third in the 100 breast in 1:02.68.
Stanford grad Eugene Godsoe was third in the men's 100 fly (53.28) with former teammate Bobby Bollier fourth in 53.82). Bollier also took third in the 200 fly (1:59.80) and Godsoe was third in the 100 back (54.77).
Stanford freshman Tom Kremer was the top qualifier in the 200 fly, but did not swim the final. He did compete in the 200 free, where he finished eighth in 1:51.73.
Menlo Park resident (and St. Francis student) Curtis Ogren splashed to a fourth place in the men's 400 (M (4:27.75) in addition to winning consolation honors in the 200 IM in 2:05.87, a time that would have gotten him sixth had he raced in the finals.
Stanford's Geoff Cheah was sixth in the men's 50 free (23.28) and Palo Alto's Liv Jensen was sixth in the women's 50 free (26.05). Stanford grad Chad La Tourette was sixth in the 400 free in 4:00.32.