Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - March 12, 2010

Local swimmers star while helping PASA win team title at Southern Sectionals

by Keith Peters

Palo Alto High sophomore Jasmine Tosky put on a remarkable, record-breaking show at the U.S. Swimming Southern Sectionals that concluded Sunday night in College Station, Texas. All Tosky did was win six individual events and help her Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics team win the overall team championship with 841 points.

More than 800 swimmers competed. PASA brought 35 athletes to the meet. Tosky won the women's high-point award while teammate Tom Kremer, from Sacred Heart Prep, was the men's high-point winner.

"While Jasmine and Tom will get a lot of recognition for their accomplishments at this meet, I really feel that it was truly a team effort," said Tony Batis, one of PASA's head coaches. "We had young kids who swam on our girls 'C' relays that really stepped up and scored points for us. We had swimmers make breakthroughs and make new national or junior national standards for the first time. We had two strong swimmers who were third respectively in the women's (Maddy Schaefer) and men's (Adam Hinshaw) high point standings.

"We were represented by kids from over 10 high schools around the area and nearly every one of them contributed to our team effort. I, personally, was most pleased with the fact that we could take 35 kids deep into the heart of a swimming hotbed (Texas) compete against some of the top teams in the Midwest/South and come out with a team victory. It says to me that West Coast swimming is not dead and still very competitive."

While PASA received plenty of standout efforts, the most acknowledged came from Tosky. Her biggest night of the four-day meet was Saturday, where the 15-year-old had a breakthrough evening with three victories all in meet-records.

Tosky opened up the evening with a time of 1:46.07 to win the women's 200-yard free. That swim eclipsed Lily Moldenhauer's meet record of 1:46.77 set back in 2009.

Tosky then shot down another Moldenhauer meet record with the former recordholder in the pool. Tosky captured the 100 fly in 52.84 to beat Moldenhauer's 2009 record of 53.19. Tosky's time ranks her third on the girls' 15-16 all-time list. The time also set a 15-16 Pacific record, breaking Natalie Coughlin's mark and just missing the national age-group record (52.61) by Katie Hoff.

Tosky completed an incredible triple with another meet record, this time in the women's 400 IM. Tosky clocked a 4:11.01 to shatter the 4:16.27 set by Spindrift Beck in 2007.

On Sunday night, Tosky turned in another meet record with a 1:57.46 victory in the 200 IM. That swim smashed Beck's 2007 mark of 1:59.66. Tosky returned in the 100 breast and won that in 1:01.95. She also added a third place in the 100 back of 54.83.

Tosky got her first victory on Friday night as she blew away the meet record with a sizzling 1:56.29 in the 200 fly. The old mark was 1:58.38 by Moldenhauer last year.

Also on Friday, Tosky finished third in the 500 free (4:44.05). The top three finishers surpassed the old meet record of 4:45.87.

Tosky also teamed with Schaefer, Julia Ama and Jessica Bergman to set a national record (girls 15-18) of 3:19.81 in the 400-yard free relay.

Shaefer also had a big meet. She set a meet record while winning the 100 free in 48.90. That lowered the previous mark of 49.01 set last year by Moldenhauer, who lowered a national high school public record earlier this year. The time also was a Pacific record.

Schaefer earned her second podium with a 22.49 victory in the 50 free. She just missed the national record of 22.39 set by Amanda Weir. Schaefer did break a seven-year-old meet record, a 23.05 set by Brooke Bishop back in 2003. Bergman grabbed third in 23.45.

Schaefer also finished second in 100 back (54.28) and took third in the 100 fly (54.51).

In other PASA highlights: Hinshaw was second in the men's 500 free (4:24.65), second in the 1,000 free (9:06.70) and second in the 1,650 free (15:20.45). He set 15-16 Pacific records in the 1,000 and 1,650 frees. Alicia Grima picked up third in the women's 200 IM (2:03.92); and Ally Howe set a girls 13-14 Pacific record in the 100 back (55.13), breaking another Coughlin mark.

Kremer was as busy as Tosky as he took second in the 200 IM (1:49.80), third in the 100 back (49.65), second in the 200 free (1:37.99), second in the 200 fly (1:48.36), fourth in the 1,000 free (9:16.95) and fourth in the 500 free (4:26.86). He set a 15-16 Pacific record in the 200 IM.

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