Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - July 5, 2013

The season continues in Europe

U.S. Championships send top local athletes to Spain and Russia

by Rick Eymer

The Phillips 66 U.S. National Swimming Championships came to a close Saturday as Palo Alto High grad Jasmine Tosky recorded the best finish of any local swimmer. She placed seventh in the 200-meter individual medley, swimming a 2:15.00, at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Tosky will be taking a trip to Kazan, Russia for the World University Games next month. Maybe not on the same level as dream destination Barcelona, but still an international meet among her peers. She's eligible to compete in the 50, 100 and 200 fly.

Stanford's Maya DiRado will be going to Spain for the FINA World Championships, which begin July 19, and is tentatively scheduled to compete in the 200 fly, the 400 IM and the 800 free relay. She scratched out of the 200 IM on Saturday.

Stanford grads Eugene Godsoe and BJ Johnson are also on the way to the world championships. Johnson will swim the 200 breast while Godsoe will go to Spain as the American champion in both the 50 fly and the 100 fly.

"It's not something I quite expected," Godsoe told Swimming World magazine. "I've been nipping at everybody's heels for three or four years now. Every year I could be there, I could get there."

Godsoe, who said he was going to swim through at least 2014 after a strong showing at the Arena Santa Clara Grand Prix, is talking several years, as in 2016, following his achievements in Indianapolis over the past week.

"I moved back to Stanford and I have great coaching and a great environment around me," Godsoe said. "I think all the pieces are finally coming together. I'm excited not only for what I'm doing here but what I could do in the years to come."

Palo Alto grad Liv Jensen (50 free, 400 free relay), Gunn grad Rachael Acker (400 free relay), and former PASA swimmer Adam Hinshaw (200 IM, 400 IM) are also on the WUG roster.

Godsoe and Johnson had been invited to the World University Games, but the World Championships trumped that opportunity.

Stanford's Andi Murez will swim on the 400 free relay in Russia, taking over for Catherine Breed, who withdrew due to injury according to USA Swimming.

Murez was scheduled to swim in the Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem next month but, with both meets taking place at the same time, she will only compete in Russia.

Meanwhile, PASA swimmers Curtis Ogren and Andrew Liang are among those being considered for the U.S. team that will compete in the World Junior Championships in Dubai beginning August 26.

Selection for the team is based on results from the U.S. National Championships, US Open and U.S. Junior National Championships. The full team will be announced no later than August 12.

The junior nationals are being held at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine beginning August 5., two days after the U.S. Open swimming championships conclude, also in Irvine.

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