Ally Howe has yet to swim a stroke for her new high school team at Sacred Heart Prep, but the 14-year-old already has made a splash with her Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics squad.
Howe won the 100-meter backstroke (1:04.74), took third in the 100 fly (1:02.42) and finished seventh in the 200 free (2:06.08) during the Summer Gold Sectional Championships last weekend at the Canyons Aquatic Club in Santa Clarita.
Howe also helped her PASA teammates finish second in the women's team race.
Gunn's Rachael Acker, 16, also contributed with a fifth in the 50-meter free (26.71) in addition to swimming on the sixth-place 400 medley relay squad that included Haley Read, Stephanie Lim and Howe.
PASA will send 10 individuals and five relay swimmers to the 2010 ConocoPhillips National Championships in Irvine next week. The local club also will send a contingent to the Far Western Championships, which begin this Wednesday in Concord. Top local swimmers include Claire Lin), Alex Liang, Illi Garnder and Fernanda Vejar-Richter.
PASA also will be represented at the Western Zone Championships at San Jose's Independence High from Aug. 9-14. The meet features the fastest age-group swimmers in the Western Zone (U.S., Canada, and Mexico).
In Fullerton last weekend, Stanford grad Alex Kostich set two Masters world records at the Southern Pacific Masters zone championships.
Kostich, also a former USA Swimming National Team member, started the weekend with a world record in the 1500 freestyle for the 40-44 age group, swimming a 16:36.91 to break Jeff Erwin's world record of 16:39.60. Two days later, Kostich broke Erwin's world record of 8:41.65 in the 800 free, swimming an 8:37.81.