There was a distinct Palo Alto feel to the women's 400 free relay Wednesday at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Irvine.
Former PASA (and Palo Alto High) teammates Liv Jensen and Jasmine Tosky each swam the anchor leg for their respective teams. Jensen helped California Aquatics win the national title with a time of 3:44.87.
Tosky nearly overtook Jensen on the final leg, helping PASA finish second in the relay with a time of 3:44.92. Madeline Schaefer, Camille Cheng, Ally Howe also swam for Palo Alto Stanford. The PASA 'B' team were 16the overall in 3:54.84.
Tosky also turned in a sharp effort in the 200 free, finishing sixth in a swift 1:58.63. She was faster, by three to four seconds, than three Stanford swimmers in the event: incoming freshman Andrea Taylor (18th in 2:01.07), Kate Dwelley (21st in 2:01.32) and Kelsey Ditto (22nd in 2:02.14).
Schaefer swam a time of 1:03.43 in the 'C' final of the 100 back, finishing 24th overall. Stanford senior Liz Webb was 17th in 1:02.10.
On the men's side, Stanford junior Bobby Bollier finished fourth in the 200 fly, swimming a 1:57.37 in a race that saw Michael Phelps record his 49th career title, surpassing Tracy Caulkins as the swimmer with the most national titles.
Stanford's David Mosko was ninth in the 200 fly with a time of 1:58.21 while Stanford's Morgan Priestly was 18th in the 200 free, Phelps' record-tying 48th career win.
Stanford grad Randal Bal went 55.18 to finish eighth in the championship final. Cardinal grad Eugene Godsoe was third in the 'B' final with a 55.15.
Phelps' effort in the 200 free was the fastest time in the world this year, edging Ryan Lochte 1:45.61 to 1:45.78.
Phelps led the entire way, but Lochte drew to within a hundredth of a second at the 150 meter mark. The two then went stroke for stroke to the wall, with Phelps gaining the edge.
"Whenever I have a chance to race these guys, we're really able to bring the best out of each other," Phelps said.
Lochte's time was the second-fastest in the world this year.