With a pair of fifth-place finishes Friday at the USA swimming championships in Irvine, the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatic Club continues to show its competitiveness. Perhaps not the most well known of club teams around the country, PASA has certainly shown its ability to produce quality swimmers.
Take the men's 800 free relay team for example. The quartet of Nick Trowbridge, Adam Hinshaw, Matt Murray and Ben Hinshaw recorded a 7:36.52 to finish behind only Ohio State, Indiana, SwimMAC Carolina and Minnesota.
Alex Coville turned in Stanford's most noteworthy effort of day four with a 23rd place finish in the 100 free. He swam a time of 50.71. California Aquatics' Adrian Nathan won the race in 48.41, the second fastest time in the world this year.
"There are definitely some things I can clean up to go faster in that race, but I'm pretty happy with that time," Adrian said. "I think the most important thing is to swim your own race, and I was able to do that."
Palo Alto's Jasmine Tosky has been a sparkling advertisement for PASA all week. She finished fifth in the 200 fly with a nice time of 2:10.17. Tosky recorded a better time than incoming Stanford freshman Felicia Lee (14th in 2:13.24) and Stanford grad and Olympian Elaine Breeden (11th in the prelims with a 2:11.51).
Kathleen Hersey won the 200 fly in 2:07.00, also the second fastest time in the world. She finished eighth at the Beijing Olympics in the event and ninth at last year's FINA World Championships.
Stanford incoming freshman Andie Taylor reached her second main final in as many days, finishing sixth in the 200 fly, while Kelsey Ditto put herself into Saturday's 800 free finals.
Ditto overtook Chelsea Chenaut on the final leg by two-hundreths of a second after trailing the Maryland swimmer by nearly a second and a half with 50 meters to go.
Taylor, the nation's third-rated recruit by collegeswimming.com, has reached three finals this week. Along with Friday's 200 fly, Taylor was seventh in Thursday's 400 individual medley and 11th in Tuesday's 400 free.
This year's ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships will decide the U.S. team roster for a number of international competitions in the next year, including the 2010 Pan Pacific Championships, the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships, the 2010 FINA Short Course World Championships, the 2011 FINA World Championships and the 2011 World University Games.