Tosky records two meet records in as many days


Jasmine Tosky collected her second individual meet record in any as many days Tuesday at the USA Junior National Swimming Championships in Irvine.

She was also part of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics' meet record 3:48.24 in the 400 free relay. Madeline Schaefer, Camille Cheng and Rachael Acker swam ahead of Tosky.

Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics leads the combined team score after the second day with 131 points,

It seems the Palo Alto High junior was only getting started after a solid performance during last week's USA national swimming championships in Irvine.

Tosky set a meet record in wining the 200 fly with a time of 2:09.28 on Monday and followed that with another meet record Tuesday in the 400 individual medley, swimming 4:44.85, seven seconds faster than her preliminary time.

The fly record she bettered? Stanford incoming freshman Felicia Lee went 2:09.45 last year in Federal Way.

Tosky set a blistering pace, going 28.81 through the first 50 meters, a time that was on pace for the American record. She led by a full second by then and finished more than two seconds faster than second-place Kaitlin Pawlowicz of the Curl Burke Swim Club.

She followed the same game plan in the IM, jumping out to a solid lead and maintaining it the entire distance. The Claremont's Noelle Tarazona kept within a second heading into the freestyle and that's where Tosky pulled away from the group.

Schaefer, a senior at St. Francis, went 55.48 to finish second in the 100 free, an event she dominated at the Central Coast Section championships in May. Tosky came in right behind her in 55.95.

PASA's Adam Hinshaw, part of Saratoga High's national high school record-setting 400 free relay team of 15 months ago, finished fifth in the 1,500 free with a time of 15:38.78.

The high school senior swam in the final heat, which produced five of the top eight times in the event, including winner Ediz Yildirimer, who went 15:29.38.

In related news, Palo Alto Stanford's Alex Liang was named the TYR Age Group Swimmer of the Month in the August issue of Swimming World Magazine.

Liang, 11, had a great meet at Far Westerns while still a 10-year old competing in the 10-and-under age group, winning seven individual events.

Women's water polo

The United States national team dropped a 10-9 decision to host Australia at the Auspole-Longmont 10th Anniversary tournament in Sydney on Monday.

It was Australia's first win over the Americans in nearly six years and came in the same pool in which the Australians egded the U.S. team in the gold medal game of the 2000 Olympics.

"I think a match against Australia is always going to be a good game," U.S. goalkeeper Betsy Armstrong said. "You know that it's going to be four quarters of good water polo and it's going to be close. It's always a tight rivalry between us. It's good to play them before a major tournament, before heading over to New Zealand."

The teams will likely meet again in the FINA World Cup, which begins Aug. 17 in Christchurch.

"It's never fun to lose obviously, but we can take a lot away from it and learn from our mistakes and be better prepared for when we face them next time," Armstrong said.

Stanford grad Lolo Silver led the Americans with three goals.

The U.S. meets China on Tuesday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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