By Rick Eymer
Palo Alto Online Sports
If there was a college swimming coach in the United States who had never heard her name before, they've all placed Palo Alto junior Jasmine Tosky at the top of their wish list by now.
Tosky's performance at the USA Speedo Junior National Swimming Championships this week was her own debutante ball, a coming-out party of the spectacular variety.
"She's a very driven kid who likes to race," said PASA coach Ricky Silva, who worked with Tosky at the 13-14 level.
She even got to celebrate at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatics Center in Irvine with a few good friends from the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics Club, though the traditional gowns were replaced by swimwear.
All in all, quite a meet for the PASA girls' team, which romped to the team victory with 304 points following Friday's final day. The Terrapins finished second with 133 points.
"I wasn't there but talking to the other coaches (head coach Tony Batis, among others) they were happy with the meet overall," Silva said. "They considered it a successful meet."
Even better, the party is far from over. Tosky and PASA teammate Maddie Schaefer will participate in individual events at the Junior Pan Pacific Championships that take place August 26-30 at the Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.
Tosky and Schaefer will also swim in relays, but not with PASA teammates Camille Cheng, Ally Howe, Sarah Liang and Rachael Acker, whom swam on one or more of the three winning relay teams.
Tosky, the high-point swimmer of the meet, swam the 200-meter IM in 2:13.02 on Friday's final day. It was her fifth individual victory of the meet. She also added her second third-place finish of the meet, recording a 26.24 to finish behind Schaefer, who won the 50 free event in 25.37.
"She's quick to learn," PASA coach Tony Batis said of Tosky in a telephone interview. "One of her strengths is that if you give her a task or a challenge she's able to adapt quickly. It's part of what makes her a unique talent."
Schaefer has accomplished a few things this week, as well. It was her second individual win of the meet in addition to helping set meet records in both the 400 free relay and 800 free relay.
Schaefer and Tosky also added one final gold medal, swimming the final two legs of the winning 400 medley relay team that recorded a time of 4:13.52, four seconds faster than second-place Carmel Swim Club.
"I am not going to discount Maddie's performance but she has already done so much for the team," Batis said. "This is great since the nationals and junior nationals will be at Stanford next year."
The medal count? Tosky won five events, placed third in two others and swam on three relay teams -- two that set meet records. Schaefer won two events, reached the championship final in another and participated on all three relay teams.
PASA's Adam Hinshaw swam a pair of individual events on the final day, placing fifth in the 800 free with a time of 8:12.09. He was 15th in the 200 IM in 2:07.97 during the preliminaries but decided not to swim in the finals.
Hinshaw qualified for the Junior Pan Am Chanpionships in the open water competition earlier this year.