Palo Alto High junior Jasmine Tosky took the silver medal in the women's 200-meter freestyle to help the USA take the team lead after the opening day of the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships at the Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.
Tosky finished second in 1:59.69, with U.S. teammate Chelsea Chenault winning gold in 1:58.92. Tosky beat Chenault at the U.S. Junior National Championships earlier this month in Irvine, clocking her personal best of 1:58.54.
Tosky also qualified for the finals of the 200 fly, clocking the No. 2 prelim time of 2:12.32. Tosky, however, did not compete in the finals and no reason was given for the pullout. Had Tosky duplicated her prelim time in the finals, she would have finished third.
American Noelle Tarazona won the final in 2:10.66, slower than what Tosky clocked (2:09.28) while winning the U.S. Junior National title. Tosky came into the meet as the No. 1 seed in both the 200 free and 200 fly.
Maddy Schaefer, a teammate of Tosky's on Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, finished 14th in the women's 100 back in 1:04.13. She clocked 1:03.56 in the prelims.
Tosky still has the 100 free and both the 200 and 400 IMs on her individual schedule, as well as a handful of relays.
The USA women scored 94 points on Thursday to take the lead over Australia (68) and Japan (47).
In the men's meet, Adam Hinshaw of PASA was 11th in the 200 free in 1:52.28. That was an improvement over his prelim time of 1:52.39.
The Junior Pan Pacific Championships, which run through Monday, feature the top National Youth Teams from the Pacific Rim -- including the United States, Canada, Australia and Japan -- and represents the top international youth competition of 2010.
Jasmine's blog from Maui (posted on USA Swimming)
As this is my first visit to Hawaii, I was immediately astounded by the natural beauty that was evident from the moment that our plane broke through the cloud cover over Maui. Coming from Nor-Cal, the humidity was a bit of an adjustment for me, but otherwise the perfect weather bodes well for amazing swims to come later this week. Maui is so full of life and beauty and I'm glad I can share this experience with the whole team. Although everyone has very distinct personalities and comes from all corners of the U.S. already we can sense that we work together extremely well as a team and are already close, especially considering that most of us just met each other at the airport on Monday.
After talking with some of the girls at lunch, we're all a little skeptical about how we'll perform in the water. We're all relying on extended tapers from Nationals and Jr. Nationals. I'm entering my 4th week of taper and I'm curious to find out how I'll swim here at Junior Pan Pacs. Even though I'm swimming on my last week of taper, I have this bolt of energy during the day. The fact that we are living in paradise and staying at a gorgeous resort makes me want to swim my best. The setting is perfect, swimming our best and cheering for our teammates!