Paly's Tosky swims to another gold at Jr. Pan Pacs


Palo Alto High junior swim standout Jasmine Tosky concluded a standout performance at the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships by swimming to the gold medal in the 200-meter IM on Sunday at the Kihei Aquatic Center in Maui, Hawaii.

Tosky clocked 2:13.55 to win the 200 IM on a day that saw Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics teammates Maddy Schaefer and Adam Hinshaw also earn points for Team USA.

Schaefer took the silver medal in the women's 50 free in 25.42, which was under the old meet record. Schaefer finished second to Yolane Kukla of Australia, who clocked a sizzling meet record of 24.74.

Hinshaw finished sixth in the men's 800 free in 8:12.80. USA teammate Evan Pinion won the race in 7:58.93. Hinshaw came back on Monday to finish ninth in the 10K Open Water race. He clocked one hour, 56 minutes, 11.94 seconds.

Sunday marked the last day of the pool competition. Team USA finished with 46 medals overall – 16 gold, 16 silver and 14 bronze. The U.S. led the field in both medal count and overall team score with 458 points. Australia was second with 382 points, while Japan was third with 264 points.

On Saturday, Tosky finished third in the women's 100-meter fly with a sizzling 59.53. That was one of three times under the old meet record and just off Tosky's personal best of 59.43. Rino Hosoda of Japan won in 58.72 with Kelly Naze of the USA second in 58.87.

Tosky came back to swim the second leg on the winning 400 free relay team that clocked a meet record of 3:40.97. That erased the previous mark of 3:42.73 set in 2009. Tosky had the fastest leg, an eye-opening 54.83, while Schaefer contributed a 55.12 on her third leg.

The U.S. National Youth Team won 12 medals – four gold, five silver and three bronze – on Saturday. After three days, Team USA's total medal tally now stands at 34 – 11 gold, 13 silver and 10 bronze. The Americans lead all teams in the overall medal count and in the team scoring.

On Friday, Tosky earned a bronze medal in the women's 100-meter free with a personal record of 55.25. She was one of three swimmers under the old meet record of 55.37, set by Dagny Knutson. Eventual winner Yolane Kukla of Australia tied the meet mark in the prelims before winning the gold in 54.69. Lia Neal of the U.S. was second in 54.91. Kukla had gone 54.02 at the Pan Pacific Championships last week in Irvine.

Schaefer was ninth in the 100 free in 55.98.

Tosky was the No. 2 seed heading into the 400 IM on Friday, but chose not to compete. She also pulled out of the 200 fly on Friday. She did, however, anchor the USA's 800-free relay team to victory in 8:00.89, clocking a 2:00.57 to give the Americans a nearly six-second triumph over Canada.

The U.S. National Youth Team won eight medals – three gold, three silver and two bronze – during Friday's second day of competition.

Tosky finished her meet with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals.

-- Palo Alto Online Sports

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