Palo Alto junior Jasmine Tosky set the stage for an exciting final day of the Central Coast Section Swimming and Diving Championships by setting a national record in the 100-yard butterfly during Friday's preliminaries at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.
Tosky not only erased her old CCS record of 52.77 set last year, but her winning time of 51.92 toppled the Girls Public High School national record of 52.41, set by Misty Hyman of Shadow Mountain High (Arizona) in 1996. Hyman went on to win an Olympic gold medal and graduate from Stanford.
Tosky also was the leading qualifier in the girls' 200 free (1:44.60) on a day that saw numerous records fall.
Tosky anchored Paly's 200 free relay to a school record of 1:35.37; Gunn's Rachael Acker set a school record of 49.03 while taking second in the 100 free and broke another school mark with a sizzling 22.78 second-place finish in the 50 free. Teammate Emily Watkins broke the school mark in the 100 breast with a 1:04.34.
Sacred Heart Prep freshman Ally Howe broke two school records and lowered a CCS mark, taking down the section record in the 100 back with a 53.95. She also was the top qualifier in the 200 IM with a school mark of 2:01.62. The SHP girls broke a school mark in the 200 medley relay (1:48.06) and the Gunn girls lowered a school mark in the 400 free relay with the top time of 3:27.91. M-A freshman Kindle Van Linge lowered her school record in the 100 fly to 57.53.
For the boys, Menlo-Atherton senior Nick Henze lowered the school record in the 200 free (1:41.06) while qualifying for the finals in that event and in the 100 free. Teammate Kei Masuda took down the M-A record in the 100 fly with a 51.29 and lowered his own mark in the 100 back to 53.73. Palo Alto freshman Andrew Liang tied a school record in the 50 free with a 21.47 while finishing second.
Sacred Heart Prep junior Tom Kremer broke his school record in the 100 back with a sizzling 48.97. The Gators also lowered the school record in the 200 free relay with a third-place finish of 1:26.37.
The CCS finals will get under way Saturday at 2 p.m.