Palo Alto's Tosky continues buildup for the summer


Palo Alto High junior swim standout Jasmine Tosky didn't have a swim meet to compete in this past weekend, which is probably a good thing. Three weeks ago she was busy helping her team finish second at the Central Coast Section championships and two weeks ago she was starring at the Speedo Grand Challenge in Irvine.

Next up for Tosky and her Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics teammates will be the annual Santa Clara International Grand Prix starting June 16 at the George F. Haines International Swim Center in Santa Clara.

Tosky used last year's Santa Clara meet as a sort of coming out party. Now, Tosky is a known quantity in U.S. swimming circles -- especially after her stunning effort over the Memorial Day weekend at Irvine's William Wollett Aquatic Center.

Tosky finished no lower than fourth place in seven events while winning twice. Part of the reason for that was the unique set up for the championship finals, where only the top four swam. She lost to Olympians and beat competitors from Stanford University along the way.

Tosky's save her best for last by winning the 200-meter butterfly in 2:09.37, her second-fastest time ever. That made her the No. 3 American this season behind Stanford graduate and 2008 Olympian Elaine Breeden (2:08.60) and fellow Kathleen Hershey (2:09.12), both of whom are ranked among the top 25 in the world. Tosky is just outside that elite group.

Tosky's other victory came in the 200-meter free, where she stopped the clocked in 2:00.00. She defeated Stanford's Kate Dwelley (2:01.24) and Andi Murez (2:02.42), second and third respectively, plus PASA teammate Rachael Acker (seventh).

Last summer, Tosky qualified for this summer's FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China, in the 200 free. She'll swim on the USA's 800 free relay team.

Tosky also finished third in the 100 free in Irvine at 55.94, was third in the 200 IM in 2:13.80, finished third in the 200 breast in 2:32.55, was third again in the 100 fly (59.93) and got an Olympic Trials qualifying mark in the 100 breast with a fourth-place finish of 1:11.37.

Tosky is now qualified for the Olympic Trials next June in Omaha, Neb., in 11 of 13 events. The only cuts she is missing are in the 100 and 200 backstrokes.

Stanford grad Julia Smit also had a busy meet in Irvine. She won the 400 IM in a meet record of 4:38.83 and now ranks No. 9 in the world this season. Stanford freshman Maya DiRado was third in 4:45.28.

Smit was first in the 100 back (1:02.32), first in the 200 back with a meet record of 2:12.72, second in the 50 free (25.49), second in the 100 free (55.11), and second in the 200 IM (2:11.79).

Other local swimmers competing in the finals of the women's events included Stanford's Felicia Lee, Betsy Webb, Elizabeth Smith and Andi Taylor, who won the 400 free (4:14.79) and 800 free (8:40.81).

In the men's side of the meet, Stanford's Chad La Tourette won the 1,500 free in 15:14.52 (fastest by an American this season) and was third in the 400 free (3:55.33). Stanford grad Markus Rogan won the 200 IM (2:01.12) and the 400 IM (4:19.84). Rogan currently swims for Trojan Swim Club in Southern California.

Stanford's Matt Thompson was second in the 400 IM (4:26.56), second in the 200 back (2:03.74), third in the 200 IM (2:05.58) and third in the 100 back (56.49).

PASA's Ben Hinshaw was third in the 400 IM (4:31.24), and fifth in the 200 IM (2:06.09) while PASA's Nick Trowbridge was third in the 200 back (2:05.42) with Paly freshman William Lee of PASA taking 11th in 2:10.45 after swimming 2:09.78 in the prelims.

— Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online Sports

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Posted by cbaclu
a resident of Fairmeadow
on Jun 7, 2011 at 11:44 am


Are there any other swimmers in town beside Jasmine? I mean really... This is a good article but let's give some of the other kids a chance. :)

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Posted by Swim Fan
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 7, 2011 at 12:56 pm

Sure, just a quick scan of the finals (top 20) results, restricting to PASA swimmers who go to a public high school in Palo Alto, shows Rachael Acker 6th in the 100 free (with an Olympic Trials cut), 9th in 50 free, 18th in 100 fly and 17th in 100 back, in addition to her 200 free mentioned in the article; Casey Lincoln 14th in 800 free, 16th in 400 free and 19th in 200 free; Julia Ama 14th in 200 free, 15th in 50 free; Andrew Liang 18th in 100 fly; Byron Sanborn, 18th in 200 IM. Including all the other PASA swimmers would take too long - there are a lot. We have a wealth of swimming talent here.

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Posted by Noel
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 7, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Keith - yes there are quite a number of outstanding young swimmers in town. In fact we live in an area of swimming excellence. But Jasmine is truly in a class of her own, ranking among the very best in our country at the tender age of 17. She has gotten less recognition than high school athletes in football, basketball and other sports who are many years (if ever!)from achieving in their sports what Jasmine has accomplished in swimming. And she keeps getting better!

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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 7, 2011 at 5:36 pm

In addition to being an outstanding swimmer - she has remained a nice person and a supportive teammate! Not all elite athletes can claim that in addition to their talents.

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