Stanford grad Breeden swims to silver medal


Stanford grad and Olympian Elaine Breeden was one of five former and current Cardinal swimmers to reach the finals of their events at Friday's Santa Clara International Grand Prix swim meet.

Breeden finished second in the 100-meter butterfly, clocking a 58.84. California's Dana Vollmer won the race in 58.22, with Australia gold medalist Stephanie Rice fnishing third.

Breeden improved upon her world No. 24-ranked season best of 58.87.

Cardinal grad Liz Smith finished fourth in the 200 breast with a time of 2:29.25 in a race that included Olympians Rebecca Soni and Amanda Beard. Smith missed a medal by .39 seconds. Stanford grad Julia Smit finished 15th in 2:34.48 in a race she normally doesn't swim.

Smit, who has made her mark in the individual medleys, performed better in the 100 free while clocking a 56.02 to finish seventh in a race that included American recordholder Amanda Weir.

Palo Alto High senior Jasmine Tosky of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics won the 'B' final of the 100 fly in 59.51, which would have gotten her sixth in the 'A' final had she qualified. Tosky also took 12th overall (third in the 'B' final) in the 100 free in 55.93, which would have earned her seventh in the championship final ahead of Smit.

Tosky came in seeded No. 15 in the 100 free and No. 11 in the 100 fly, improving in both events.

Stanford sophomore Andie Taylor was seventh in the 400 free, swimming a 4:12.05. Cardinal sophomore Maya DiRado won the 'B' finals in a personal best of 4:11.43, a better time than three swimmers in the championship finals.

Stanford grad Eugene Godsoe finished sixth in the 100 fly with a time of 54.11. Olympian and world recordholder Michael Phelps won the race in a meet record of 52.41. Godsoe was second behind Phelps at the 50-meter mark.

The meet, held at the George F. Haines International Swim Center, is a tuneup for next month's FINA World Championships, World University Games and the U.S. Swimming nationals in August at Stanford.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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