One meet is over but another has yet to begin as Stanford's Avery Aquatic Center gears up for its second straight week of national-class swimming.
The Speedo Junior National Championships get under way Monday and run through Friday at Stanford while highlighting many of the finest 18-under swimmers in the nation.
Many of those top juniors just concluded a grueling week at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, where Tucson Ford won the men's and women's titles while Stanford took second in both categories.
Two of the biggest performers from the Senior National meet also will be competing in the Junior Nationals – 16-year-old Missy Franklin and 18-year-old Elizabeth Beisel. Franklin won national titles in the 100-meter free (53.63) and 100 back (59.18) while Beisel won crowns in the 200 IM (2:10.75) and 400 IM (4:34.78).
Despite suffering from jet lag after competing at the FINA World Championships the previous week in Shanghai, China, Franklin's winning times surpassed those clocked at last year's national championships while Beisel swam faster in the 400 IM than the 2010 winner.
If fatigue hasn't sidelined the top juniors, a very competitive race on Monday's opening day will be the women's 200 IM that features Franklin and Beisel plus Palo Alto High senior Jasmine Tosky. They are the top three seeds, respectively.
Another big race will be the women's 100 back on Tuesday. That features Franklin, Elizabeth Pelton, Beisel and Rachel Bootsma, the latter being Swimming World's High School Female Co-Swimmer of the Year along with Tosky.
The men's junior meet will feature Texas-bound Clay Youngquist and Stanford-bound David Nolan, the nation's top two recruits according to collegeswimming.com.
Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics will be well-represented by Tosky and Stanford-bound Maddy Schaefer plus a host of others. Prelims begin each day at 9 a.m., with finals each night at 6 p.m.
The Senior Nationals wrapped up Saturday evening with the Stanford men and women taking second while Kate Dwelley (100 free) and Liz Smith (100 breast) won consolation titles. The Stanford men's and women's 400 free relay teams each earned bronze medals.
The women's relay team of Betsy Webb, Liz Smith, Elaine Breeden and Kate Dwelley finished with a time of 4:08.16. Also third overall was the men's relay of Matt Thompson, Curtis Lovelace, Bobby Bollier and Alex Coville, which swam 3:40.06.
The men's team finished with 754 points with Tucson Ford Dealers winning with 799 points. Tucson also won the women's side with 809 points with Stanford finishing second with 758 points.
The Senior Nationals saw nine medals won by the Cardinal, six by the women. Bobby Bollier won the 200 fly, the women's 4x100 relay team won its own national title, the men's 4x200 relay team finish as a national runner-up, as did DiRado in the 400 IM. Bronze medals went to graduate Elaine Breeden (100 fly), DiRado (200 IM) and the women's 4x200 relay team. Another three Cardinal -- Nolan (200 IM) and graduates Eugene Godsoe (100 fly) and Dwelley (50 free) were fourth. Both 4x100 medley teams closed out the meet in third.