By Colin Becht
Palo Alto Online Sports
Jasmine Tosky took a little time off during what has to be a tiring three-week stretch of swim meets that took her to China and back. The short respite helped.
The Palo Alto High senior earned her second gold medal of the Speedo Junior National Championships with a startling victory in the 100 fly Wednesday at Stanford.
Tosky, who swims with Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, won the event with apparent ease, completing the race in 59.51, more than a second ahead of runner-up Olivia Barker.
"I didn't think it was that easy," Tosky said. "I kind of just had to get out there and I felt I had to work a lot harder."
The victory, following her first gold medal as part of PASA's 400 freestyle relay on Tuesday, epitomizes a nice turnaround for Tosky from the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships, which she characterized as "not a very happy meet for me."
Suffering from jet lag after competing in the FINA World Championships in Shanghai two weeks ago, Tosky had a rough go in the USA National Championships. She qualified for the consolation final in the 200 individual medley, 200 butterfly and 200 freestyle, made the bonus final in the 100 butterfly, and failed to even reach the finals in the 100 freestyle.
"I'm relieved a bit," Tosky said after receiving her gold medal. "Nationals are in the past even though it was just a week ago."
Tosky's coach Tony Batis said her win on Wednesday had less to do with her talent than her drive.
"One of her best skills and one of the things she's most known for is racing," Batis said. "She's racing a very strong field on limited energy. That's more guts and determination than any special coaching."
Adam Hinshaw joined Tosky as the only other PASA swimmer with two gold medals as Hinshaw went down to the wire to pull out a victory in the 400 freestyle.
Sitting in third place after 350 meters and trailing by more than four tenths of a second, Hinshaw found a late surge to touch just ahead of Matias Koski, winning by .13 seconds. He finished with a time of 3:56.27.
"I knew I had really great finishing speed based off my other performances at Juniors so far and at Nationals," Hinshaw said, referring to his gold in the 400 individual medley on Tuesday. "So at the last 50 there, I knew that if I threw in my kick, I would be able to get to the wall first."
It was Hinshaw's closing speed that made the difference as he swam the final 50 meters in 28.10 seconds, his fastest lap by nearly two seconds. Hinshaw followed his plan for the race perfectly, waiting in fourth or third place for much of the race, but remaining close enough to catch the leaders in the final sprint.
"I just wanted to stay in the lead pack and then in the last 50 (meters), take off," he said.
Haley Sims of PASA qualified for the finals of the 100 butterfly with Tosky and finished in 1:01.14 to earn ninth place. Rachael Acker took third place in the bonus final with a time of 1:01.92. Her time as well as Simms' was quick enough to qualify for the Olympic Trials next summer.
The PASA relay team of Hinshaw, Connor Stuewe, Andrew Liang and Byron Sanborn finished 10th in the 800 freestyle relay with a time of 7:42.42.
Jack Lane, who will be a freshman at Stanford this fall, swam 54.78 in the 100 butterfly to earn fourth place and his qualification for the Olympic Trials.