Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics made its first big splash at the Speedo Junior National Championships as Curtis Ogren won the 400-meter IM on Thursday at the William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Complex in Irvine.
Ogren, a St. Francis High grad who will swim at Stanford this fall, claimed the top spot with a time of 4:18.02. He came into the race as the top seed.
In the women's 400 free relay, PASA clocked 3:48.49 to finish second to a meet and National Age Group record of 4:44.88 by Carmel Swim Club of Indiana. PASA's team included Jennifer Campbell (Gunn), Burlingame grad Leah Goldman, Monta Vista grad Sarah Kaunitz and Sacred Heart Prep grad Ally Howe.
Howe, who will join Ogren and Liang at Stanford in the fall, won the consolation finals of the 200 back in 2:12.98. Liang was 19th overall in the 100 free prelims in 51.61.
In the men's 200 backstroke, incoming Stanford freshman Patrick Conaton of Badger Swim Club touched first in a tight top three, finishing with the win in 1:59.67.
The second night of action got off to a thrilling start as Allie Szekely of Central Bucks Swim Team swam the ninth fastest 15-16 Age Group time in history to win the 200m backstroke in a time of 2:11.29.
The meet continues through Sunday with prelims at 9 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.