PASA will have a presence at Junior National Championships


More than 800 of America's top up-and-coming swimmers will participate this week at USA Swimming's 2015 Speedo Junior National Championships, opening Thursday at San Antonio's Northside Swim Center.

The five-day meet, which runs through Monday, Aug. 3, will consist of daily prelims followed by finals at 4 p.m. PT.

Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics will have solid shots at individual and team honors during the annual meet. The men's 400-meter free relay, in fact, set the meet record last year at 3:45.86.

Among the top-seeded PASA men will be Joe Kmak (No. 5 in 100 breast, No. 8 in 200 breast), Jeremy Babinet (No. 7 in 200 breast, No. 9 in 100 breast), Ben Ho (No. 9 in 200 back, No. 13 in 100 back, No. 19 in 200 IM), Joe Molinari (No. 8 in 400 IM), Albert Gwo (No. 9 in 50 free), Lucca Martins (No. 11 in 200 fly) and Alex Liang (No. 20 in 400 free.

For the PASA women, top seeds include Grace Zhao (No. 4 in 100 breast, No. 9 in 200 breast), Jenna Campbell (No. 6 in 200 free), Izzi Henig (No. 15 in 50 free, No. 18 in 100 free), and Chloe Isleta (No. 13 in 200 IM).

PASA also will be strong in the relays with the men No. 1 in the 400 medley, No. 3 in the 400 free and No. 7 in the 800 free. The PASA women are No. 2 in the 400 free, No. 3 in the 400 medley and No. 4 in the 800 free relay.

Also among the standout swimmers expected to compete in San Antonio are a number of USA Swimming National Junior Team members, including the likes of Stanford recruit Ella Eastin. She's seeded No. 1 in the 200 fly, 200 IM and 400 IM plus No. 3 in the 200 breast. She was a medalist at last summer's Junior Pan Pacific Championships.

All competitors at Speedo Junior Nationals must be age 18 or under on the first day of the competition, and each participant met qualifying standards to earn a spot in the meet.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/USA Swimming

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