Impressive first day at Junior Nationals for Stanford recruit


Incoming Stanford freshman Ella Eastin won the 200-meter butterfly on the first day of the Speedo Junior National Championships at Northside Aquatics Center in San Antonio on Thursday.

Palo Alto junior Grace Zhao, swimming for Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics, finished fourth in the women's 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:10.51.

Grace Zhao/Palo Alto Online Sports
Eastin, a three-time state high school champion in the spring, holds the national independent high school record in the 200 IM. She'll join former Crean Lutheran High teammate Lindsey Engel at Stanford this fall.

Eastin won the 200 fly in a personal best 2:10.12, less than a second off Palo Alto grad Jasmine Tosky's meet record of 2:09.28.

Stanford recruit Kim Williams finished second in the 'B' final of the 200 fly, swimming a 2:14.99. She placed eighth in the 100 breast in 1:11.87.

Other PASA swimmers who competed in an 'A' final included Redwood City resident and high school senior Jeremy Babinet, who placed fifth in the men's 100 breaststroke in 1:03.22.

San Ramon Valley senior Hank Poppe gave his verbal commitment to Stanford on the eve of the meet. He joins older sister Heidi, who swims for the women's team. Poppe finished eighth in the 100 breast in 1:04.21.

The meet continues through Monday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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