PASA swimmers earn silver medals at junior national meet


Gunn grad Jennifer Campbell and Palo Alto junior Grace Zhao each earned a silver medal at the Speedo Junior National Championships in San Antonio on Sunday and both swam dramatic races.

Incoming Stanford freshman Ella Eastin competed in her fourth championship final in as many days, finishing fourth in the 100 back with a time of 1:01.61.

On the men's side, incoming Stanford freshman Jack Walsh placed 10th in the 100 back in 59.73, while the Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics club's Jeremy Babinet went 2:18.65 in the 200 breast for a ninth-place showing.

PASA's Alec Hsing went 2:20.59 for a 16th place finish.

Zhao was in third position at the 50-meter point of the 200 breast and then fell into sixth at the halfway.

She moved into fourth at 150 and produced a 38.90 over the final lap to edge past Ella Nelson and into second place. Her final time was 2:31.00.

Campbell swam a steady race and was in third after 150 meters following a back-and-forth race with Erika Brown. The future California swimmer inched into second and held off the hard-charging Brown by .12 seconds.

The competition concludes Monday.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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