Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - November 4, 2011

Paly's Tosky picks USC over Stanford

All-American hits road instead of crossing El Camino Real

by Keith Peters

Competing just across the street from Stanford, it seemed only natural that Palo Alto High's Jasmine Tosky eventually would make the short trip across El Camino Real and continue her swimming career with the Cardinal.

Tosky, in her senior year, will be swimming at Avery Aquatic Complex in the coming years, but it will be as a member of a visiting team.

Tosky, the Swimming World Female High School Co-Swimmer of the Year, has decided to become a member of the USC swim program next fall.

Tosky reportedly made up her mind just recently and told both USC coach Dave Salo and Stanford coach Lea Maurer of her decision this past weekend, before she left Monday morning for Singapore as part of a FINA World Cup trip. She'll return this weekend.

Tosky, who is a six-star recruit in the Swimming World College Recruit Rankings system, had her selection reported by Swimming World magazine and confirmed by her Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics club coach, Tony Batis — a USC alum.

While Tosky seemed a natural fit for Stanford, she'll take her considerable talent south and swim for USC. She's an immediate threat to compete for an NCAA title in nearly any event.

According to Swimming World, Tosky already owns five times that would have put her into the A final at the 2011 NCAA Division I Championships: 200-yard free 1:44.11; 100 fly 51.92; 200 fly 1:54.63; 200 IM 1:54.80; 400 IM 4:04.65.

Tosky's 200-yard breast (2:10.56), meanwhile, would have put her into the B final at NCAAs last year, as well.

Tosky splashed to the upper echelon of recruits by becoming the first person to break Misty Hyman's legendary high school record in the 100-yard fly. Tosky clocked a 51.92 during prelims of the 2011 CIF Central Coast Section Championships to break the oldest girls' record — public or private school — in the national high school record books, as Hyman's 52.41 record had stood since 1996.

Tosky was the first to break the 52-second barrier.

Tosky will be honored as the 2011 Female High School Athlete of the Year by the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 9 at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

The San Jose Sports Hall of Fame, a program of the San Jose Sports Authority, is now in its 17th year of celebrating Santa Clara County's tremendous sports heritage.

Each November, the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame hosts an induction ceremony and dinner to recognize and honor those athletes and coaches who have contributed to our rich sports history. It is also one of the city's largest civic events with over 750 business and city leaders in attendance.

This year's San Jose Sports Hall of Fame inductees are Rudy Galindo (figure skating), former Stanford coach Art Lambert (water polo), Dan Pastorini (football), Peter Ueberroth (sports executive), and Kristi Yamaguchi (figure skating).

In addition to the Hall of Fame inductees, five honorees will be recognized — Male and Female High School Athletes of the Year, Male and Female Amateur Athletes of the Year and a Special Olympics Athlete of the Year.

All-Americans

A group of 15 local swimmers have been honored by having individual or relay times among the nation's top 100 on the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) 2010-11 high school All-American lists.

Leading the group is Tosky, who had the nation's No. 1 times in the 200 free (1:44.20) and 100 fly, a national public schools record of 51.92. Tosky also ranked No. 11 in the 500 free (4:46.18) and was a member of the Vikings' 200 free relay team that ranked No. 8 nationally and No. 1 in the state with a 1:34.50 clocking. Other relay members were Margaret Wenzlau, Jayna Wittenbrink and Sarah Liang.

Sacred Heart Prep sophomore Ally Howe ranked No. 4 in the 200 IM (2:00.24) and No. 5 in the 100 back (53.31), in addition to No. 12 in the 100 fly (54.26) and No. 32 in the 100 free (50.48).

Gunn senior Rachael Acker was No. 3 nationally in the 100 free (49.03) and No. 5 in the 50 free (22.78) while senior teammate Julia Ama was No. 14 in the 50 free (23.11) and No. 26 in the 100 free (50.32). Gunn grad Emily Watkins ranked No. 41 in the 100 breast.

The Titans' 400 free relay team of Acker, Ama, Christine Prior and Casey Lincoln ranked No. 8 nationally in 3:26.24 while Paly was No. 21 in 3:27.99. Gunn also was No. 31 in the 200 free relay.

Paly's Liang, who graduated, also was No. 19 in the 200 IM (2:01.38) and No. 21 in the 100 breast (1:02.95).

For the boys, Sacred Heart Prep senior Tom Kremer ranked third nationally and No. 1 in the state with a 1:36.72 in the 200 free. Kremer also was No. 7 nationally and No. 1 in the state in the 100 back (48.50) and No. 26 in the 100 free (45.12).

Kremer, who recently made a verbal commitment to compete next fall at Stanford, also led off the Gators' 400 free relay team that ranked No. 38. Team members included Andrew Savage, Kyle Koenig and Bret Hinrichs.

Palo Alto's Byron Sanborn was No. 23 in the 200 IM (1:50.07) and No. 31 in the 100 breast (56.47).

Current Stanford freshmen Maddy Schaefer, David Nolan and Kristian Ipsen also were among the top five nationally in their respective events.

Schaefer, from St. Francis, led the nation in the girls' 50 free (22.31) and 100 free (48.64). Nolan, from Hershey (Pa.), led the nation in the boys' 200 IM (1:41.39), 50 free (19.58), 100 fre (42.34) and 100 back (45.49), while Ipsen was among the nation's top divers.

To be considered for All-American status, a swimmer must be among the top 100 in his or her event. The 15 local swimmers were ranked among the top 50 in their respective events.

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