Palo Alto Weekly

Sports - April 19, 2013

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IN THE POOL . . . Sacred Heart Prep junior Ally Howe went from being a big fish in a small pond to quite the opposite, yet held her own during last weekend's Arena Grand Prix long course swim meet in Mesa, Ariz. Competing against numerous members of the 2012 U.S. Olympic swim team, Howe finished sixth in the women's 200-meter back stroke in 2:15.87, trailing (among others) Olympic champion Missy Franklin's 2:09.35).

Howe also won the consolation heat of the 100 fly in 1:00.78, while finishing ahead of Olympic medalist Rachel Bootsma and 2013 NCAA Swimmer of the Year Elizabeth Pelton, both from Cal. Elsewhere in the meet, 25-year-old Bernard Thompson of Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics (PASA) won the men's 200 breast in 2:14.51 and finished third in the 100 breast in 1:02.68. Stanford grad Eugene Godsoe was third in the men's 100 fly (53.28) with former teammate Bobby Bollier fourth in 53.82). Bollier also took third in the 200 fly (1:59.80) and Godsoe was third in the 100 back (54.77). Stanford freshman Tom Kremer from Sacred Heart Prep was the top qualifier in the 200 fly, but did not swim the final. He did compete in the 200 free, where he finished eighth in 1:51.73.

Menlo Park resident (and St. Francis student) Curtis Ogren splashed to a fourth place in the men's 400 (M (4:27.75) in addition to winning consolation honors in the 200 IM in 2:05.87, a time that would have gotten him sixth had he raced in the finals. Stanford's Geoff Cheah was sixth in the men's 50 free (23.28) and Palo Alto's Liv Jensen was sixth in the women's 50 free (26.05). Stanford grad Chad La Tourette was sixth in the 400 free in 4:00.32.

ON THE FIELD . . . Four-star football safety Brandon Simmons, a member of the Class of 2014, verbally committed to Stanford University on Saturday, bootleg.com reported. Simmons made visits to five schools in six days on the West Coast before telling Cardinal coach David Shaw of his intentions.

Simmons (6-0, 175) reportedly received offers from more than 40 colleges, including seven other Pac-12 schools. The junior at Timberview High School in Arlington, Texas is ranked among the top recruits at his position . . . Menlo School grad Ryan Cavan had two hits and raised his batting average to .382 while helping the San Jose Giants hold off the Stockton Ports, 2-1, Tuesday night at San Jose Municipal Stadium . . . Santa Clara University's Larry Jackson, the 2012 West Coast Conference Goalkeeper of the Year, is working out with the Colorado Rapids as its third goalkeeper the MLS team announced last week. "We are very excited for the opportunity that Larry has earned," said SCU goalkeeper coach Eric Yamamoto. "He is a great student of the game and is committed to improving every day. His consistent improvement and hunger to learn has gotten him to this point and we think that his best days are still ahead of him." Jackson, who hails from East Palo Alto, went undrafted following the MLS Combine in January.

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