WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
August 13, 2010
The future of swimming looks bright in the United States for quite a few years to come after several outstanding performances this past week at the Speedo Junior National Long Course Championships in Irvine, Calif.
On the fifth and final day, Jasmine Tosky, 16, of Palo Alto Stanford won her fourth event in the women’s 200-meter individual medley in a career-best 2:13.02 Friday night, just missing the meet record.
She was also a member of the winning 4×100-meter medley relay team, was third in the 50-meter freestyle in 25.96 and helped lead her team to the women’s team title.
Swim Torrance’s Vlad Morozov, 18, continued his remarkable run in the meet with a victory in the 50-meter freestyle in 22.13, both a meet record and career-best. He twice lowered the meet record, first in prelims in 22.23.
It was the final meet record of the individual events.
South Florida Aquatic Club’s remaining two swimmers made their final juniors appearance before heading off the college.
Florida State-bound Tiffany Oliver, 17, finished 60th in the 50-meter freestyle in 27.26. SOFLO teammate and Texas A&M-bound Melissa Cooper, 18, was 98th in 27.66.
In the team competition, Palo Alto Stanford Aquatics captured the women’s team title with 304 points. Terrapins Swim Team moved ahead of Parkland Aquatic Club for second, 134-127.
Fort Lauderdale Aquatics, led by junior national team member Lauren Driscoll, 16, finished 14th with 68 points.
SwimMAC Carolina won men’s team title 210 points. City of Plano Swimmers finished second with 190 and Santa Clara Swim Club was third with 133. Metro Aquatics finished tenth with 66 points, one of its highest finishes in team history.
Other Florida Gold Coast results:
Women 1500-meter freestyle: 10. Damaris Iriondo, 17, FLA 16:56.72, career-best.
Women 200-meter individual medley: 5. Lauren Driscoll, FLA 2:17.52, career-best; Lindsey McKnight, Unattached, DFS.
Men 200-meter individual medley: 50. Lukas Grabl, 18, FLA 2:09.92.
Men 800-meter freestyle: 2. Carlos Omana, 17, Metro Aquatics 8:09.63 career-best; 47. Lukas Grabl, 18, FLA 8:28.53; 95. Samuel Smiddy, 16, AK Sharks 8:38.41; Ryan Rosenbaum, FLA DFS.
Individual Speedo Junior National champion winners were:
Women 1500-meter freestyle: Rachel Zilinskas, 15, Fox Chapel 16:37.96, career-best.
Women 200-meter individual medley: Jasmine Tosky, 16, Palo Alto Stanford 2:13.02, career-best.
Women 50-meter freestyle: Madeline Schaefer, 17, Palo Alto Stanford 25.37 career-best.
Women 4×100-meter medley relay: Palo Alto Stanford (Howe, Liang, Tosky, Schaefer) 4:13.52.
Men 200-meter individual medley: Evan Noble, 18, Clayton Shaw 2:04.15, career-best.
Men 50-meter freestyle: Vlad Morozov, 18, Swim Torrance, 22.13 meet record and career-best.
Men 800-meter freestyle: Nicholas Caldwell, 17, Sarasota YMCA 8:06.01 career-best.
Men 4×100-meter medley relay: SwimMAC Carolina (Ke. Darmody, Fleming, Brumm, Ky. Darmody) 3:49.86.
The meet served as a selection meet for the Junior Pan Pacific Championships held later this month in Maui, Hawaii (Aug. 26-30) and the USA Swimming Youth Team.
The third and final meet in Irvine this month will be the Pan Pacific Championships which get under way on Wednesday and pits the U.S. against China, Australia and Canada in addition to several other countries.
Sharon Robb can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org