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Local prep swimmers earn All-American honors

 

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 Palo Alto senior Jasmine 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.

— Keith Peters/Palo Alto Online

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