USC junior Jasmine Tosky has announced her retirement from competitive swimming on the same day as the pre-cut selection lists for the NCAA Championships were revealed without her name on them – when she otherwise would have earned an invite to the meet.
“This was not a spontaneous decision and I understand it was not elegantly timed,” Tosky said of her decision. “I am very grateful that my coaches and teammates have supported me. I also want to thank USC and the entire Athletic Department. This decision was made completely separate from USC and I look forward to completing my degree in business administration next year. My time as a Trojan means the world to me. Fight on!”
Tosky is a former member of the USA Swimming National Team and was a member of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 World Championship meets, including golds in both 2011 and 2012 as a prelims swimmer on Team USA’s 800 free relays. She also placed 9th individually in the 200 fly at the 2012 World Short Course Championships.
Tosky earned 5 All-American awards in her three seasons at USC.
“During every athlete’s career, regardless of success realized or not, they will come to the decision to retire from the sport,” USC head coach Dave Salo said. “Jasmine’s decision has been made during the process of training and competing each and every day over the past couple of years. We admire the courage it took for her to conclude that she was done with swimming during the Pac-12 Championships when her teammates and coaches were there to be supportive of her decision.”
Salo continued: “It is with the greatest respect that I appreciate Jasmine felt it was best for her and, maybe more importantly, for her team, that she should conclude her season now rather than later. There is no greater personal accountability from an athlete than when they decide on their terms when to retire. Jasmine is a proud Trojan and we are excited for her as she moves on in her life without collegiate swimming.”
With retirement, Tosky gives up one remaining season of eligibility.