Erica Kao
Erica Kao
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Sycamore
Position: Sprint Freestyle

2010-2011 (Junior): 50-yard freestyle: Finished 23rd at the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships with a time of 24.24… Best finish in the event was against Vermont, first with a time of 25.19… 100-yard freestyle: Best finish in the even was against Cornell, second with a time of 54.14… Fastest time was 53.54 against Columbia… 100-yard butterfly: Swam a 58.47 in the prelims of the Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships.

2009-2010 (Sophomore): 50-yard freestyle: Best time of the year was 24.09 against Harvard and Princeton… Finished second against UConn with a time of 24.82.

2008-2009 (Freshman): Swam for Yale at the Ivy League Championships… Swam on the preliminary relay team for the 400-yard medley relay, 200-yard freestyle relay, 200-yard medley relay… 50-yard freestyle: Finished 26th in the preliminaries with a time of 24.53… 100-yard breaststroke: Just missed out on making the C final with a time of 1:09.28… 100-yard freestyle: Just missed out on the night session with at time of 53.68… Notes: Walk-on, eventually competed at the Ivy League Championships.

Before Yale: Four-year letter winner in swimming at Sycamore High School… Captain senior year… Team was State Championship finalists and GMC Champions… GMC First Team All Conference… All-American… Valedictorian… AP Scholar with Distinction…Varsity athlete with the highest GPA… National Merit Finalist.

Personal: Member of Calhoun College… Double majoring in biology and English… Twin brother, Jason, attends Ohio State.

Why I Chose Yale: "I picked Yale because I liked it the best when I visited -- it felt like home to me. I also wanted to balance my possible science-centered major with the arts and humanities, and I felt Yale was the best for that."