Derek Kao
Derek Kao
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Walnut, Calif.
High School: Walnut
Position: Breaststroke/IM
Major: Undeclared

Best Times:       100 Breast:  54.85        200 Breast:  2:00.51

Club:  Brea Aquatics         Coach: Jim Johnson


2016-2017 (Junior): Swam breaststroke in the 200-yard medley relay at the 2017 Ivy League Swimming and Diving Championships... 100-yard breaststroke: 12th place at Ivies with a season best time of 55.48... First place vs. Brown and UMass… First place vs. Columbia… Seventh place at Virginia Tech Invitational… First place vs. Boston University and UConn… Second place Dartmouth and Penn… Second place at Penn State… Second place at Cornell… Third place vs. Harvard and Princeton… 200-yard breaststroke: Ninth place at Ivies with a personal best time of 2:00.51... Second place vs. Brown and UMass… Third place vs. Columbia… Ninth place at Virginia Tech Invitational… Second place vs. Boston University and UConn… Third place at Penn State… Third place at Cornell… Seventh place vs. Harvard and Princeton.

2015-2016 (Sophomore): Swam in 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays at 2016 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships... 100-yard breaststroke: Fifteenth place at Ivies, personal best time of 54.85 in prelims... First place vs. Brown... First place vs. Columbia... First place vs. Penn State... Ninth place vs. Harvard and Princeton...  200-yard breaststroke: Seventeenth place at Ivies with personal best time of 2:00.71... Second place vs. Brown... Second place vs. Columbia... Sixth place at Nike Cup.

2014-2015 (Freshman): 100-yard breaststroke: 19th place at 2015 Ivy League Men's Swimming and Diving Championships, personal best time of 55.72 in prelims... First place in scrimmage at Johns Hopkins, set pool record with time of 57.02... Second place vs. Columbia... Second place vs. Boston University... Third place at Cornell... Third place vs. Penn State.. Ninth place at Bucknell Invitational... 200-yard breaststroke: 17th place at Ivies with personal best time of 2:01.31... Second place at BU... Third place vs. Columbia... Third place vs. Dartmouth and Penn... Third place vs. Penn State...  Fourth place vs. Cornell.. Sixth place at Bucknell Invitational... 200-yard IM: 35th place at Ivies... Thirteenth place at Bucknell Invitational.

Before Yale: Varsity swimming captain for three years... Undefeated league champions for four years, Hacienda League record holder for the 200 medley relay and 400 free relay... All-American Swimmer, Hacienda League Most Valuable Swimmer for two years, Walnut High School Most Valuable Swimmer for four years, San Gabriel Valley All-Area Swimmer for three years...CIF Athlete of the Year Nominee, CIF Finalist for four years.. 2014 CIF champion and record holder in the 100 breaststroke.. .Hacienda League record holder for the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke...Walnut High School record holder for the 100 breast... Academic All-American for two years...13-time Hacienda League champion.

Personal: Member of National Honor Society for three years, served as president... Volunteers at Citrus Valley Medical Center... Went on two mission trips to Taiwan, taught English to children. 

Why I Chose Yale: "I chose Yale because it appears to be the only place where great minds and a strong sense of camaraderie exist together."