One-time NCAA Championships qualifier (2017) ... Two All-America honorable mentions (200 and 400 free relays).
AS A JUNIOR IN 2016-17
Two All-America honorable mentions (200 free relay, 400 free relay) ... CSCAA Scholar All-America First Team ... PCSC All-Academic First Team ... Made first trip to NCAA meet as relay swimmer for 200 and 400 free relays ... Third leg of 14th-place (1:34.43) 200 free relay at NCAA Championships (3/9) for All-America honorable mention ... Third leg of 15th-place (3:27.51) 400 free relay on final night of NCAA Championships (3/11) for All-America honorable mention ... Competed in all 11 meets, including first PCSC Championships ... Made college debut in opener at San Diego State (10/14).
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2015-16
Attended UC San Diego during the 2015-16 academic year, but was not a member of the swim team ... Added to roster in spring of 2016.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2014-15
Attended UC San Diego during the 2014-15 academic year, but was not a member of the swim team.
Swam for OC Riptide Aquatics in Huntington Beach throughout high school (2010-14) under coach Vladi Sapozhkov.
A 2014 graduate of Fountain Valley High School ... Two-time Sunset League champion in 100 free (2013-14) ... CIF Southern Section Division 1 medalist in 50 and 100 free (2014) ... Co-captain of Barons her final two years ... Top times were 23.95 in 50 free (2014) and 52.07 in 100 free (2014) ... Scholar-Athlete with high honors all four years ... Coach's Award (2011, 2013).
Born Dec. 13 in Fountain Valley ... Parents are John and Sharon Yao ... Mother attended UC San Diego and father went to UC Irvine ... Has a younger sister named Jasmin ... Computer science major with a business minor at Warren College ... Career plan after graduating from UC San Diego includes starting as a software engineer, but also getting an MBA and then working in a position that requires a mix of a technical and business background ... Top swimming memory is finally breaking 24 seconds in the 50 free at end of her senior year in high school ... Enjoys playing the piano, reading, watching musicals, surfing and traveling ... Favorite movie is Tangled ... Loves Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte (Black Forest cake) ... Has been to Germany about 20 times, and says it used to be her second home.