VIDEO: High School Swim Star Janet Hu has Senioritis with Sights Set on Stanford

Video interview is courtesy of Kelsey Floyd. Video edit is courtesy of Coleman Hodges.

2013 U.S. Winter National Championships – WOMEN’S 50 Freestyle – as reported by SwimSwam

New full-time freestyler Natalie Coughlin powered away from the field in the women’s 50, going 21.51 en route to 1st place. At 31-years old, Coughlin beat a very veteran-dominated field – SwimAtlanta pro Amanda Weir was second in 21.62 and SwimMAC’s Madison Kennedy took third, going 21.69. But the youngest swimmer in the field was Janet Hu, who returned from her 200 IM swim earlier tonight to take 4th and break the National Age Group record she tied for this morning. Hu went 21.82 after posting a 21.89 this morning. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace was the last swimmer sub-22. She went 21.91 for fifth place.

California swimmers had the distinction of winning all three heats of the event: Kaylin Bing and Farida Osman tied in the consolation finals at 22.55 and Cindy Tran won the bonus final, going 22.81.


  1. bobo gigi says:

    Sorry for being ignorant, but what is senioritis?

    • Gooby says:

      Seniors in high school about to leave for college have a hard time caring about any of their high endeavors just because it’s coming to an end and they’re excited to be done.

      • Gold Medal Mel Stewart says:

        Gooby – thanks for the answer. It’s a “thing” in the US and probably around the world. Very human of us all to feel that way, and especially for Janet who has such a bright future ahead….

      • Ben says:

        thats not really it Gooby. When a senior has already been accepted to a college there is essentially no reason for her to kill herself to get good grades when the grades will have no bearing on anything because she has already been accepted. Obviously everyone is excited to be done but the reason for senioritis is because grades at that point become irrelevant. (as long as you dont fail classes)

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