Born Dec. 7, 1995 Janet Hu is an elite sprinter from Vienna, Va. Hu is currently in her freshman season at Stanford University where she is undeclared on her major. Standing 5’9″ Hu specializes in butterfly, backstroke and butterfly and was collegeswimming.com’s no. two recruit in the class of 2014. Hu didn’t waste much time when deciding on college either – she committed to Stanford coach, Greg Meehan, on July 1, which was the first day collegiate coaches could call a rising senior. Hu was the first major commitment in the class, and it was reminiscent of a time that recruits verbal much earlier in the recruiting process. She graduated from Oakton High School, where she was named the 2011-2012 All Met Swimmer of the Year. Hu technically is the fastest high school swimmer to ever compete in the 50 freestyle, swimming a 21.82; however, she has not broken a 22 within a high school competition. That record belongs to the now Georgia Bulldog, Olivia Smoliga. She does own the NAG record in the 17-18 girl’s 50 freestyle, which she had previously owned in a tie with Tennessee’s Faith Johnson. Hu has many other NAG records including the 200 butterfly and the 800 freestyle relay.
As a freshman Hu finished in the top eight in all three of her individual events at the Pac-12 Championships. She qualified for the NCAA Championships and she finished 29th in the 50 freestyle, was a member of the runner-up 200 freestyle relay, 11th in the 100 butterfly, 23rd in the 200 butterfly, and was a member of the American-record setting 400 freestyle relay.
Hu broke her first National Age Group record at just 12 years old, and continually made headlines in the swimming world. She most recently joined up with her Nation’s Capital teammates, including Stanford commit Katie Ledecky, to break the NAG record in the 800 freestyle relay. At the NCSA Nationals, Hu broke the 200 butterfly NAG record holder previously held by Stanford Cardinal, Elaine Breeden.
Hu was a member of USA Swimming’s National Junior Team, and qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials.