Ryan Kao

Ryan Kao
Ryan Kao is a freshman at the University of California, Berkeley. Originally from southern California, Kao made the move up north to swim for Cal and study Computer Science. He finds the Cal men’s program to be somewhat of a brotherhood, and is a motivational environment for him. Born May 6, 1996 to parents, Pan Kao and Lieling Hwang, Kao swam for La Mirada Armada in Southeast Los Angeles. Kao is primarily a middle distance swimmer, but also adds some depth in the 200 backstroke and can even handle a 200 butterfly. In the 2014 recruiting class Kao was the 34th recruit overall, and he was the one of the top 10 in the state of California. He also qualified for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials as just a sixteen-year-old.

UC Berkeley
Kao is in his first season as a Cal Bear.

National Competition
At Kennedy High School Kao is a five-time CIF champion and also a three-time Empire League MVP. He competed in the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials, finishing 67th overall.

Best Times

Course Event Time Date Meet
scy 200 Free 1:36.56 03/26/14 2014 Florida NASA National Championships
Clearwater, Florida
scy 500 Free 4:20.28 05/10/13 2013 California D2 Southern Sectional Championships
Riverside, California
scy 1650 Free 15:21.56 12/06/12 2012 Speedo Winter Junior Nationals
Knoxville, Tennessee
scy 200 Back 1:47.30 03/26/14 2014 Florida NASA National Championships
Clearwater, Florida
Ryan Kao after winning the 500 free. Photo: Anne Lepesant Ryan Kao appeared satisfied with a season best in the 400 free of 3:57.51. That won the C-Final. (Courtesy: Tim Binning/TheSwimPictures.com) Cal Golden Bears celebrate the Team Title - 2014 Men's NCAA DI Swimming & Diving Championships (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures)