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U.S. Open qualifier and three-time relay National Age Group Record holder Audrey Yu has committed to Northwestern University as part of their class of 2026.
A junior at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Yu trains and competes with the Sandpipers of Nevada and qualified for U.S. Open in the 100 meter freestyle.
In the 13-14 age group, sprint specialist Yu broke the 200 free relay NAG, the 800 free relay NAG and the 400 free relay NAG alongside her teammates of the Sandpipers. That was in 2019, and Yu has continued to drop time since.
She posted her lifetime best 100 free time, which was her first time breaking 50 seconds, in December at the 2020 Las Vegas Super finals
Top SCY Times:
- 50 free – 22.64
- 100 free – 49.96
- 200 free – 1:53.02 (relay leadoff)
- 100 back – 56.06
- 100 breast – 1:05.79
Northwestern’s sprint group is headed by senior Maddie Smith and freshman Selen Ozbilen. Smith medaled in both the 50 free and 100 free at the Big Ten Championships, posting times of 21.92 and 47.98 and broke the Northwestern 100 free school record with a 48.24 this past season. This year, Ozbilen dropped lifetime best times of 49.69 in the 100 free and 22.70 in the 50 free.
Rising sophomore Isabella Wallace is also part of the Northwestern sprint squad as she posted a 23.22 at the Big Ten Championships and her best 100 free time stands at 50.48.
Emma Lepisova, a rising junior, dominates the spring backstroke events for NU. Her lifetime 100 back is 52.36 while she has posted a 50 free 23.42 in the 50 free and a 51.97 in the 100 free.
Yu joins Lindsay Ervin, Mackenzie Lanning, Riley Huddleston and Hana Shimizu-Bowers as part of NU’s class of 2026. Ervin and Huddleston are also strong freestyle sprinters (Ervin: 22.84/50.42 and Huddleston: 22.9/50.4 50 alongside a 1:51.2 200 free.)
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