Hu Named Empire 8 Swimmer of the Year

Hoboken, NJ – Sophomore John Hu (Oak Harbor, Wash.) of the Stevens Institute of Technology men’s swimming team was named the Empire 8 Swimmer of the Year, it was announced Tuesday morning by the league office. Hu helped the Ducks to a 14th-place finish at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Swimming and Diving Championships last week, the highest finish in program history.

Hu set Empire 8 records and finished in the top-six in three events at the NCAA Championships. He placed fifth in the 400-yard individual medley (3:55.21), and sixth in the 200 IM (1:50.72) and the 200-yard butterfly (1:48.90). He was also a member of the honorable mention All-American 800-yard freestyle relay team that finished 14th in the country. In total, Hu earned three individual All-America honors and one honorable mention All-America nod.

Duck swimmers earned All-America honors six times, honorable mention All-America honors 16 times, and broke six school-records at the NCAA’s. Hu is the first Stevens swimmer in program history to finish the nationals with three All-America finishes in individual events.

Hu is currently a member of the school-record 800-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relay teams in addition to holding individual program-bests in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:04.55), 100-yard butterfly (51.84), 200-yard butterfly (1:48.90), 200-yard individual medley (1:50.72), and 400-yard individual medley (3:55.21).

The Stevens sophomore was also named the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Swimmer of the Meet for his performance at the championships in early December. He earned a total of 128 points, 14 more than the next closest competitor which was Duck sophomore Alex Benham (Raleigh, N.C.).

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