Yuka Kobayashi
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Tokyo, Japan

High School:
American School in Japan

Height:
5-3

Event:
Fly/Back/IM

Major:
Neurobiology, Physiology & Behavior

2004-05: Double BIG WEST CONFERENCE CHAMPION, claiming school's first such titles in any sport... Won 100 back (55.10) and 200 back (1:59.52), and added runner-up finish in 200 fly (1:59.50)... All three times shattered UC Davis records... Became first swimmer in school history to crack two-minute mark in 200 fly or 200 back, surpassing both barriers on the same day... In doing so, she also hit NCAA D-I consideration standards... Accounted for 57.0 team points, not counting four top-four relay finishes... Also swam 200 IM as non-scoring competitor at Big West meet (2:05.26), breaking her own school record... That time would have placed her among top five in the event... Member of four relay teams at Big West meet, all of which set school records: 200 free relay (2nd, 1:35.18), 800 free relay (3rd, 7:30.89), 200 medley relay (4th, 1:43.47), 400 medley relay (3:47.48)... Competed in 400 IM in two meets, recording season-best 4:30.77 in dual at UC San Diego... Won HUBERT HEITMAN AWARD as university's top female athlete of the year, becoming fourth Aggie to win the award twice (and second to win it in nonconsecutive years)... Finished junior season as UC Davis record-holder in six individual events and all five relays.

2003-04: Triple PCSC CHAMPION, defending titles in 100 back (56.19), 200 back (2:03.35) and 200 fly (2:03.75)... Led off 200 medley relay (1:47.31) and 400 medley relay (3:53.01), each of which placed 2nd... Anchored 3rd-place 200 free relay (1:37.34) and 2nd-place 800 free relay (7:39.91)... Mark in 800 broke previous school record by almost three seconds... Had team's best 2004 marks in both butterfly and backstroke events, plus 200 free (1:54.84 at UNLV).

2002-03: NCAA CHAMPION in 100 back (56.43) and 200 fly (2:01.88)... ALL-AMERICAN in three other events: 4th in 400 IM (4:28.32), 8th in 200 IM (2:06.79 prelim), 6th as part of 400 medley relay (3:54.61)... PCSC CHAMPION in 100 back (55.90), 200 back (2:01.92) and 200 fly (2:00.98)... Also swam as part of 200 free relay (2nd, 1:36.57), 200 medley relay (2nd, 1:46.91), 400 medley relay (2nd, 3:52.26) and 400 free relay (5th, 3:32.48)... HUBERT HEITMAN AWARD as school's outstanding female athlete of the year, becoming the first freshman to win the award since gymnast Yuri Hinson in 1990... Broke Kristi Wheeler's 14-year-old 100 fly and 200 IM records in season opener vs. S.F. State... Eventually set five more individual school marks (for seven total): 500 free (5:01.16), 100 back (55.90), 200 back (2:01.92), 200 fly (2:00.98) and 400 IM (4:27.08)... Also part of school records in all five relays (all of which she helped break in 2004-05)... Records set in 100 fly and 400 IM still stand through 2004-05.

AMERICAN SCHOOL IN JAPAN: Earned first-team All-America honors in the 100 fly, honorable mention All-America in 200 IM as a freshman at Menlo-Atherton in 1999... Also captured Central Coast Section title in 100 fly that year... Swam for Palo Alto Swim Club, setting numerous records... Eventually finished high school at American School in Chofu, Japan... Competed for AQLUB Chofu while in Japan.

PERSONAL: Born in Kobe, Japan... Daughter of Hisayoshi & Mariko Kobayashi... Hisayoshi attended Waseda University in Japan... Pre-med student, majoring in neurobiology, physiology & behavior (NPB)... Proudest personal accomplishment was winning the Hubert Heitman Award in 2003 and 2005... Sports hero is Japanese breaststroke legend Kosuke Kitajima.