Janet Hu competes in the women's 100 yard butterfly prelims during the U.S. Winter National Championships at the Texas Swimming Center.
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STANFORD, California, July 1. NATION's Capital swimmer Janet Hu, the second-ranked swimmer in the nation according to CollegeSwimming.com, has chosen to attend Stanford next year in the earliest commitment for a female swimmer out of the Class of 2014.

Hu, who swims with one of the most loaded teams in the country that includes the incomparable Katie Ledecky, did not waste any time in giving her verbal commitment to Stanford head coach Greg Meehan on the first day of contact for the Class of 2014.

"I'm so excited to have made my decision to commit to swim for Stanford," Hu told Swimming World. "It has always been my dream school. Two years ago, I was there for Summer Juniors and I loved the campus and the pool. I've also gotten to know the coaches, Greg and Tracy, and I'm really looking forward to working with them."

Hu has been a rising star for quite some time, with a name known to swimming insiders even before she starts setting U.S. National Age Group records in the 11-12 short course yard events. She still holds the marks in the 50 back (25.76) and 100 back (55.68) with sizzling times from 2008. She also remains in possession of the 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record in the 100 fly with a 52.40 from last year, and teamed with Ledecky, Robyn Dryer and Kristina Li in the 800-yard free relay last year to set the 15-16 U.S. National Age Group record in that relay with a 7:16.04.

Hu had three top-16 finishes at last week's USA Swimming nationals: 14th in 50 free, eighth in 50 fly and 13th in 100 fly. She posted lifetime best times in all three events in Indianapolis: 25.63 in 50 free, 26.98 in 50 fly and 1:00.11 in 100 fly.

In the short course yards pool, her best time in the 100 fly would have put her into the championship final at the 2013 NCAA Championships, a great spot to add points in that event with Felicia Lee rebounding after surgery. Her 100 free best time of 48.67 from last spring's NCSA junior nationals would have placed just outside the top 16. Hu has potential in the 200-yard freestyle with a lifetime best of 1:46.74.

Meehan, in just his first year at the helm of the Cardinal, has been putting together quite the head coaching resume. Maya DiRado is definitely one of his top storylines, having made the Barcelona squad in a trio of events at the World Championship Trials last week. First, she punched her ticket with an extra event in the 200 fly, before also earning a spot on the roster in the 400 IM and as part of the 800 free relay. Additionally, Lee had a sensational meet considering that she just had shoulder surgery last fall. Time will tell what Meehan can do with the likes of the versatile prodigy in Hu.

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