Valerie Yoshimura
Valerie Yoshimura
Year: Junior
Hometown: Gladwyne, Penn.
High School: The Baldwin School
Position: Freestyle/IM
Major: Applied Mathematics

Junior 2017-18
Placed fifth in the 200 butterfly (2:01.25) and sixth in the 200 IM (2:03.93) at HYP ... Finished ninth in the 200 butterfly (2:08.90) against Brown and Penn .. Placed third in the 100 freestyle (53.65) and 200 freestyle (1:54.36) against Cornell ... Third in the 200 butterfly (2:07.36) against Columbia. 

Sophomore 2016-17
Eighth in the ‘B’ final of the 200 fly, third in the 400 IM ‘C’ final and sixth in the ‘C’ final of the 200 IM … Placed 14th in the 100 free, 11th in the 200 fly and 14th in the 200 IM at H-Y-P … Fourth in the 200 fly and eighth in the 100 free vs. Brown and Penn … Runner-up in the 200 fly and fourth in the 200 breast against Columbia … Top finisher in the ‘D’ final of the 400 IM at the Texas Invite … Third in the 100 fly against Cornell and Dartmouth. 

Freshman 2015-16
Finished ninth against Cornell and Dartmouth in the 100 fly (1:00.10) … Claimed fifth in the 200 free (1:56.29) and in the 100 free (54.23) against Columbia … Took sixth in the 200-meter (2:08.79) and eighth in the 200 backstroke (2:08.59) against Brown and Penn … Registered Harvard’s fourth-best time in the 200 fly (2:03.34) at the ECAC Championships … Also had Harvard’s fifth-fastest times in the 200 IM (2:02.93), the 400 IM (4:24.13) and the 100 free (51.88) at the ECAC Championships.

Before Harvard:
Top Times:
50 free: 23.01
100 free: 50.18
100 fly: 54.17
200 IM: 2:01.41

Valierie Yoshimura is an excellent competitor between the lanes, as she was a 2012 Olympic Trial Qualifier, six-time All American, three-time Scholastic All American, five-time National Qualifier, six-time Junior National Qualifier, two-time Eastern Champion and named an NISCA Academic All American. Out of the pool, Yoshimura earned the Yale Book Award and AAPT Physics Student of the Year accolades.

"I chose Harvard for its unparalleled academic environment and the phenomenal HWSD women and coaches," Yoshimura said. "I was not only impressed by the HWSD team's athletic prowess, but also by their distinctive poise and intellect. The coaches have created a unique environment in which the team may thrive both as students and athletes. I immediately knew that I wanted to be a part of this amazing community."