How I chose my Rice number: "Here is my reason for choosing the number nine. It was my year I lived in one place for more than three years before my family started bouncing around the country." -- Diane Gu
At Rice --
2008: Joyce Pounds Hardy Award (as the Rice University Female Student-Athlete of the Year); Arthur Ashe Award; All-Conference USA; C-USA All-Academic Team; C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll; Rice University Scholar-Athlete; Reached the C-USA Championship finals in finishing eighth in both the 50-free (23.79 in prelims) and 100-free (52.06 in prelims)... Swam the anchor leg of the Owls' record-setting, C-USA champion 200-medley relay... Also served as the anchor leg of the C-USA second place 200-freestyle relay as well as the C-USA second place 400-freestyle relay.
2007: Arthur Ashe Award (first team); Conference USA All-Academic Team (the league's inaugural academic team for swimming); C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll; C-USA Swimmer of the Week (Nov. 8, 2006); Finished second at the C-USA Championships in the 50-free (23.26), the Owls' best mark of the year... Reached the C-USA's championship finals in the 100 with a time of 51.83... Best 100-free was 51.81 from the Phill Hansel Duals... Scored for the team at conference as a member of three relays that all posted second place finishes... Swam the lead leg of the sprint relay and was the anchor of the 200-medley and 400-free relay...
2006: C-USA Commissioner's Academic Honor Roll; C-USA Swimmer of the Week (Jan. 16)... Competed at the U.S. Senior Nationals over the summer... Capped a sensational debut season of Division I competition by being named a co-recipient (with Brittany Massengale) of the Catherine Hannah Award as the Owls' outstanding swimmer(s) of the year... Became only the third freshman in school history and the first rookie in 17 years to earn or share the Hannah Award (previous freshman winner was Michelle LeBlanc in 1989)... Represented Rice at the NCAA Championships in Athens, Ga., by competing in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events... Finished 34th in the country at the NCAAs in the 50-free with a time of 23.12... Had a better 50 time at the C-USA meet (22.78 to take fourth), but the NCAA time was still the 14th-fastest among all the freshmen at the national championships... Owns the second-fastest 50 in Rice history and the third-fastest 100-free, a time of 50.69 which earned her a sixth-place finish at the C-USA championships... Swam the anchor leg of the 400-freestyle relay that finished second at conference with a time of 3:22.03, crushing a six-year old Rice record... Anchored the Owls' 200-medley relay and swam the second leg of the sprint relay, both of which are among the best in school history... Recorded a season-best 1:53.31 to score for the team in the 200-free at conference... Showed her versatility with a 59.85 in the 100-butterfly at the Las Vegas Invitational.
High School -- A 2005 graduate of Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Fla... Competed in the 2004 U.S. Olympic trials as a junior... Multiple National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association (NISCA) All-America honoree... Two-time state champion in the 50-freestyle and the 2004 runner-up in the 100... Posted the country's second-fastest time in the 50 (23.24) among all high school seniors in 2005... Had the 14th-fastest time in the 100 (51.29) and won the 50-free at the Speedo Sectionals... Led the Rams to a fourth place-finish at 2005 state championships... Selected as the team's Most Valuable Performer all four years... Coached by Fred Tyler... Member of the National Honor Society and received the the school's Scholar-Athlete Award... Also a member of academic honor roll, Spanish Honor Society and the Asian Cultural Club... Named USA Swimming Academic All-America.
Club -- Veteran performer for Fast Lane aquatics... Coached by Alec Rukosuev.
Personal -- Full Name: Diane Di-Ying Gu. Born: Jan. 27, 1987 in Albuquerque, New Mex. Parents: Albert and Tracy Gu, Longwood, Fla. (two sisters). Accomplished pianist and oboist and a member of the Florida Symphonic Youth Orchestra. College: Brown.
50 Freestyle 22.78
200 Freestyle 1:53.31
100 Freestyle 50.69
100 Butterfly 59.85